With an increasing number of participating countries for Wiki Loves Monuments this year (30 countries indicated their interest and counting!) we have an international coordination team of four Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 organizers. However, even with four volunteers we wouldn’t be able to keep a proper overview and give the countries the attention they deserve. Therefore, Wikimedia Deutschland has agreed to make the international Wiki Loves Monuments coordination support part of the tasks of their newly hired Cultural Partnerships Curator!
Barbara Fisher started a few days ago and is an experienced projectmanager and worked among other projects in PR for the Cultural Heritage Day Berlin. She explained us why she liked Wiki Loves Monuments so much:
You only see what you know. There are treasures to be found just in our neighborhood. Through Wiki Loves Monuments we all have the motivation to explore our surroundings and find out that the house we have passed by a million times is actually a monument. From that moment, I am sure, You will feel differently about this house. Through WLM you share that feeling with many other people all over the world. The assemble of stones gains a story and becomes worthwhile your care.
You will definitely hear more from her in the future – but her most important work will be behind the screens. Making all the wonderful volunteer organizers throughout the world more effective and efficient in their work!