In early November 2013 in Görlitz, Germany, staff from the Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences (OLB) met with 19 Wikipedians, Wikilibrarians and Wikidatists from the German and Sorbian Wikipedia, along with people involved with Wikimedia Commons. The library now forms part of the Görlitz Collections of History and Culture. It was founded in the 18th century as the research library for the Upper Lusatian Society of Sciences with an aim quite similar to that of Wikimedia projects today, which is to promote enlightened ideals and disseminate knowledge.
The event was prompted when OLB posted an article about itself on German Wikipedia in early 2012. This was followed by productive discussions between Wikipedians and the library staff, and led to the article being revised to meet the guidelines for Wikipedia entries. The library staff watched in delight as their Wikipedia entry took shape. They were not discouraged by the editing process. They got used to the fact that their text gradually developed into something new. Some of the subsequent organizers of the event in Görlitz contacted the library and after discussing it further at their regular Wikimedia meetings and securing Wikimedia Deutschland’s (WMDE) support, they came up with the idea of hosting the second stop of GLAM on Tour at the library in Görlitz to explore further options for collaboration. The OLB staff were extremely open to the idea and did all they could to accommodate the ideas put forward by the Wikipedians and Wikilibrarians.
The weekend of November 1 and 2 provided an ideal opportunity to develop the project. Participants from all over Upper Lusatia and beyond travelled to Görlitz to discuss the projects they were involved in. They also worked together over the weekend to produce online content in the form of text and images.