The Catholic University of America

Sept. 14, 2015

University Libraries Host Wiki-Edit-A-Thon and Know Your Campus Event

 
  The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library
 

University Libraries hosts two events on Wednesday, Sept. 16, a Wiki-Edit-A-Thon and a Know Your Campus guided history tour.

The Wiki-Edit-A-Thon is open to The Catholic University of America and Brookland communities and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on inside the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. Event collaborators Sam Russell, library assistant for the religious studies library, and Paul Kelly, digital archivist, say they expect the Wiki-Edit-A-Thon event to not only engage and inform the community of the skills and process behind editing Wikipedia, but also to update the pages with information details about the Brookland region.

Russell says the specific goals of the event are for “participants to learn about the editing process behind Wikipedia material and be able to add their own insight and fixes in the future” as well as “improve student information literacy, improve student research skills, allow cross-disciplinary collaboration among students across campus, and get students engaged early on.”

Russell and Kelly are joining with the CUA student chapter of the Association of Graduate Library and Information Science Students (AGLISS) to hold the event. Emily Wagner, current president of AGLISS, says, “The Association of Graduate Library and Information Science Students is really happy to be a part of this exciting effort. It’s a great opportunity for current library and information students to provide real-life information services for our immediate community.”

Event details are available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Brookland_Neighborhood_Editathon.

Know Your Campus takes place Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. outside of the library. It is a guided tour through the CUA campus given by Robert P. Malesky, CUA alumnus and author of The Catholic University of America from Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History. The tour is also open to all of the CUA and Brookland communities.

Thad Garret, instruction and marketing librarian, says, “There is so much history hidden in present-day campus — sites we pass by all the time and may have occasionally wondered ‘What used to be here?’ or ‘Why is the land carved out this way?’ So I think it is a great way for residents to learn about the University.”

For more information, or to request accommodations for disabilities, contact Lynn Weinstein at weinstel@cua.edu.

 

 

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