Community Empowerment through Wikipedia
RIT Libraries hosted the second annual Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 24, 2018. Members of the RIT community and Rochester area improved the representation of 204 women on Wikipedia who are noted for their accomplishments in fields as varied as astronomy, medicine, animation, and sports.
Design by Students, for Students
With guidance from assistant professor Mary Golden and input from library staff, interior design students Jordanae Smith, Siobhain Page, and Octavia Spelman re-envisioned two library spaces. The students not only gained invaluable experience designing for real people with real needs, but they also added an impressive project to their portfolio when their proposed redesign of the Writing Commons was implemented on the first floor.
Educating the Public
The library’s aquarium is a popular location for the campus community to meet, read, or relax, and it often elicits questions from visitors. Conservation biology students in visiting assistant professor Kaitlyn Stack Whitney's class created posters now on display around the aquarium educating visitors about its fish and coral.
Unearthing Stories from the Archives
Museum studies students in professor Juilee Decker's class gained hands-on experience curating two exhibits in Wallace Library. Working closely with archivists, the students researched aspects of university history then selected objects from the RIT Archives and designed an exhibition case to tell stories of the RIT community.
Creating Inspiring Spaces
Senior Olivia Noll and Professor Lorrie Frear partnered with library staff to craft inspirational public art for women’s history month. The library’s chalk wall became a life-size canvas for Noll to showcase the hand lettering techniques learned in Frear’s calligraphy course.
Fostering Understanding in a Diverse Community
To challenge stereotypes and build understanding through dialogue, RIT Libraries invited members of the community to share their personal experiences in a new event series called My Untold Story. In engaging, small group discussions, participants learned about community members' immigration experiences at the inaugural event in November and others' religious beliefs at the second event in April.