Making the Internet a Better Place – an invite to the Wikipedia Day conference on Sunday 14 Jan 2018

This post was contributed by Ann Matsuuchi, Instructional Technology/Systems Librarian, LaGuardia Community  College.

2017, Ace Hotel, New York
There will be cake!

On Sunday, January 14, the NYC Wikipedia+free culture community will celebrate its annual mini conference and celebration. At this event last January, Tim Wu spoke with Noam Cohen, from the New York Times, and Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, on a thought provoking panel about the state of the internet and journalism. This year, confirmed speakers so far include Jessie Daniels, who will take part in a discussion on online harassment, and Jason Scott, from the Internet Archive.

There will be a number of students, librarians, and faculty from the CUNY universe participating and presenting on classroom and archival Wikipedia projects, including those from LaGuardia Community College, Baruch, and Macauley Honors College.

Please stop by for some or all of this year’s Wikipedia Day! It is free and open to all. There will be cake.

Wikipedia Day NYC 2018:

The Stars of the Open Access Week Double Feature

We’ve already announced the Open Access Week Double Feature, the October 26 event consisting of a two-hour morning session about authors’ rights and a CUNY institutional repository and a two-hour afternoon session about open access curricular materials.  And now we’re thrilled to announce the day’s presenters:

Morning Session (10am-noon):

10am-11am: Authors’ Rights Workshop
Presenters: Stephen Francoeur (Library, Baruch), Ann Matsuuchi (Library, LaGuardia), and Maura A. Smale (Library, City Tech)

11am-noon: Panel Presentation on Progress Toward a CUNY Institutional Repository
Presenters: Jill Cirasella (Library, Brooklyn), Stephen Klein (Library, Grad Center), and Polly Thistlethwaite (Library, Grad Center)

Afternoon Session (2pm-4pm):

2pm-3pm: Temple University Library’s “Ditch That Textbook” Project: How to Make it Work in Your Classroom
Presenter: Kristina Baumli (English, Temple University)

3pm-4pm: Panel Presentation by CUNY Faculty Who Have Created and/or Used Open Access Textbooks or Other Educational Materials
Presenters: Susan Amper (English, Bronx), James DiGiovanna (Philosophy, John Jay), Philip A. Pecorino (Philosophy, Queensborough and SPS), Michael Waldman (Library, Baruch)

Plus: A light breakfast will be served in the morning session!

Location: Graduate Center, Room 9205
Space is limited — RSVP required
Please RSVP to Jill Cirasella (cirasella [at] or Maura Smale (msmale [at], and please indicate whether you’d like to attend the morning session, afternoon session, or both.

Sponsored by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable (, the Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (, the UFS Open Access Advisory Group, and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library.

And Afterward…

We invite you to join us for a post-2012 OA Week mixer. Come if you’d like to meet up with folks who are interested in discussing free culture and new forms of publishing and (scholarly) communication. Join us for OA Week wrap-up drinks, discussions and brainstorming about what’s next.

All are invited, no need to rsvp, and bring a friend!

Friday, October 26
Beginning at 6pm
Rattle N Hum
14 East 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY
(between 5th and Madison)

Tomorrow! April OA Meetup!

Please join us for our next OA Meetup, Thursday, April 26, 3-5 pm in the Mina Rees Library, lower level.*

This is an open meeting–we have plenty we could discuss: May Day plans, things the group could work on, OA topics at large–but we welcome items for discussion!

*Room C196.05 on the concourse level (the room is located at the back of the computer lab on the lower level of the library–folks should remember to bring CUNY ID and enter on the 1st floor, then go down a level and back into the corner of the floor).