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50 Years in Beltsville: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Celebrate the National Agricultural Library

NAL's Abraham Lincoln Building in Beltsville, Md.
Recent edit-a-thon on NAL

This edit-a-thon was livestreamed and recorded. You can view the recording on YouTube.

Join us at the National Agricultural Library to help celebrate our 50th anniversary in Beltsville and help improve or create Wikipedia articles about the Library's history and ARS/USDA history.

The National Agricultural Library (NAL), one of the world's largest agricultural research libraries, was established as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln. The library was originally located at the headquarters building of the USDA until the library was centralized and its vast collections outgrew the Washington, D.C., space. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized an appropriation which enabled the Library to build a 14-story building at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD.

The National Agricultural Library invites Wikipedians of all levels of experience to participate in this edit-a-thon. Topics will include past librarians, USDA research discoveries and developments, the evolution of technology in conjunction with libraries, and highlights of notable research and research contributions represented within the library's special collections and stacks holdings.

During the event, people will be able to hear from and meet influential historians within the USDA, librarians, and data science experts. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about resources available through ARS and the National Agricultural Library.

This event is free and open to the public - please bring a government issued ID

Registration is required.

Please visit our Eventbrite page for a link to join remotely via YouTube Live


Friday, September 20 2019 Time: 10:00am - 3:30pm


Main Reading Room
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave,
Beltsville, MD 20705

Event Access:

- Please connect with us if you need a sign language interpreter or other accommodation for the event.
- This venue is wheel chair accessible.
- Laptops are required - please bring your own. Training on editing Wikipedia will be provided.
- Free parking on site.


Register here with Eventbrite


10:00-10:30 a.m.- Doors open
10:30-11:00 a.m.- Welcome: Paul Wester, NAL Director. Introduction & Overview with Jamie Flood (NAL) and Timothy Schoepke (NAL)
11:00-noon - “USDA, Agriculture & The Nation: Events, Policies & Politics in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s”
Panelists: Anne Effland (USDA), Shelby Callaway (USDA), Timothy Schoepke (NAL)
Moderator: Jamie Flood (NAL)
Noon-12:45 p.m.- Editing training
12:45-3:00 p.m.- Lunch followed by editing Wikipedia entries
3:00-3:30 p.m.- Tour of Abraham Lincoln Building & viewing of treasures from NAL Special Collections

Please sign in[edit]

This is for use on the day of the event.
1) Select 'Sign in'
2) Scroll down on the page that follows and click 'Publish changes' or 'Save changes'.
Your username will automatically be added to the list of attendees.


Use this PDF of today's slides to follow along with the presentation or review at a later time.

50 Years in Beltsville: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Celebrate the National Agricultural Library

Safe Space Policy[edit]

Wikimedia Projects[edit]

Wikipedia Policies[edit]

Quick Editing Tips[edit]

Tools, Resources and WikiProjects[edit]


TO AVOID EDITING THE SAME ARTICLES AS OTHER ATTENDEES, please use the Etherpad link below to share what you are currently editing. Remember to type 'Done' or 'Finished' when you are through making changes. REMEMBER TO PUBLISH (SAVE) OFTEN.


Suggested Work List[edit]

About the Article Assessment Quality Scale

Article exists. See Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Past Librarians and Directors[edit]

Secretaries of Agriculture[edit]

Scientists and Researchers[edit]


  • Stephanie Ritchie 17:13, 20 September 2019 (UTC)