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Wikifying America’s Legislative Process: Congressional Committees and Hearings Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The Law Library of Congress (LLC), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and Wikimedia DC will be co-hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Library of Congress. The event, Wikifying America’s Legislative Process, will focus on improving Wikipedia articles related to congressional committees and hearings. The event will include speakers from the Senate Historical Office, Smithsonian American Art Museum, NARA’s Center for Legislative Archives, and the Library of Congress.

Participants will learn about a variety of legislative research collections and resources, including and resources at the Center for Legislative Archives and Senate Historical Office. Participants will also have the opportunity to collectively improve the quality of information about congressional committees available on Wikipedia.


April 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM - 5 PM


Montpelier Room, Sixth Floor, LM 619, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC
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Law Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Wikimedia DC Feel free to also sign your name in the section below.

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Introduction (9:30 a.m.) Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress

Opening Remarks Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian of Congress

Guest Speaker Katherine A. Scott, Associate Historian, U.S. Senate

Special Presentations

National Archives Resources, NARA Center for Legislative Archives Staff

Robert Brammer, Legal Information Specialist, Library of Congress

Morning Break and Tours (10:30 a.m.) Tour of the Law Library Reading Room and Rare Book Presentation

Introduction to Wikipedia Editing (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Sara Snyder, Chief, Media and Technology Office, Smithsonian American Art Museum (slides)

Lunch (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Editing Session (1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Afternoon Break (2:00 p.m.)

Recap Andrew Lih, Wikimedia DC, associate professor, American University


What should I bring?

Please bring a laptop and photo id. The Library of Congress has a limited number of loaner laptops you may utilize during the edit-a-thon, and they are first-come, first-served.

Do I need a Reader Registration Card?

You are not required to obtain a Library of Congress Reader Registration Card; however, if you would like to obtain one, they are available in the James Madison Memorial Building, Room 140. For additional information on obtaining a Reader Registration Card, visit

May I take photographs?

You are welcome to bring your own camera or non-feeder scanner.

Articles to work on[edit]

Note: Red links do not have entries yet. Claim an article to work on at our edit shared Google doc.

General articles[edit]

House committees[edit]

Senate committees[edit]

Joint committees[edit]

Research sources[edit]

Library of Congress[edit]

National Archives[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]


Resources for after the event[edit]


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