In January 2020, the Outreach and Engagement Team at the College of the Holy Cross began preparing a poetry walk, which was reconfigured to a social media “poetry event” due to COVID-19. With the anticipated return of students to campus for the Spring 2021 semester and a need for the community (especially students) to have recreational opportunities that were safe, socially distanced and preferably outside, the Team attempted to plan another poetry walk. The Outreach and Engagement Team collaborated with both academic and non-academic departments to assemble a mile-long loop through campus featuring original student poetry and poetry from the library’s Distinctive Collections. In addition to communal and recreational benefits, the project also served to promote the College’s Distinctive Collections and institutional repository, CrossWorks. Most rewarding has been the feedback from students and faculty, who appreciated the poetry walk as a way to feel connected to campus and community despite the many ways people were disconnected.
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outreach, poetry, archives, collaboration, project management
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Walk this Way: How the Library Can Build Community on Campus by Creating a Physical and Virtual Walk