Wikipedia has been one of my go-to resources for many years. No matter what the topic, it always seems to point me in the right direction and its crowd-sourcing production model has influenced my thinking on many undertakings. Once, I tried to log-in and contribute to an entry about Lowell but I stumbled slightly with the technology and since there are plenty of other online demands on my time, I never made an effort to return.
Happily that may be changing thanks to a collaborative effort by the Pollard Memorial Library and the UMass Lowell Library. It’s a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that not only teaches the skills of editing a Wikipedia entry but also will add to the body of knowledge about Lowell.
The first session is Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10 am until 4 pm at the Pollard Memorial Library. That session will focus on Downtown Lowell. Subsequent sessions (see below) will deal with other neighborhoods.
To participate, you should bring:
- A Laptop or tablet (if you have one- computers will be available if not).
- Your digital camera or smartphone.
- Photos and videos of Lowell you have taken (feel free to walk around the neighborhoods ahead of time to take digital photos).
- Books or other material you have explaining the history of Lowell.
Refreshments will be provided in the morning and there will be pizza for lunch. Come when you can, leave when you need to.
Other sessions will be held on:
- January 25 @ Pollard Memorial Library
- Topic: The Acre
- Time: 10AM-4PM
- February 21 @ O’Leary Library (South Campus) UMass Lowell
- Topic: The Highlands
- Time: 10AM-4PM
- March 28 @ Lydon Library (North Campus) UMass Lowell
- Topic: Pawtucketville
- Time: 10AM – 4PM
Please register for the December 7 session at: http://tinyurl.com/lxel7vs
(For questions, contact Win Flint of the Pollard Memorial Library at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community Planning Librarian
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852