Just a brief note: Tonight’s (Monday, 9/10) Wikipedia gathering features a local public librarian and a local archivist and a discussion about Wikipedia Loves Libraries, the initiative for more collaboration between libraries, archives, and Wikimedia.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Clover Food Lab
7 Holyoke St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
The Boston Wikipedia Meetup Group usually meets on the second Monday of each month. This event is one of their regular meetings. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether they know anything about Wikipedia or libraries, have gone to a gathering before, want to attend regularly, etc.
Addenda 9/11: The gist of the meeting: two tentative November events will celebrate Wikipedia Loves Libraries: one at a Boston Public Library branch and one at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch. Planning is still happening. I’m not sure whether I should mention the prospective dates. Cambridge needs to confirm the one we came up with at the meeting. The events won’t compete with each other.
The group would love for more libraries to host events. Activities can include teaching Wikipedians how to use specialized or uncommon sources in a library collection, offering materials for scanning and posting online, and having people research local history to include in encyclopedia articles. There is a lot of flexibility here. Maybe there’s some local history mystery you’d like researched. Maybe you’ve always wanted a list of your company’s devices with accompanying photographs and notes. Maybe photographs of those portraits on the wall would look great on the Wikipedia biographies.
9/19: It looks like Saturday, November 17, is the confirmed date of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries event at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library–the one near Harvard Square and the high school. Times are still TBD, but the program looks like it will be a chunk of hours beginning in the late morning and going into the late afternoon.
11/7: Registration for the 11/17 event is available. Signing up before Friday, 11/16, will help ensure enough food is available. Most of the event happens between 11 am and 5 pm.
11/17: So, yeah, a few of us are hanging out at the Cambridge Public Library discussing and working on Wikipedia until 5 pm. Come on by! The Beech Room is to the left after entering through the main entrance. The archives are the second floor, but I’m not sure if anyone is up there.