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What should I contribute? 

Take a look at this list of prompts. Perhaps something here will inspire you to jot down a few thoughts, snap a photograph, make a short sound recording, or create a piece of artwork. You could also interview a family member or make a short video. 

How do I contribute? 

Click on the “Contribute an Item” page, choose the item type, and complete the form. Be sure to check the “Publish my contribution on the web” box at the end of the form. Once the contribution form is submitted, project staff will review the submission before it is made available online. We may add tags or descriptive information so that it's easier to find when visitors search the site.  

We aim to review web-based submissions within 48 hours, although there may be delays.  

You may also submit by mail. We will scan or photograph your submission and upload the image to our digital archive (and we’ll save your original drawing or text in our archives). Please provide any additional information we might need to include in the archive (your name, a description of the piece in your own words, etc.).  You can mail submissions to: 

Isolating Together 
Portland Public Library 
5 Monument Square 
Portland, ME 04101 

You may also contribute to the online archive by emailing us at isolatingtogether@portlib.org.  

What should I NOT contribute? 

Please do not submit material that may violate the privacy and security of someone else. Please make sure that your submission does not include sensitive personal information about other individuals, including personal health information. 

Who owns the items I submit?  

You own the copyright. By submitting content, you grant Portland Public Library the right to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity.  

Who will have access to my content? 

This site is accessible to the public via the library’s website. The goal of this project is to share stories and experiences now and with future researchers. Your email address will not be made public but it is necessary to include it when you submit. You may choose to enter “anonymous” in the Creator field, or just your first name, if you choose. 

Why do you need my email address? 

If you submit via the web form, an email address is required for all submissions. Email addresses are not published to the web and will be viewable only by library staff. They will not be shared with researchers.  

What types of file formats can I submit? 

The site can accept many types of digital file formats, but the below work best. The upload file size limit is 128 MB, so if you have something bigger, please contact us at isolatingtogether@portlib.org 

For a complete list of acceptable file types, click here: https://info.omeka.net/build-a-website/managing-files/ 

Terms and Conditions 

By submitting content you are granting Portland Public Library permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share, in this particular project & collection. 

By posting content, including but not limited to text, videos, photographs, and links to external sites on the Website, users agree to comply with all requirements and procedures for posting, and to avoid abusive and offensive language and to refrain from posting any content that is commercial in nature, advocates for a political cause or legislation, or infringes upon any third party's rights, including privacy, copyright, trademark, or patent. PPL does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by users or third parties. 

By submitting material, you voluntarily agree to contribute this item to the Isolating Together archive, affirming that 

(1) You are 13 years of age or older and
(2) You are the creator of this item.  

Exceptions: 

What if I still have questions? 

If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us at isolatingtogether@portlib.org