Posted tagged ‘Flickr’

Flickr Pools

December 18, 2008

The Library of Congress has just released their report on the pilot program in which they uploaded a couple thousand photos from their archive onto Flickr.  By all accounts the project has been declared a huge success.  According to the report “the photos have drawn more than 10 million views, 7,166 comments and more than 67,000 tags”.  These are simply astonishing numbers!

And now the NYPL is following suit.  I’m incredibly jealous, coming from a library with a large photo archive that we will likely never get around to indexing fully.  These project are a great way to both fill in metadata, and to ensure these materials are discovered and utilized, and I’m hoping the results of the LoC’s project will inspire others to do the same.

The Power of Flickr

May 21, 2008

Brian Herzog (again) has picked up on a fascinating coincidence.  Weird Massachusetts is the latest in a series of supernatural travel guides in the Weird U.S. series.  One of the interesting things the publisher is doing with these books is pulling photographs that were made available under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.  The lucky photographers get a credit and a complementary copy of the book.  I actually had a photo under consideration that didn’t make the final cut, but Brian had one that did.  But what’s really interesting is that he learned of two other Mass. librarians who got photos in the book as well.

So what’s going on here?  Are librarians inherently good photographers?  Do we have a higher tendency to travel to places of interest?  Are we more likely to contribute to the Creative Commons?  Or are we just more advanced Flickr users?  I can only speak for myself, but I do use quite a lot of tags and place nearly all of mine on the Google Map Flickr provides, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that a disproportional amount of librarians use the tools similarly.

A Photo Gallery

May 11, 2008

I’m feeling tired today after finally making it back home.  Thus I’ll leave you with a link to the photo pool of Michael Colford, the most prolific documenter of this year’s MLA conference.  I particularly like his shots of the game night and the book cart drill teams.  Always nice to see librarians cutting loose.