Free Use Photos

ImaginON: Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County

How often do you need a quick photo to illustrate a point or concept? Are you ever concerned about the copyright restrictions? Well look no further!

Inspired by Michael Casey and his 50 Reasons Not to Change post (and the comments that followed). Tony Tallent and I have created a Flickr group called Free Use Photos where all the photos are free and can be used with no restrictions.

We encourage everyone in the library and education communities to join and share photos that can be used for displays, presentations, blogs, or any other imaginable use. Tony has already added some great photos to the group that will give you an idea of what we are looking for.

I just added the photo above from PLCMC to the pool. It was most useful in the slides Michael Casey and I put together for CIL2008. I’ll be adding more when grading time is done.

4 thoughts on “Free Use Photos”

  1. Awesome idea! Even though it is somewhat similar to CC, so many of the photos/illustrations I use for blog posts, presentations, etc. have to have the “library” look to them: books, people using computers, book stacks, library signs, etc. This enables more of a photographic niche using one of the most popular photo databases around–brilliant.

  2. Well, Kurt, one obvious difference is that these photos require no attribution whatsoever. All the CC licenses in the advanced Flickr search do.

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