Lee & Michael, Apple Store, Coconut Point, Estero, Florida
Lee & Michael, Apple Store, Coconut Point, Estero, Florida
Originally uploaded by mstephens7
Lee is a MLIS student at FSU - and he inspires me.
Brian Herzog writes:
Earlier this year, my library uploaded to flickr a set of historical photographs taken around town in 1901. We thought it was a good way to make these library materials more accessible.
I just noticed a comment on one of the photographs. A patron recognized another patron’s house, and forwarded him the link to our historical photograph. The second patron then uploaded a photograph of his house today to his flickr account, and linked the two together using comments.
That’s great - that’s exactly how libraries can enrich their collections and communities. We didn’t really do anything, other than put our pictures out there (no real promotion or involvement after that). It was word-of-mouth between patrons that brought this about, and let the library be involved in their daily lives. Neat.
Via Jaap, comes this documentary about Flickr use in Holland. It's subtitled and dubbed. From what I've seen so far, the human connections that Flickr enables are first and foremost. Fascinating.
Libraries are part of the communities they serve. They’re often a very active part — sometimes central to the daily life of community events, programming, and resources. So why not show that pulse? Why not display the vibrancy of daily life. One photo at a time might not mean too much, but look at the same sort of calendar quilt done for a library.
Celebrate Banned Books Week at Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan
What stories could you tell about your library?
A day in the ______ department?
The journey of a book from arrival to being placed on the shelf?
The possibilities are endless! This might make a good exercise as well for learning Flickr, planning a story and creating it. Hmmmm. :-)
Day in the Life of SC Libraries on Flickr
The folks at Allen County Public Library asked their patrons to take photos on a specific day and then send them in. The created a collection called "A Day in Allen County" for their library Flickr presence.
Hey libraries - you can do this too! How about:
A Day in ____________
A Day at the Library (or branch or department)
A Day on Campus
From a Macworld chat with Flickr co-founder and general manager Stewart Butterfield:
IDGNS: If you’re the eyes of the world, do you foresee Flickr getting a news component?
Butterfield: Yes, we already allow for that and it already happens but it’s not surfaced nor packaged up very well. But almost every day, Flickr is used as a source for photos that either don’t exist anywhere else or that there’s just a bigger variety on Flickr. A good example is when the New York Yankee player’s plane crashed into a [Manhattan] building. A text bulletin went out on the wires but there weren’t photos available, so the Yahoo front page team did a search for “NYC crash” on Flickr and found the first couple of photos that had been posted and weren’t available from any other source at that time. By the time photos started coming out of the wire services, there were dozens and dozens of images from different people on Flickr, and that’s where the Yahoo front page pointed to, linking to the Flickr photos. Expanding that capability and making it easier so it’s not a manual process is definitely something we’re interested in.
Dion Hinchcliffe posts an overview of the best of Web 2.0 for 2006:
Amongst the choices are some of my favorites as well: Netbvibes and YouTube.
Photo illustration of LaGrange Park Public Library's Flickr profile
"Flickr is intended for personal use and is not a generic image hosting service. Professional or corporate uses of Flickr are prohibited."
I would naturally assume that this is referring to for-profit uses of Flickr, but I'm wondering if you have heard of any official clarification on this from Flickr (specifically libraries opening Flickr accounts). I am also emailing Flickr, but I thought I'd also try you..
Wanting To Flickr
Dear WTF: :-)
Thanks for writing with such a good question. I wrote to Flickr as well, but you received this reply before I did:
Hello, Thanks for your question. The "commercial use" part of the Community Guidelines refers to using Flickr to sell products or services. Non-profit groups may create Flickr accounts. However, the Community Guidelines and Terms of Service also require that each account is used by one person. For example, it would be a violation to distribute the login and password information to a group of people so they could all upload their photos to one account. For these types of applications, a Flickr group would be a better fit: http://www.flickr.com/help/groups/
So one person per account, eh? Really, this may be how many libraries do it. Photos get funneled to one person and uploaded. However, I have worked with some groups that share the login info and more than one person uploads. What if a family got a Flickr account, can't they share the login info? A few days later, Heather from Flickr replied with a brief but different take to me:
It's currently a grey area, but if the library isn't say selling books via the account, then it would be a reasonable use. We hope to clear up confusion in the somewhat near future with not-for-profit and commercial accounts. Heather
Thanks Heather. Grey is right! But I like the fact that Flickr recognizes that non-profits could benefit from an account as well and has plans to open up that venue.
I'm doing a CLA 2006 Infopeople Mini-Demo today. The topic is FLICKR! Here are the resources:
Web 2.0 Commonalities:
Tagging Hey! Does this conference have a tag? It should! (Update: Just saw bethh Gallaway, she decided the tag is CLA2006!
Ten Ways to Use Flickr in Your Libraries:
Connie Crosby interviews Michael porter about Flickr:
So, the Libraries and Librarians Group is the biggest, most active and successful library related group on Flickr. From its inception, it has been a real joy to work with the folks who have decided to make it a “living” online community. I have learned so much from the images I’ve seen there and the people I’ve met in this group. My fellow group administrators and I have been able to set up collaborative group tagging projects and a group mash-up project too. I’ve even have had the opportunity to do virtual presentations with group members from the National Library of Australia (Fiona Hooten) and Barcelona University (Lluisa Nunez). The collaborative relationships we developed came entirely from connections made in the Libraries and Librarians Group.
Is your library afraid of Flickr, when other libraries like this one are using it to adavantage?
Michael: Recently you posted about Mickey’s 16 cool uses for using Flickr at a library. I’d like to pass on a new example we have at the Johnson County Library. Our Lackman Branch (we have 13 branches! Wow!) created a Flickr account to give everyone a virtual tour of their branch. They even included photos on the staff side! Just wanted to pass on the Flickr goodness!
Sarah aka veggienerd.wordpress.com
Thanks sarah. Nice to see uses such as this... Again, this is something any library can do and for relatively little time and money? Have you tried a virtual tour on Flickr?
Are you wrestling with Flickr at your library? Did recent scare tactics by anonymous emailers put your admin into a tizzy? Save or print this..and pass it on!
From NEKLS Tech Day August 10, 2006, by Mickey Coalwell (mcoalwell (at) nekls.org) who gave me permission to post it here. He and Joshua Neff did a great program on Flickr education for a standing room only crowd. This would be a great thing to do at your next staff meeting or staff lunch time learning session.
16 Ways To Use flickr @ Your Library
1. Publicize EVENTS at your library with candid photos of activities and participants.
2. Present a collection of HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS of a city, community, area, or building – how about your own library?
3. Highlight OUTREACH SERVICES such as a bookmobile or delivery vehicle, along with outreach staff and drivers.
4. Publicize a GAMING tournament or other teen event.
5. Show photographs from an AUTHOR SIGNING at your library.
6. Show the BANNED BOOKS DISPLAYS at your library.
7. Promote and share a CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP.
8. Provide a VIRTUAL TOUR of your library facility.
9. Share photos of PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS at the library.
10. Show pictures of regular COMMUNITY MEETINGS held at your library.
11. Provide a gallery of LIBRARY STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.
12. Create WIKIS OR INSTRUCTIONAL WEB SITES for staff on library technical topics.
13. Promote your Friends group's FUNDRAISERS and BOOK SALES.
14. Create a VIRTUAL TRAVELOGUE of your city or town.
15. Post pictures of your ADMINISTRATORS OR LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
16. Show BOOK COVERS for reading lists or Readers' Advisory blogs.
Fact: flickr's Community Rules and Terms of Service are quite clear. They disallow offensive images of the type described in the e-mail. Moreover, libraries are already required to block content that is harmful to minors under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The pending internet safety legislation called DOPA, which potentially affects flickr and other social networking sites, is redundant and unnecessary.
Fact: Currently, hundreds of libraries -- public, academic, school, and special libraries across the world -- use flickr to enhance web services to their various constituencies.
Educate yourself, your staff, your board of trustees, and governing agencies about social sites, like flickr, and the issues surrounding them. Educate your patrons and your community about the good -- and bad -- of flickr and other social software sites. Sit down at a library computer with any patron who has a concern, and demonstrate the site to the patron. Let them see the benefits first hand.
The central issue for libraries regarding DOPA is education. Libraries need to ramp up their efforts to provide Internet & information literacy education and safety programs for kids, teens, parents and caregivers.
If people were more well informed about what social networking sites are and knew & used basic Internet safety tips, this cloud of fear may disperse. Also, if library users were more well-informed about the far reaching effects DOPA may have on their personal lives if passed, then they may be more willing to join librarians in the fight against it.
Beth Yoke, Executive Director of YALSA, American Library Association
July 11, 2006
Hitwise is reporting that Flickr is the #1 photography site in the UK. This isn't really a surprise at all - what's more suprising is that it's taken a while to get there, and how it's got there.
Flickr's UK market share has increased 39%, Photobucket's share decreased by 17% and Webshot's remained flat. This is apparently due good SEO and searches for soft porn using the brand name and various terms you can work out for yourself.
In some respects this is worthy of nothing more than a wry smile and shrug of the shoulders. Unfortunately however, this may be seen in some circles as a justification for the calls for libraries to limit their (innocent) involvement with Flickr.
Please zip over and read my post about Flickr at ALA TechSource.
I ask that you do not make any spur-of-the-moment, reactionary decisions, Flickr'ing Librarians! What I sincerely hope will not happen is the libraries and associations that have started using Flickr will abandon the site because they are scared... come on! Don't let this type of e-mail campaign derail you. Look at the big picture of how this site and many others are used and can benefit your online presence. Let's teach our users about the good and bad of online communities, BUT LET'S NOT just close the door and lock it!
I talk about WPL alot becuse they are doing some cool stuff... Take a look at the Flickr section of their front page. It links to their collection of sets. This not only allows the librarians to organize, tag and receive comments on their photos, but it also educates users: this might be some folks first experience with Flickr. It's a Web-based teaching moment! Other experienced Flickr folks might click through and add WPL as a contact. In fact, maybe the next step is a link in that box something like this:
Update: Michelle points out they've linked from their front page to Flickr! Is this the first instance we've seen of this? I think it just may be.
Update 2: Oops! Aaron Schmidt informs me that the Thomas Ford Library pages has had a "pictures" link that takes folks to the TFML Flickr page for some time.
Update 3: David King IMs to tell me that Bloomington PL has a link at the top of their new pages called Gallery, that links into the many sets put up by the librarians! HOT! And wowza but their pages are nice!
Of all the Web 2.0 tools, my favorite has to be Flickr. A few months ago I posted 10 Reasons to Use Flickr at Your Library. While on the Minnesota tour, more than a few folks marvelled at what Flickr could do for libraries: getting out into the social pool, offering easy storage for any size library on any budget, and creating a more dynamic atmosphere for tagging, comments and more.
I'll advocate again: get a flickr account at your library! Here's why:
BONUS: Great benefit: librarians and staff also get to PLAY with the tools!
Update: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lansinglibrary/sets/72057594106946697/ Get community leaders to pose for READ posters!!! (Via Steven at Library Stuff!)
This brought back some nice memoires of our lunch with Leslie!
Winter 2006 046 Originally uploaded by lburger1951.
This brought back some nice memoires of our lunch with Leslie!
Via Michael Casey in an IM:
Mrs. Cassidy has a flickr account! She must be an elementary teacher somewhere and realized that she could share class images. No details are given so it's impossible to tell where this class is. But parents can most probably subscribe and see what their kids are up to!
APL is in the process of replacing furniture original to the the building, and in the next few weeks, you will be seeing some changes around the library! We have already installed two new information desks, and rearranged some collections to accomodate our future library furniture.
It's visual, interesting, gives the library a human face and it's transparent!
So silly..but to answer the question here:
I did this:
While Jessamyn and Greg were making cookies and flickr-izing the recipe, the New Jersey library association was getting active on flickr. I was added as a contact. :-)
New Jersey Library Association (Put up some pictures folks!)
Through NJ, I found:
I'd like to see many more library associations jump into the Flickr pool.
UPDATE: What a great time that was! Thanks to all at OPAL!!
Here are some extra links as resources:
Jessamyn turned me on to the project here. And AL used her image in their mailing!
This is most cool... I hope a lot of librarians click through and make their own poster! And what a great thing to put on the library blog -- giving the library a human face!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/february28/110135754/ IM in Libraries!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelcasey/109337168/ Albert Einstein on Library 2.0
In class on Sunday, we were discussing what we liked about different library Web sites to pave the way for my students designing their own small library-related Web site. We happened upon Oak Park Public Library's Teen Page, which featured "Battle of the Bands." It was nice synchronicity because I had just shown them slides of "Rock the Shelves" at flickr. ( I love turning the students on to flickr and we'll do more at our next weekend.)
Oak Park shares photos on their own page while "Rock the Shelves" was thrown into the great pool. I think both are viable, and should we go even farther? How effective would it be to put links to galleries like this on local teen spaces? Or what if OPPL had a teen blog to share the photos and get comments back from those that participated as well as teens that might not have been there.
What's the best way to be found? The best way to share?
Here are some off the cuff tips for sharing images like this to promote the library, its services and its presence:
Use flickr for sure and Tag Tag Tag!
Explore the spaces folks are using. Some librarians are investigating myspace. Others are calling for the creation of teen-friendly, safe spaces in library space.
Look for the spots teens (or any of your users) are gathering online and see if you can establish a presence, share images or links.
Post pictures such as this in the library as well. Let your traffic see the cool stuff you are doing. Make teens feel welcome. (OMG, you say, what if they are loud or come on skateboards?? Puhlease!)
What else? What's worked for you, dear readers?
A few days ago I wrote about libraries getting flickr accouints. Need some proof to sell the expenditure to your director? How's this for putting your library out there:
*And all you library organizations and companies out there -- same goes for you too! Think of the promotional opportunities! Grab an account and get some pictures in the pool!
What an easy, low-cost step to test the waters of social software! Go ahead...try it...I'll wait...
Feel free to let me know what your flickr address is!
I'm just loving this. I grabbed a shot of the Colorado College Tutt Library Page for "The Unintended Consequences of Social Software (or Putting Yourself Out There)" and I noted it a bit for thise TTW readers that might click through. Looks like Libraryman and Steve Lawson have been improving the information found there vis comments and notes. Check it out!
I love this. If you haven't made a card yet, please do so and add it to the group.
See any library Web uses folks? I sure do!
:-) I did an advcanced search...are there no more Librarians in Hardhats photos?
(What can you learn about folks by their Tag Cloud?")
Anne down in Australia turned me on to this term while we were preparing for my talk with Skype and Jybe. ! I love it. Have you gotten lost in tags yet? Now there clusters too!!
Tag Cloud: A tag cloud is a visual depiction of content tags used on a website. Often, more frequently used tags are depicted in a larger font or otherwise emphasized. Selecting a single tag within a tag cloud will generally lead to a collection of items that are associated with that tag.
In honour of ILI: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/london/clusters/
See anyone you know? http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/librarian/
And here's a "lusty" one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ipodnano/interesting/
Flickr-Stalking: (verb) To browse through someone's photostream with the intent of learning all about how they live their lives: where they go, what pets they have, what their living rooms look like, etc, includes in-depth investigations of their tags and their contact's photostream and tags as well.
Why I'm hearting flickr today!
Via one of my favorite blogs, the TagFight at http://www.netomer.de/flickrtagfight/fight. Two tags duke it out. Here's Library vs. Starbucks: http://www.netomer.de/flickrtagfight/library.starbucks.fight. Hurrah - LIBRARY wins!
I'm intrigued by the idea of clustering - associated tags for groups of like images, such as the Michigan Clusters here. It made me realize I need to pay attention to my tagging. If I want labrador retrievers and get to this page, I get to see all the variances in tags for those sweet yellow, black and chocolate hounds!
One of the benefits of pointing folks to clusters of images is that they will find more images that might not have appeared with just one tage. Ponder then, how we might set up our catalogs with this method. Here's the history cluster page... food for thought yes?
When the BBC is looking at Flickr in their Creative Futures Knowledge Building session, we should take note. Libraries should be looking at how powerful inage sharing can be.
I've been talking to groups of librarians for a week and a half... ..and I've hit on gaming everytime. I used Jenny's slideshow as a proof of concept of what some libraries can do with gaming as well as how librarians are taking to it. Are you diving in to gaming? Here's the link:
These images speak volumes.
Friday I'm talking about Presence at the Indiana Online User's group in Indy. Coolest thing is Glenn Peterson will be there keynoting about the totally cool Hennepin CO PL site!!
While we are pondering presence, I think it's important for librarians to be seen out and about in the thriving virtual communities we know and love. For example, librarian's desks at flickr:
Flickr friends...feel free to tag away!
I'm sitting here with tears welling folks....
This is such a powerful thing.... poor Mickety had aggression issues. My heart goes out to Cogdog.
What a sweet dog my Jake is...he's 11 now.