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Module 6: Images & Pictures

Web 2.0 Training Module: Flickr

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand what Flickr is and the basic features available
  • To consider the potential use of Flickr in a library setting
  • To learn how to search for and identify publicly available images
  • To know where to sign-up for a Flickr account

What is Flickr?

  • Flickr is an online photo sharing and management application that allowing you to organize photos or videos and make them more accessible to others (http://www.flickr.com/about/).
  • Members are part of the Flickr online community and must therefore abide by the community guidelines (http://www.flickr.com/guidelines.gne).
  • Flickr is currently owned by Yahoo.

Why use Flickr?

  • It’s great for people with an interest in photography or those who want a web based method for storing, organizing, discussing, and sharing their photos and video. This includes libraries!  Photos are always accessible as long as you have an internet connection.
  • How can Flickr help you or your organization? Check out six key features available from Flickr (upload, edit, organize, share, maps, make stuff, keep in touch) at http://www.flickr.com/tour/ and
  • Take the “Magical Feature Tour”.
  • There’s a libraries and librarians group. Here you’ll find thousands of library related photos from around the world. There’s even a discussion board and RSS feed. (see Module II for info on RSS)
  • Flickr has a partnership with the Library of Congress called “The Commons”, which includes thousands of photographs from public domain collections.
  • Flickr provides photo solutions for bloggers via the “blog this” feature and makes it simple for account holders to quickly and easily post photos to their blog.
  • Flickr has a favourites menu, similar to that found in a web browser, so that you can bookmark the photos you like and find them again easily.

Flickr and Tagging

  • Tags are like keywords that facilitate searching for and organizing photos. Flickr uses the concept of tagging to create associations between ideas or concepts and the photos shared on the site.
  • Tagging creates a “folksonomy” of terms.  This is similar to a taxonomy without all the corresponding rules and hierarchical relationships.
  • In addition to tagging, Flickr members can also interact by posting comments to a photo.

How to Get Started With Flickr

  • Anyone can explore photos and tags made public by Flickr members or found within the Commons.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a member and setting up a free Flickr account go to www.flickr.com. If you already have a Yahoo ID creating a Flickr account is very quick. Individuals that do not have a Yahoo ID must first sign-up for one. Once you have an account, you have the option of setting up a profile in Flickr. Note that Flickr also offers paid accounts that provide access to more features and have fewer restrictions.
  • Flickr members can determine the level of privacy they would like for their photos. Users can choose to limit photo access to friends, family, or a group. Alternately, photos can be placed in the public domain and shared with the world. Members can set restrictions on who is able to tag or comment on their photos and determine the level of copyright they would like for their material.

Activities:

Are you ready to take your images to a whole new level?  By completing these activities you will be able to upload images into flickr,  share images using your blog and explore some of the awesome features, like searching images by groups, in flickr.

Activity 1:

In this exercise you will create a flickr account

Watch activity 1 now

Activity 2:

In this exercise you will upload an image or picture to flickr

Watch activity 2 now

  • Upload and tag a photo of your choice using Flickr.com

Activity 3:

In this exercise you will post your image or picture to your blog

Watch activity 3 now

  • Add the picture to a post in your blog using Flickr’s “blog this” tool:
    • You’ll first need to register your blog in “Your account” under the tab “Extending Flickr.”
    • Then click on the image you would like to blog and click on the “blog this” icon just above the image.
    • Follow the next few steps in Flickr and violà your photo!
  • Comment on your Flickr experience in your blog.

If you want to receive a certificate at the end of the Web 2.0 training, please send the URL of your blog post to libweb20@library

Activity 4: (optional)

  • Explore Flickr at www.flickr.com:
  • Browse the “Popular” tags
  • Check out the Libraries and Librarians photo group to see how other libraries are using Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/librariesandlibrarians/. Search for photos of Dana Porter Library.
  • Search Flickr for a topic of interest and see what you find. See what related tags have been given to interesting images from this search. Create a link to your favourite image in a post to your blog.

When Using Flickr Remember:

  • When posting photos in a publicly accessible place, such as Flickr, it’s advisable to get the necessary permissions before posting any photos containing identifiable images of other people.
  • Never upload pictures that weren’t taken by you, unless you have the photographer’s consent.
  • Check the copyright status given to a photo. If the photo is assigned a creative commons license, give credit as per the license guidelines when you include photos taken by someone else in a blog or other web based medium.

Additional Resources

Flickr Tutorials @ http://www.indezine.com/mediamazine/2006/05/flickr-tutorials-series.html

Get Flickr-tastic @ http://www.webjunction.org/technology/web-tools/articles/content/438213 , Andrea Mercado.

How To Get the Most Out of Flickr@ http://www.flickr.com/get_the_most.gne

Educause: 7 Things you should know about Flickr @ http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7034.pdf

Acknowledgements:

Written and recorded by Rebecca Hutchinson, Kristen Jensen, Rishan Munasinghe and Laura Howell

Based on Learning 2.0 from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) @ http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/ and Learning 2.0 @Mac.

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Module 1: Blogs

Learning objectives

At the end of this module you will:

  • Understand what a blog is
  • Know how to create a blog and post to the blog
  • Understand why people/institutions have blogs
  • Have ideas on what blogs you may want to read

What is a blog?
A weblog (or “blog”) is a format for publishing content on the web. Blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content that is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top of the Web page;
  • a date and timestamp to indicate when the content was published to the blog;
  • archives that are automatically generated by the blog software

For examples of a blog see:
Digital reference
Library of Congress blog

The blog format began with the simple “What’s New” pages that littered the Web in the early days of web publishing. The blog format was formalized when web/tech savvy individuals began writing their own programs to make it easier and quicker to publish these sorts of pages, where it was important that current content appeared at the top of the page. Once these programmers made this software freely available online, the now widely-used blog format was born.

Blogging Software

There are 2 types of blogging software tools out there: hosted and installed.

Hosted blogs allow users to sign up for an account and a free blog. The company providing the software usually takes care of everything for you, and all you have to do is choose a name for your blog and write! To introduce you to blogging in a quick and easy way we will be using a hosted service, Blogger, for this module.

Installed blogging services provide you with software that you can download to your Web server. Installed software tends to be more powerful and gives you more control over the functionality and look & feel of your blog. The University of Waterloo Library has installed WordPress which is the software used to design the site for this training program.

Why blogs?

Why should I care about blogs?
Millions of people are blogging and more are reading blogs. Blogs are a quick and easy way to publish to the web without knowing HTML programming or waiting on a webmaster to post information for you. They are simple to create and maintain. As an added bonus your readers can subscribe to your blog so that you don’t even need to alert people when you add new content! (you will learn about subscribing to blogs in Module 2)

Blogs are ideal for current awareness, news items and commentary. They can be fairly informal and can handle text, hyperlinks, photos, videos and other multimedia files.

How can I use blogs in the library?

Library staff can use blogs to promote library events, services and resources, to invite comments from library users and to exchange ideas with each other or with library users. Blogs can provide a forum for communicating project updates. Of course, you can also create personal blogs on any subject imaginable!

Library staff can read blogs written by others to keep up to date with trends in the library world.

Examples of academic library blogs:
Georgia State University Library
SciTech Library News
Gov Docs on the Bayou
Lakehead University – Orillia Campus Library

Examples of blogs that may be of interest to information desk staff:
Association of College & Research Libraries blog
The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
Confessions of a Science Librarian
Information Literacy Weblog

Accessibility in a Web 2.0 World

If you decide to create a library blog, don’t forget to think about accessibility issues, for example, including alternative text for images. See Accessibility Resources at the end of this module for tips on making your blog accessible.

Activities:

Ready to start blogging? Good, because Activity 1 is to set up your own blog and add your first post!

Activity 1: (video of activity 1)

In this exercise you will be using the website Blogger to create your own blog.

    • Use Blogger to set up your own blog. It is a free, hosted blogging tool where you can set up an account and start a blog.
    Click the “create your own blog now” link.
    • Your blog address will be http://nameyouchoose.blogpost.com.
    • If you already have a blog and would like to use it to track your progress during this programme, feel free to do so!
    • How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself.
    • Once you’ve set up your blog, go ahead and add your first post!

The content of your first post can be anything you’d like; one idea would be to simply introduce yourself!

If you want to receive a certificate at the end of the Web 2.0 training, please send the URL for your blog to libweb20@library…

Activity 2 (optional)

Post a comment to the Web 2.0 blog on what you thought of this activity.

Accessibility Resources

8 tips for accessible blogging

How to make your blog accessible to blind readers

WCAG 2.0 Checklist

Information on the coming Accesibility standards for Ontario

Other resources (optional):

List of library-related blogs

Blogs in Plain English video

Anatomy of a Blog
Blog, Wikipedia article
• The Ethical Blogger – Karen Schneider
Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library’s Services – Darlene Fichter
7 Things you should know about blogs

Acknowledgments
This post is based on The Learning 2.0@Mac program.

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