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 (
  • Members are part of the Flickr online community and must therefore abide by the community guidelines (
  • 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 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 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.


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

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Activity 2:

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

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  • Upload and tag a photo of your choice using

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
  • Browse the “Popular” tags
  • Check out the Libraries and Librarians photo group to see how other libraries are using Flickr at 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 @

Get Flickr-tastic @ , Andrea Mercado.

How To Get the Most Out of Flickr@

Educause: 7 Things you should know about Flickr @


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) @ and Learning 2.0 @Mac.

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