Picture this …

Exploring Flickr. In the past I’ve gone to Flickr from links on things I’m reading, and then sometimes I might go on to look at other pictures, good old-fashioned browsing. I’ve searched for things a few times but have to say I’ve often been frustrated on those occasions by the lack of precision in searching. I think there might be a few reasons for this. Firstly it’s the sheer number of pictures. Second, is the arbitrary nature of tagging – which links in neatly with the Thing 8. Some pictures will be tagged in a way which makes sense to me and thus to my search, others: not. Lastly the picture I’m looking for might not exist. Ultimately I find I take the pictures I want/need myself, or will make/alter graphics if needed – see below for cc licenses. If I need something specifically related to the earth sciences I’ll go to specialist sites such as the Geological Society photo library

Volcano overlooking hypersaline lagoons in which flamingoes are feeding - Atacama Desert, Chile. Photo by John Simmons, © The Geological Society of London www.geolsoc.org.uk
Volcano overlooking hypersaline lagoons in which flamingoes are feeding - Atacama Desert, Chile. Photo by John Simmons, © The Geological Society of London http://www.geolsoc.org.uk

or  the British Geological Survey’s National Archive of Geological Photographs GeoScenic

Picture from BGS GeoScenic
Icebergs in Fjallsarlon, Iceland. From British Geological Survey, P603292

Or I’ll ask people in the department if they have what I’m looking for. Or even DSpace.

So, have I found a reason to use Flickr in my library? We created a library tour (static and in flash) several years ago, so I’d say the boat has sailed on that option. Will people (library users even) go to Flickr to find images of the library? Do I need it to find images? I might do a quick search but frankly it wouldn’t be my first port of call.

Still in the spirit of things here we have our Flickr account.

Having said all the above, I have to praise Creative Commons licensing, I use CC a lot, mostly for music but often also for graphic images, illustrations which I’ll alter to suit my needs (using Gimp & Inkscape of course).

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One thought on “Picture this …

  1. I found the library tour useful when I was planning to come to visit your library (so I knew what the entrance looked like). But Flickr would be wonderful for putting up some clearer pictures of your marvelous carved bookcases (which got a special mention in one of my posts).

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