What are photo sharing websites? Photo sharing websites allow people to share the photos they have created with others. This sharing may include allowing people to use their photos for non commercial purposes or simply allowing others to view their photos online. Photo sharing also allows people to store photos in a secondary place which means precious photos will not be lost in a house fire or other disaster! Due to the dynamic nature of photo sharing websites people can instantly view photos once uploaded from anywhere within the world, meaning if you are on holidays or have friends and family interstate or overseas you can share your photos with them online straight after they have been taken.
Online photo sharing in plain english Watch this short video on online photo sharing produced by the Common Craft Show. (This video can also be found at Blip.tv.)
Photo sharing etiquette When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) is it advisable to get the person's permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren't taken by you (unless you have the photographer's consent) and Always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/liblearn/blog/photos_images/
Creative Commons licenses You may notice this symbol (or similar) on photos and other items on the Internet. This is a form of licensing entitled Creative Commons. Creative Commons enables copyright holders to grant some of their rights to the public while retaining othersby providing several free licenses that copyright owners can use when releasing their works on the Web. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons
Creative Commons Licenses There is six different Creative Commons Licenses: Attribution-Non-commercial-No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Attribution-Non-commercial (by-nc) Attribution-No Derivatives (by-nd) Attribution-Share Alike (by-sa) Attribution (by) http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/meet-the-licenses
Examples of photo sharing sites
What are online image generators Though uploading your photos is an excellent way to share and store your precious memories you also have the ability to do so much more with them. Online image generators allow you to have lots of fun with your photos in a variety of ways. You are able to; Make badges Motivational posters (which you can then hang in your library!) Magazine covers Jigsaws Calenders Pocket albums Mouse mats Cartoons and Much more!!
Royalty free images If you dont want to use your own photos or do not have access to a digital camera you may be interested in the following websites that allow you to use photos for free for non-commercial purposes. Please be aware however some contributors do have certain restrictions on their work so it is important that you read the fine print first. Stock.xchng OpenPhoto.net ClassroomClipArt.com Free Use photos group onFlickr
How are libraries using it? Give your library a face to show what your library is really all about.
LoC images from historical collections on Flickr encouraging tagging and comments by members of the public. Picture Australia allows members of the public to contribute images to their collection via Flickr. Archiving/Preservation and Collection Development
Time to play
Exploring Flickr 1. Go to the QH Libs Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/26173898@N05/ 2. Check out the photos we have added to our Flickr account. 3. If you would like to comment on any of the photos or upload your own you will need to create a Flickr account.
Add an image to your blog 1. Go to Classroom Clipart. 2. Browse through the images and select an image you would like to add to your own blog. 3. Click on the image you want to use. 4. Follow the Download Directions that are located above the image. 5. Give it an appropriate file name and save it to your desktop.
6. Log into your own blog that you have created through Blogger. 7. In the Blogger Dashboard, click New Post. 8. In this screen you will find an Add Image icon. Click on this icon. 9. In the pop up box, click Browse to add the image that you just saved to your desktop. 10. Find your image, and click Open.
11. Accept the Terms of Service and click Upload Image. 12. Click Done and you will now see the HTML code added to your Create Post screeen. 13. Add a title to your post and any other text you wish. 14. Click Publish Post. 15. View your blog to see that you have now successfully added an image to your blog.
Modifying an Image 1. Go to Big Huge Labs. 2. Select a utility such as the Jigsaw, Motivator or Badge Maker. 3. Upload an image of your choice from either your own photo collection or a royalty free image. 4. Add any associated text if required. 5. Click Create. 6. When your new image has been created, save it to your desktop and then add this to your blog following the previous instructions. Warning: This may be addictive.
Optional Activity If you would like to create an avatar for yourself, go to Meez and follow the instructions provided. If you do not know what an avatar is, it is a computer user's representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, or a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on the Internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(computing)
Blog Prompts What do you think of sharing photos online? How can you use these tools in your library? Were the tools easy to navigate and understand? Did you have fun creating your own images?
Other tools to try In addition to Big Huge Labs, you may also like to try the following sites for modifying and creating images. Make collages of your photos with this tool. Allows you to edit your photos into different templates. A free version of Adobe Photoshop.
Further reading 31 flavors things to do with Flickr in libraries http://www.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=17624 7 things you should know about Flickr http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7034.pdf Flickr + Libraries = Scary, Scary, Scary to Some Folks http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2006/07/flickr-libraries-scary-scary- scary-to-some-folks.html Steal this Idea: Flickr for Librarians http://tametheweb.com/2006/09/steal_this_idea_flickr_for_lib.html