Recently, I was looking for some information about a library, and this led me to their Flickr account. From the contributors and the groups that that account was linked to, I found some more library related groups, and because I have wanted to make a list of some of these groups for some time, I put together the following list of groups on Flickr which relate to working in libraries. Remembering back to when I was first studying library studies and not knowing exactly what images I could or couldn’t use, and how to use them, and where to find them, a list of specific groups like this would probably have been handy. Some info on copyright is included below (but it isn’t everything you’ll need to know!).
An interesting point to make about these images is that although they are from all around the world, Flickr operates in an environment/medium where there are few language barriers – it doesn’t matter where the information comes from, because it is visual, nationality is not a great issue.
I don’t use Flickr much, but looking around I was interested to see that you can receive RSS updates from groups, and that there are many ways to link with people on Flickr. As well, all the groups have discussions, which are worth consulting if you are having problems using Flickr. Hopefully, too, having a look at some of these sites can help librarians interested in using Flickr to get a better idea of how other librarians are using it and how people are getting the most out of it.