Library of Congress experimenting with Flickr

February 1st, 2008

Door and window in a Spanish-American home, Costilla, New Mexico (LOC)Here’s a great example of a major cultural organization experimenting with Web 2.0. The Library of Congress has recently started using Flickr to expand awareness of their collections, and to solicit the more active engagement of viewers.

“The Library of Congress invites you to explore history visually by looking at interesting photos from our collections. Please add tags and comments, too! More words are needed to help more people find and use these pictures.”

Initial photo sets include “1930s-40s in Color” (with photos from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information) and “News in the 1910s.” The URL for the Library of Congress pilot project on flickr is:

We are exploring putting some images from our special collections in Flickr as well. Stay tuned.

Entry Filed under: Exhibits,Expanded Services,Notice

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Luis Mauricio  |  February 4th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    that’s great news! Give Flickr a try–we’ve been experimenting with it in College of Creative Arts with great results!

  • 2. yussef milburn  |  February 19th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I think the question to ask is ‘why WOULDN’T we want to have our pictures available thru flickr?’
    Seems like it would be a great way to make these resources more easily available.
    Good luck!

  • 3. alex kessinger  |  February 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    As a library of a public college, that is funded in part by the people paying taxes I think its more then a question of frivolity\. Its more abouut unenumerated rights as a citizen. The library should be tearing down walls in front of information as fast as they can. The people of California have the right not the privilege to see this information in an open and accessible format. Flickr is a great first step, but we need to think broader about why we make it so hard for people gain access to the knowledge that is stored in our public university’s.

  • 4. mea  |  February 19th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Absolutely! I discovered the Library of Congress on Flickr and have been fascinated by the images.

  • 5. Matthew  |  February 20th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I am a current SFSU student who would love to have access to the libraries photo collection from home.

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