Monday, January 21, 2008

If anyone government workers are gonna work with the public, it's gonna be the librarians

Media Bullseye links to a Library of Congress blog entry (with the name "My Friend Flickr") that states, in part:

As a communicator, I want to expand the reach of the Library and access to our magnificent collections as far and wide as possible. Of course, there are only so many hours in the day, so many staff in Library offices and so many dollars in the budget....

That’s why it is so exciting to let people know about the launch of a brand-new pilot project the Library of Congress is undertaking with Flickr....If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity....

The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

Flickr users can find the collection at and start tagging away.

I have already added three tags to this Stanford Crew picture (two of which were based upon the labels that I use in my blog).

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