Monday, March 30, 2009

CIL 2009

CIL 2009
Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Interesting Computers in Libraries so far.

Lee Rainie keynote was good; listening to Kathy Dempsey now.

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My talk, part of a panel session on the Flickr Commons along with some other Common-ers!

Flickr Commons for Libraries & Museums

  • Michelle Springer, Library Of Congress
  • Dr. Joshua M. Greenberg, The New York Public Library
  • Shelley Bernstein, Brooklyn Museum
  • Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries

In 2008, libraries and museums began to offer historical photographs on the photo-sharing Website Flickr to encourage discovery of photo collections with communities that enjoy images, increase interaction with the collections, and extend their reach beyond the institutions’ own website. As part of Flickr’s Commons project, Flickr members were invited to provide tags and comments and enrich the limited information available about these images by performing a bit of history detective work. A year after launch of the Commons, a panel of speakers from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library share a “look under the hood” at how community input benefitted both their institutions and the users of the collections, the challenges and costs of building and maintaining a “virtual reading room,” and lessons learned as they look toward the future.

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