The British Library Image Collection


It was with real interest here that I read that the British Library was donating millions of images to Flickr.  People are encouraged to explore and reuse as needed.

Flickr image, courtesy of the British Library

In my case, “reuse” meant just wandering through the collection, bringing back memories of history classes long forgotten.  With a million images, it’s going to take a while to enjoy them all!

As an aside, WordPress offers additional related articles to supplement the original post.  You might find the “15 of the Weirdest Images” interesting.  I found it after posting this and checking out the related articles.

What a wonderful way to bring history alive!  Behind every image there’s a story.  I hope that this move inspires other organizations with huge historical collections to make their content available as well.

The Library as Conversation


If you have an hour, here’s an interesting presentation to listen to.

http://ptbed.org/downloads/BigIdeas.mp4

How do you create knowledge? It’s about conversation and how should libraries embrace conversations and promote active participation.

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