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.

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Free Sound Clips


If you’re a digital storyteller or podcaster, you know the value of having sound clips in the middle of your creation.

They can work as a lead in, a seque between moments, a concluding bit, or just something to spice it up in the middle.  Depending upon the program that you use, it may come with a good library of clips, a minimal selection of clips, or no clips at all.  You’ll also want to check the copyright of any sound clips that you choose to use.

Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the right thing to model for students.

My preference has always been to create your own but that’s not always possible or feasible.  So, where to turn?

The internet, of course.   But keep in mind the need to respect the copyright of the creators.

One site that is very friendly is SoundBible.

Culled from public domain and creative commons, look to this as a nice collection of sound media for your productions.

Playing Pool (.mp3, public domain)

Armed with these new resources, your podcasts will never be the same again.  Sounds are available in .wav and .mp3 format.  Make sure you properly attribute the resources licensed under Creative Commons.