Thursday, March 12, 2009

Library of Congress photo collection on Flickr - invites users to tag, comment

Want to take a stab at tagging and commenting on photos in the Library Of Congress photo collection? Here is a project for you.

Posted on LC Blog
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 onour new LC Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist. Then the Flickr community takes over. Anyone can tag, comment and make notes on the images, just like any other Flickr photo, which will benefit not only the community but also the collections themselves. For instance, many photos are missing key caption information such as where the photo was taken and who is pictured. If such information is collected via Flickr members, it can potentially enhance the quality of the bibliographic records for the images.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Journal of Library Innovation seeks submissions

The Journal of Library Innovation is seeking submissions for publication for its inaugural issue in January 2010.

The Journal of Library Innovation, one of the first journals devoted explicitly to innovation and creativity in libraries, is a peer reviewed, electronic journal published by the Western New York Library Resources Council. Its mission is to disseminate research and information on innovative practice in libraries of all types.

Innovation in libraries can include, but is not limited to the following:
• The discovery of unmet user needs.
• The introduction of new services or the retooling of traditional services resulting in a better user experience.
• Creative collaboration between libraries, or between libraries and other types of institutions, resulting in demonstrable improvements in service to users.
• Implementing new technologies to improve and extend library service to meet user needs.
• Explorations of the future of libraries.
• Pilot testing unconventional ideas and services.
• Redefining the roles of library staff to better serve users.
• Developing processes that encourage organizational innovation.
• Reaching out to and engaging library users and non-users in new and creative ways.
• Creative library instruction and patron programming.
• Finding new ways to make library collections or library facilities more useful.

The Journal of Library Innovation publishes original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews.

The journal also welcomes provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.

For more information and submission guidelines visit or contact Pamela Jones, the Managing Editor, at