Monday, January 28, 2008

The Library of Congress gets into the act with Flicker

There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get stuff done. I was out researching on the Library of Congress site, looking for resources for the Great Depression to be used in an English class prior to the students' reading of Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. When I got to the home page, I saw that the Library of Congress is embracing Web 2.0 technology offered by Flicker. Here is the proposed project:

"Offering historical photograph collections through Flickr gives the Library of Congress a welcome opportunity to share some of our most popular images with a new visual community."

"We are offering two sets of digitized photos: the 1,600 color images from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information and about 1,500 images from the George Grantham Bain News Service. Why these photos? They have long been popular with visitors to the Library; they have no known restrictions on publication or distribution, and they have high resolution scans. We look forward to learning what kinds of tags and comments these images inspire. "
We are truly moving into a collaborative culture where everyone's opinion can count and be heard.
How can we use this with our students?

This is the link to the Library of Congress page:

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