Week Four: Photo Sharing

Welcome to Week 4 – PhotoSharing! We are Royce Kitts and Patti Butcher. We’re going to have fun this week – we hope you will too! Please ask questions and we’ll do our best to guide you along the way.


Remember photo albums? How your mom kept everything organized – all your school events, family vacations, long-lost relatives? Well, photo-sharing websites do that-and MORE! You can upload pics, tag, organize, and share with just family and friends, or with the world. If you’re older (like Patti) you recall print photos, giant flash bulbs, “instant” cameras, and 16mm film. If you’re younger (like Royce) you are more familiar with digital photos and video, and online sharing.

In this week’s module we are going to focus on Flickr, but the basics of photosharing will be the same regardless of which tool you choose. To get started, click on the triangle in the middle of the video below to watch a short explanation about PhotoSharing from Common Craft.

Sharing/ Productivity/ Community

Individuals and institutions (like libraries!) share their photos for different reasons: to keep family members updated, to encourage interest in their library, so their photos are backed up, or because they enjoy getting comments on their photography.

For 23 Things, your photosharing project provides experience with digital photos, uploading, tagging, organizing – and an opportunity to create an account for your personal use OR an account for your library.

PhotoSharing Tools

All of these products work in much the same way – some offer more tools and options than others. If you already have an account with one of these photosharing sites, feel free to use your existing account for your project.

If you don’t have an account, we recommend Flickr to get started. Royce and Patti use several of these for different purposes. Your cell phone account may already be “connected” to one of these tools; you might check to see what options there are if you have a camera phone. We don’t want this to be too complicated!

Flickrpart of Yahoo! One of the largest and most popular photo sharing sites, you can tag your photos, comment on the photos of others, search by tag or user, create (or use) RSS feeds, download images in multiple sizes, form sets, establish groups for sharing among colleagues, use geotags (location information), and much more. Many other web-based applications have been developed for Flickr.

Picasa – from Google. Upload and manage your photos. Public albums are searchable through Google image searching.

Snapfish – from HP. Photo storage with the ability to organize, edit, and add borders, tints and other creative touches. with the additional ability to create “group rooms” where staff can add photos to one collection.

Shutterfly – In addition to being able to pick up your prints at your local Target, shutterfly offers an online community where you can share your work and see projects created by others as well as a blog full of ideas. Includes a section on digital storytelling. Shutterfly Share offers free webpage space and templates for showing and sharing your photos.

Kodak Gallery – Photo storage with the ability to organize, edit, and add borders, tints and other creative touches.

PhotoBucket – Another free site that includes photo editing, album sharing AND creating your own slide show. PhotoBucket is included in the Additional Tools section below if you want to create a slide show.


1. Watch our slideshow. Then proceed to the Activity of the Week.


Now it’s time to choose your project! Option A or Option B:
Option A.
1. Take a good look around Flickr and find an interesting image that you want to blog about. You can explore Flickr photos, search the tags, view various groups, and more without a Flickr account.

2. Use any keyword(s) (baseball, cats, library cats, library signs, Kansas library, whatever…) to find photos with those tags. When you find an interesting image or group, comment on your experience finding images, using Flickr, and anything else related to the exercise. Upload the image to your blog (be sure to credit the photographer). Don’t forget to include a link to the image in the post.

–OR– the more fun option

Option B.
1. Create a Free Account in Flickr (note that Flickr is now part of Yahoo! If you have a Yahoo! account for email or MyYahoo!, log in with that).
2. Then use a digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your library, or begin to create a “virtual” library tour.
3. Upload these to your new Flickr account and tag at least one of the images with 23 Things Kansas. Be sure to mark the photo public.
4. Add one or more of your images to your blog. You can add the image in one of two ways:

Flickr‘s blogging tool (need a Flickr account to see the button) lets you click the Blog This button (right above the picture) and add any public photo on Flickr to your blog. Be sure to give credit to the photographer, if it is not your photo.   *Flickr Blogging FAQ*

Watch HeatherBraum walk you through how to set up this handy little tool on Flickr:

For blogger blogs http://www.screencast.com/users/hbraum/folders/Jing/media/8c2ae685-2960-4bb4-89e5-8dfbcea2bdfc

WordPress blog – Use the Upload/Insert tool above the Tool Bar, choose the Image icon (square in a square), and follow the steps to locate the file on your computer and insert the image into your post.

5. Once you have the photo uploaded and tagged, create a post in your blog about your photo and Flickr experience. Will you use Flickr for the library or media center, for your personal photos, or in another way?

Spend some time exploring the site and have some Flickr photo fun. Check out the Flickr App Garden. If you’re interested in looking at some other photo hosting and sharing sites, check out the EXAMPLE links below.

Keep in mind that when posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) get the person’s permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures to your Flickr account that weren’t taken by you (unless you have the photographer’s consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.


Photo Editing Tools


Photo Shop



Other Tools


Animoto – create your own slide show from photos, add text and music, remix, and post.

Creative Commons – Images on Flickr

Flickr Badges


SLK Photos (Flickr)

NEKLS Photos (Flickr)

Tonganoxie Public Library Festival of Trees (Flickr)

Library of Congress (Flickr)

In September, the Brooklyn Museum hosted Common Ground 2009: A Flickr Meetup with NYPL and the Brooklyn Museum

34 thoughts on “Week Four: Photo Sharing

  1. This lesson was a lot of fun. I didn’t have a lot of pictures with me to upload, but thinkg I will try using it this summer to share summer reading pictures.

  2. Another site I’d like to recommend is http://www.compfight.com/ which allows you to return back a couple of hundred images off of Flickr in one search, try, for instance searching on “sunflowers”; this does not necessarily expedite the images that are licensed, necessarily, but it does provide a much more rapid tool for finding a better image quickly in large, vague sets of terms. A very useful tool (for which I’d like to give credit to Michael Sauers at the Nebraska Library Commission, who shared it with us in a workshop here some years ago.) — Thanks!

  3. I especially am enjoying this week’s lesson. It allows you to be creative and organized. I often was fearful of putting my pictures online, but I am grateful for the private feature. I also like to convenience of ordering only the pictures that I really want to have prints of.

  4. @Susan — Thanks for recommending Compfight. I never can remember the URL, but Michael Sauers recommended it to me, too, at Computers in Libraries last year — I use it now when I want to find creative commons’ licensed photos for presentation building.

  5. I have added a picture set from Flickr to my blog. But I am not sure I have done it correctly as it says its a test post, and when you click on the Flickr button, you see the information about getting started. Have I missed a step? My blog is LibLady495’s Blog. This is a tool I want to be come more familiar with. Although I am using Shutterfly for some family photos.

  6. Why am I so nervous about this week??? I love photos & I love the idea of adding them to blogs, etc., but . . . guess i’ll just have to get my feet wet.

  7. This week and last week have really got me ‘out of the box’ and expanded my ‘networking skills’. Our library facebook fan page has taken off. and I will use these skills to expand our page. Thanks!

  8. Hey Karen,
    I left some comments on your blog. Looks like you were doing it right. You just get a little test button.
    Heather Braum has whipped up some awesome screencasts for how to do use the ‘flickr to blog’ to. Those have been linked to know in the lesson plan, option B for this week.

  9. I would like to know how libraries handle publicity releases for photo sharing. Do you all get parental permission before posting photos of youthful patrons to your website via Flickr? Lots of our YA patrons show up to programs without their parents! Thanks. SB

  10. Yep – the link that Royce shared is pretty much what we do. We used to have the big ole permissions form, but discovered that staff weren’t really taking photos – because they didn’t want to mess with the form.

    Now, we simply announce that we’re taking pics, they’ll be used on the website, etc – and to please move out of the way if you don’t want to be in the pic (in a nice way!).

  11. At home and at work I use Paint.Net for editing photographs. It is a little more robust than Picnik, although Paint.Net is a software, not an online photograph editor. Paint.Net has been compared favorable to Photoshop and I find it incredible easy to use. However, I do find Picnik is a bit easier to create “poster” type images where you have multiple elements, such as a picture with text, for promotional purposes.

  12. Nice tip Robert. I like the ease at which you can explore photos. Dismayed they had more Drew Brees photos than Manning photos, but I will bet over taht.

  13. Hey Jeff! At home I use photoshop, but it is nice to know that there is an online free photo editor out there like picnik if I ever do need to use one. I have to give it up to Heather Braum for pointing out picnik.com!

  14. I decided to try searching for the 23ThingsKansas tagged photos in Flickr and discovered that putting spaces between the words yields 3 tags: 23, Things, and Kansas. It does not, however, pull those items with 23ThingsKansas tags. I’ve amended my tag.

  15. > Hi, I found a nice picture on Flicker after I opened an account. But I am not sure about how to get that picture to my blog in WordPress. Do I just save the target to my pictures? When I go to my blog and try to attach a picture, it takes me to ‘My Pictures’. I think I am making this harder than it is. Thanks for help!

  16. I’m really behind due to a week long illness. I tried to get a Flickr account today and I hate Yahoo products. I created the account (resenting that they require your birthday and zip code) and then when I went to login it wouldn’t take my login information. I would have followed the steps to get a new password, but because of my frustration (which is heightened because I’m still ill) I entered the wrong information on Alternate email address and now I can’t have them send me an email. Blah! What do I do know?

  17. Just thought I’d let you know I finally got a Flickr account to work and posted my pic on my blog. I also put a link on my blog to my other pics.

  18. I attached a picture from Flikr this weekend on my blog. I need to try and find a way to put it in a different spot. Will work on it more.

  19. Hi Alice!
    You can try this handy little blogging tool that is part of flickr. What it does is allow you to find a picture on flickr and have that posted to your blog. Thanks to Heather Braum for whipping this up: http://www.screencast.com/users/hbraum/folders/Jing/media/e6843893-a8ab-4cbe-9489-b7caa8b95231

    Glad I could help Gwen :) And yes, I agree, getting a yahoo email is not my favorite thing to do.

    Don’t forget, even though the lesson might be older, I will still keep checking for posts and offering advice, tips, and helping to create general confusion on this topic.

  20. I am a week behind because of Internet connections, so that being said, I thought I was going along at cruising speed and I get an email from googlemail that my blogspot is being considered a spam website. I had to a couple of email with links to fix the problem and they said they would let me know in a couple of days(?) At first I couldn’t get into my blog and then on the second email it allowed me to access it. Does this happen on a regular basis with Blogger when you add something new like Flikr? I am half scared to try the RSS and feed lesson.

  21. It almost sounds like the email you got about your site being spam might be spam itself. In my experience this type of thing doesn’t happen when you add new services to your blog. Plow ahead. Remember, we are all here for you. The beauty of these online tools is that whenever there are problems, usually someone else has had that problem as well and has worked out a solution.

  22. Hey Jane,
    On wordpress you can add tags as you are creating the post. Somewhere on that page :) usually to the right there is a spot that asks you to tag the post. When uploading photos via flickr, it is a very similar process. The spot to add tags is generally next to the photo you just uploaded. Once you are signed in to flickr, you can also go back and re-add tags to a photo.

    Hope this helps a little.

  23. Just wondering, when I posted a pic to flickr, I couldn’t actually see it there. When I looked as some of the examples, I couldn’t see them either (looked like broken links) – any suggestions as to what I did wrong?

  24. I am weeks behind and trying to catch up. I’m messing around with Flickr and can’t seem to upload a .GIF image. I did follow exactly the steps shown in the slide show. I could upload an unrelated .PDF image with no problem. Any clues?

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