Sunday, August 10, 2008

Using Creative Commons photos

Librarians everywhere push for patrons to be sure to use images that do not have copyrights. A while back I found out that Flickr has a feature that allows you to search for creative commons images. It was a bit tedious for me. If you click the link mentioned above, images are sorted into six different categories: Attribution License, Attribution-NoDerivs License, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, Attribution-NonCommercial License, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License and Attribution-ShareAlike License. At times this is very useful, based on how you want to use the images. But, it can be cumbersome to search each category for the image that interests you.

That is where this tool comes in handy: JohnJohnson's Flickr CC Search Toy. Not only can you search for creative commons images on Flickr. This website will help you embed the picture you want from Flickr along with an attribution. This is definitely going to be added to my bookmarks. The image below is my first attempt at using this new "toy."


Photo by Pensiero
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

I must also note that I found out about this new toy from using my Google reader to keep up with all the library blogs I read. If you liked this useful tool, you might like Cathy Nelson's blog Techno Tuesday.

1 comment:

Cathy Nelson said...

Wow thanks for the plug. I wish I could remember where I saw that tool first. I did give "cred" to where saw it recently(PowerLibrarian) but I was referred to it about 2 weeks ago. I just did not remember who had referred to it, so didn't want to blog it until I had the ability to properly link it. As a school librarian, we have to "model" ethical use of information and pictures fits right in with that. I also feel we should mode l proper blogging techniques, including linking to the inspirations for posts. That's a mouthful to only confess I forget about half the time. Sigh. Learn by doing.