Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Library Company Digital Collections on Flickr Commons

The Library Company is excited to announce its new membership in Flickr Commons, which features digital collections from cultural heritage institutions and encourages further sharing, commenting and crowdsourcing by the general public.

The Library Company has been contributing digital collections to Flickr since 2008, during which time there have been more than half a million views of our collection materials by people from around the world. On March 16, the day the account was activated and publicized, daily views of the Library Company's Flickr page shot up to over 32,000. The new account will expose the digital collections to those specifically seeking images from cultural heritage institutions. More information on the Library Company’s new membership can be found in a recent blog post press release by Flickr Commons.

The Library Company’s Print Department Assistant and Digital Collections Manager Nicole Joniec, who coordinated the new Flickr account and has generally expanded our digital footprint, has recently earned a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She attended SAA workshops and webinars on digital preservation, digital forensics, copyright, and information architecture and successfully completed a comprehensive examination. Nicole, who is also enrolled in a Masters of Library and Information Science program at Drexel University, is actively applying her newfound skills to the Library Company’s digital collections.

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