October 22nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

My single most viewed photograph on Flickr currently at 17,996 views.

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October 20th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Do it for herThe National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce that it is now a participating institution of the Commons on Flickr.

The Commons on Flickr was launched in 2008 as a pilot project in partnership with the Library of Congress in order to increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to invite the general public to provide information about the collections. The National Library of Medicine now joins a distinguished, international group of nearly one hundred cultural institutions in providing greater access to its collection and inviting public use of and engagement with these images held in the public trust through The Commons on Flickr.

Images from the historical collections of the History of Medicine Division, including public health posters, book illustrations, photographs, fine art work, and ephemera, have always been available through the Images from the History of Medicine database, which includes over 70,000 images illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to the 21st century. Now, people can also access them through the Commons on Flickr via a photostream where visitors can contribute information about the images by adding comments and tags. By adding a new way to see our collections through Flickr we hope to learn more details about our collections, create dialog about our holdings, and share knowledge with the public. Our collection of images on Flickr will continue to grow so we hope visitors will check back frequently for new content.

Source: NLM

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September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Sauers

wordpress logoThose of you that know me, know I’m a big fan of WordPress. All of my personal sites run on WordPress, both the Greece Historical Society and Friends of the Aurora Public Library sites which I manage run on WordPress, and Nebraska Libraries on the Web which I’m in charge of runs on WordPress. Ok, I live and breathe WordPress. So, if you do too, you probably know that you can easily embed external content from sites like YouTube and Flickr just by pasting the item’s URL on its own line. But did you know that you can also do this with sites like Instagram, Twitter, SlideShare and TED? No? Well now you do. And, if you’re interested in a complete list you can find it on the Embeds page in the WordPress Codex.

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May 21st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Flickr logoEarlier today, I wrote a blog post about today’s new changes at Flickr which included a free, ad-supported terabyte of storage for all Flickr users. In my article I referenced that Flickr Pro account users would be given an opportunity to stay Pro going forward. I reported this because this, in fact, was my understanding of what was told to me by a Flickr Senior Manager in a briefing earlier this morning before the announcement.

Unfortunately, I found out the hard way, later today, that this is not, in fact, the case.

In actuality, only *some* of Flickr’s Pro accounts are eligible to retain Pro status. More specifically, users had to be paid Pro accounts in January of 2013 and be set up for auto renewal at that time. If you were not specifically a paid, recurring Pro account user in January of 2013, set up on renewal, you will now be screwed out of your Flickr Pro account.

You can check to see if you are eligible to renew your Flickr Pro account here. If it doesn’t specifically say your Flickr Pro account will renew automatically on this page, you may be screwed too.

Read the full article @ ThomasHawk.com.

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May 21st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Flickr_logo_thumb.pngAs a Flickr Pro user it’s the last paragraph that I’ve quoted that’s got me on edge…

Starting [yesterday], Flickr is offering Free and Ad-Free accounts. The ad-free account is now $50 per year (double the old Pro price), and the only benefit it offers is the ad-free experience. All other benefits of paying to use Flickr are gone. (There’s also a “Doublr” account level that offers two terabytes of storage, not one.)

By doubling the price of the paid account and killing all the benefits except not seeing ads, Yahoo is practically begging Flickr users not to have paid accounts.

The only logic behind that seems to be that Yahoo really wants to be able to show more ads to Flickr users.

…Flickr’s help page says that existing Pro users will still be able to renew their Pro account in the future. There’s no price point for that. If it’s at the same price that Pro accounts have been (about $25), it means Pro users will be able to enjoy an ad-free Flickr for about half the price of new “Ad Free” account holders.

Read the full article @ Marketing Land.

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May 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Looks like I’ve got to find some time to learn how Flickr works again…

New Flickr design

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March 2nd, 2012 by Michael Sauers

Aviary pinterest-com Picture 1I’ve got a sort of love/meh relationship with Pinterest. I’ve used a lot of different social networks over the years and I can see why this one is so popular. (It’s the first one that my wife discovered before me so that backs up my theory that it’s very popular with “crafty” people; she’s a quilter.) Anyway, I’ve tried to participate and I have pinned some content over the past few months but I just can’t seem to get excited about it. 

However, in a way, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a good thing that I just don’t care about Pinterest all that much. Because if I did, I’d then have to think I heck of a lot more about all of the issues the service has raised over the last month. From copyright issues, to legal responsibility issues, to it’s relationship with Flickr; If I cared a lot about Pinterest I’d have to care about these issues and right now I just don’t seem to have the time to do that. 

I’m not going to block you from sharing my flickr photos on Pinterest. Please share away. But I’m not all that sure that I’ll be posting much more, if any, content on the service. Meh.

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May 20th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

Loren Corey Eiseley Public LibraryFor this assignment I watched Jeff Dawson’s and Michael Porter’s Library Images: Engage, Inspire and Tell your Story presentation. I can’t say that it wasn’t interesting but I easily got distracted during Michael’s portion of the presentation. The why is unique to me. Full disclosure: I’ve been Michael’s co-presenter for that exact presentation twice, at the 2009 Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences. In other words, most of this presentation was nothing new for me.

However, that shouldn’t be interpreted as disagreeing with anything either of them had said. In fact, I agree with every word they both said so much, I’ve shared the stage.  So, rather than comment directly on what they said, I’d like to take a moment to add a few comments.

I speak on the benefits of social networks to libraries constantly and have been doing so for years now. During almost every social networking presentation I get a question something like this: “Ok, you’ve convinced me/us. But I’ve got only so much time. What is the one thing I should do for my library out of all the options?” 

I tell them to grab a camera, start taking photos, and post them to flickr. Even if they don’t take the few extra moments to post those photos on their Web site (which they should) posting those photos to flickr provides several benefits: they visually tell the library’s story, they allow others to comment on the events taking place in the photos, and they contribute to the larger collective story of libraries (though contributing the photo to something like the Libraries and Librarians group.)

Seriously, there can be nothing easier than taking a few photos at an event you’re  already at and posting them to flickr. You don’t have to be a “photographer” do to this. Get the library a $50 digital camera or two and snap away. It’s not like you’ve got to get the film developed any more.

So, to repeat myself, if you do just one social thing online for your library, give flickr a try. It’s the most bang for your buck.

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May 12th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

It seems that Curious George visited the Kent County Library in Chestertown, MD recently. I’m sure the kids had a wonderful time but instead of posting the typical photos with kids, it looks like George got to run the library for a while. I just love these photos!


Created with flickr slideshow.

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May 10th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

digital camera icon Just a reminder – Nebraska Library Snapshot Week starts today!  Please help us show how valuable Nebraska libraries are by contributing photographs and statistics.

Here’s my first contribution:

My office desk - May 2010

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