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20 Years Photographing Public Libraries - Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog)

20 Years Photographing Public Libraries -  Robert Dawson - SFGate (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I first met photographer Robert Dawson in the late '80s when he was working on a monumental work called “Water in the West.” 

That project is still going after 35 years so I was not surprised to learn that he has spent the last 20 years working on a book called “The Public Library.”

Criss-crossing the country he he shot 557 libraries and topped 250,000 miles in his Toyota Camry. The book will be released April 8, just in time for National Library Week, April 13-19.
Check out the photos above or the video below and you are excused from checking out a book during library week.

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10 photos on the blog post! I would love to see the book.

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Digital engagement ... lessons from the front, by @myleejoseph | eRecords Project - #Instagram terms of service

Digital engagement ... lessons from the front, by @myleejoseph | eRecords Project - #Instagram terms of service | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The announcement by Instagram of a change in terms of service unleashed a huge reaction from #igers (Instagram users) and the broader community alike. It resulted in a carefully worded message from Kevin Systrom, Instagram's co-founder a day later.

Many libraries, museums, archives and galleries use social media tools for digital engagement with their clients and the community. Due diligence includes monitoring the shifting sands of terms of service in this space and active risk management but there are other aspects of digital engagement and lessons to note:
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Valuable insight about Instagram planning to change their terms of service > something to consider for libraries and archives using the platform!

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Vintage Photographs From Inside 10 Famous Libraries - Flavorwire

Vintage Photographs From Inside 10 Famous Libraries - Flavorwire | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Emily Temple:

"A mini collection of vintage photographs from inside famous libraries both at home and abroad."

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Underground New York Public Library

Underground New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. (Underground New York Public Library http://t.co/0ZpuyBlO "

 

"It expects to house over a thousand images by 2013. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re all capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.

The NYC Reading-Riders are a plentiful and diverse group. They’re engaged in a simultaneous journey, one that takes them towards their daily pursuits as well as towards a greater sense of themselves and our world. This project takes a closer look at them in celebration and revelation.

I’m Ourit. I take and post these pictures along with some behind the scenes stories and thoughts. I’m fascinated by how we apply ourselves to stories and discourse. In so doing, we shape the course of who we understand ourselves to be."

 

4-6 images per day are being placed on the website

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Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia

Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the digital age, it’s easy to forget that the millions of physical photographs that exist in the world still need a physical home — somewhere they will be cared for so they don’t fall into decay or vanish without a trace. Bill Bonner is the caretaker of National Geographic’s immense archive of vintage photos, and this video from its Proof blog takes us inside.

National Geographic is home to some 11 million photographs, eight million of which are overseen by Bonner in the basement of their headquarters in Washington DC. The collection spans well over 100 years of image making, and Bonner claims to have looked at every single image in his archive."

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A video showing some of the gems of this photograph treasure!

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The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"This inforgraphic from Mediabiestro is a great visual of the mobile revolution.

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

The digital revolution has made an enormous impact on photography, and smartphones and social media have been hugely instrumental in this massive growth.

 

** 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily

 

**Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress

 

**Twitter (6.9 million daily active mobile users) and Instagram

 

**(7.3 million daily active mobile users) combined account for hours of photo-taking usage each month, and photos make up 42 percent of all posts on Tumblr.

 

 

**The money stat? 741 million mobile phones worldwide have some kind of photo capability."

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/SLt2Nz]


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An Archive of Memories: Viewing War Footage Critically ...

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Amita Arudpragasam:

"Another argument for why we are obliged now, more than ever before, to discern what photography we deem important, is because in this post-war period we are in the process of creating an archive of memories..."

 

"For many in Sri Lanka and around the globe, war is generic. Images of war victims are anonymous and nonspecific. If the caption on a photograph of a child war victim is altered, the meaning of the image can be changed and the photo reused in different contexts and by different parties – by LTTE advocates, different political factions, or by the Sri Lankan government. Do photographs of war victims necessarily vivify the condemnation of war? No. The same photograph that can be used as a call for peace can be used as a cry for revenge, as exaltation of a warring party, as acknowledgement that terrible things happen, or even as intimation that terrible things will continue to happen. The uses of the same Sri Lankan war footage can be diverse, from the promotion of the military, to appeals for peace, to ammunition for Human Rights activists. While photographs have a creator and so represent the view of someone, photographer intent does not necessarily determine the meaning of a photograph – processed images take on a life of their own depending on what context they are viewed in, and by whom. How a photograph is understood depends on the organizing idea, the moment, the place, the uses and the identification of the picture. So what should we take a photograph to mean? It might seem that photographs are simply a crude statement of fact addressed to the eye. But this belief is misleading and outdated. Photographs, as evidenced by their numerous adaptable uses are both objective record and personal testimony, a faithful copy or transcription of reality and an interpretation of that reality."

 

A valuable argument for the archivist to keep in mind.

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Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Flickr for Librarians

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Steal this Idea: Flickr for Librarians: http://t.co/YKjGbKEB...

 

16 Ways To Use flickr @ Your Library, by Mickey Coalwell

 

1. Publicize EVENTS at your library with candid photos of activities and participants.

2. Present a collection of HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS of a city, community, area, or building – how about your own library?

3. Highlight OUTREACH SERVICES such as a bookmobile or delivery vehicle, along with outreach staff and drivers.

4. Publicize a GAMING tournament or other teen event.

5. Show photographs from an AUTHOR SIGNING at your library.

6. Show the BANNED BOOKS DISPLAYS at your library.

7. Promote and share a CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP.

8. Provide a VIRTUAL TOUR of your library facility.

9. Share photos of PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS at the library.

10. Show pictures of regular COMMUNITY MEETINGS held at your library.

11. Provide a gallery of LIBRARY STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

12. Create WIKIS OR INSTRUCTIONAL WEB SITES for staff on library technical topics.

13. Promote your Friends group's FUNDRAISERS and BOOK SALES.

14. Create a VIRTUAL TRAVELOGUE of your city or town.

15. Post pictures of your ADMINISTRATORS OR LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

16. Show BOOK COVERS for reading lists or Readers' Advisory blogs.
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