July 25, 2007
Beyond Flickr Exhibits - Flickr Slideshows!
Thanks to Sue for the shout-out about the Dentistry Library Flickr exhibits and reference. There is a new tool called SlideFlickr that creates embeddable Flickr slideshows (Flash-based) you can use in a blog entry or on a web page.
Dentistry Library: Virtual Exhibit: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/dentlib/archives/2007/07/virtual_exhibit.html
Now, if only the plug-in was already installed on the staff computers ...
Combine Twitter & Flickr
Twitku is a tool to send and receive posts to and from both Twitter and Jaiku. Twitku now shows a thumbnail of an image when you include the link from Flickr in the tweat/jaik.
So let's say you combine the two types of functionality for marketing. Create an account in Twitter for the library. Create a matching account in Jaiku. Have a Flickr account. Then create a Twitter / Jaiku stream to promote new books or items from special collections or such. For example, you could say everyday at 10am there will be a tweat/jaik about some cool thing on the New Books shelf. Have a picture of the cover image or title page or something visually interesting. Put the pic in Flickr, and include a tinyurl link to the Flickr pic in a tweat about the book, with a quote, title or link to the record (PURL) in Mirlyn or LibraryThing. Then do the same sort of thing at 2pm highlighting things from our special collections.
Bet any booklovers would subscribe to the feed? I sure would!
There are other neat things going on with Twitter for libraries. TwitterProse highlights a book a day, with brief quote. So does TwitterLit. BookTwo is "reading" James Joyce to the twittersphere. Maybe there are other mashups that would combine the Twitter functionality with some other source of information to create interesting ways to project information soundbites. Here is a list of Twitter mashups. Any other ideas?
Frantic Industries: All Twitter tools and mashups in one place: http://franticindustries.com/blog/2007/04/04/all-twitter-tools-and-mashups-in-one-place/
July 06, 2007
Create Online Exhibits with Flickr
The title pretty much says it all. Take some pictures, load them on Flickr, create some captions, add a link to the Flickr set of images on your web page or blog and away you go...
Check out our own Dentistry Library to see what Patricia has done on Flickr
June 06, 2007
Google Map of U-M Libraries
Create a Google Map showing the locations of the U-M libraries, with links to the libraries' Websites. Mash it up with pictures from flickr of the libraries' exteriors. Users can then, among other uses, easily get directions to libraries using Google Maps
May 11, 2007
Promote Library Events using Flickr
We have many wonderful events and exhibits in the library (including this MLibrary2.0 series) that could easily be showcased on the library site using flickr & rss. Seems like all we need to do is set up a flickr group that any library staff could join, they could then add photos of their events to the group, and then using a flickr badge, images could be fed automatically via rss onto the library's news page (or another page designated for this). I'd be glad to set this up if anyone else is interested in sharing their event/exhibit photos on the library website.