Things 18 and 19 – Multimedia Sharing – Creative Commons and YouTube

These next two things will look at how you can find and share images and videos with others. Around 5,000 images per minute are being uploaded onto Flickr, and this huge collection can be a great resource for finding arresting and beautiful images, many of which are free for you to download, save, and reproduce with a creator attribution.

Thing 18 - Learn about using images licensed under Creative Commons

What makes Flickr so useful, including for libraries is that many images are licensed for reuse under Creative Commons, a licensing scheme designed for the social web. Unlike professional photographers, many Flickr users don’t make a living out of their images and are happy for others to make use of them. Best of all, you don’t even need to sign up for an account to reuse images from Flickr: you can search for Creative Commons-licensed images and download them straight away. These images can be used in presentations, posters, flyers, websites and of course, on your 23 Things blog!

Remember that unless an image is explicitly designated as reusable under Creative Commons or another licensing scheme, you should assume that it is copyrighted and not available for downloading, saving or reproducing.

Please follow these Step-by-step instructions for searching for images licensed under Creative Commons. Try searching for an image and add it to your blog post.

As you are already registered with Flickr (from Thing 17), if there is an image you really would like to use which does not have a Creative Commons license, you can always take the opportunity to contact users to request special permission to use an image. They may be happy to oblige!

Further reading:
Copyright information (Flickr)
A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images (Skelliewag blog)

Optional Extras:
1. There are plenty of other image banks available, including flickrCC a search engine designed to find only Creative Commons-licensed material on Flickr. There is also Warwick Media Library, an in-house image bank created for anyone who may require images of the university for commercial or publicity material. Why not explore these or a few more?
2. You can also allow others to use your images like this – try changing the rights settings for one of your photos by going to its page (click on the photo in your Photostream to go there), then click on ‘edit’ next to the ‘© All Rights Reserved’ message in the bottom right of your Flickr page (under Owner Settings). This will then open another window which will enable you to add a Creative Commons license to your image. For instance, if you choose Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons, then only non-commercial entities can use your image, they must give you credit for it, and whatever they create from it must be shared in the same way.

Thing 19 - Find and share library instruction videos on YouTube
YouTube is a video sharing site, hosting thousands of videos, created by both amateurs and professionals. Anyone can view videos on YouTube. However, in order to upload videos or to benefit from the site's "social" features users need to register for a free account. For the purpose of 23 Things you do not need to register.  There is a huge amount of content on this site, all available to search and share with others, and libraries have started to use this service by uploading walk throughs of their facilities, user guides and other promotional material. A good example is The British Library, who have their own YouTube ‘channel’, where you can access a variety of films.

YouTube EDU brings together YouTube content from Universities around the World, which you can search in. Although most of the channels on YouTube EDU are currently in the USA, you will also find universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. For this Thing you are asked to browse YouTube, search for library instruction videos, and when you find something of interest, share them with the other 23 thing-ers by adding them to your blog. To do this, follow the instructions at the end of the step-by-step guide for this post.

Some of you may already be familiar with some of these, but here are some amusing (and quite silly) library-related videos from YouTube to get you started:
CSI: Library Instruction (mockumentary of a bad library instruction session by UTLibraryInstruction)
Study like a scholar, scholar (Harold B. Lee Library promo)
Cookie Monster in the Library (Sesame Street!)

Don't forget to write a blog post about your experiences with Creative Commons and YouTube, including the tags ‘Thing 18’, ‘Thing 19’, ‘Creative Commons’ and ‘YouTube’.