Flickr is a ton of fun! Since I already have several programs on my computer for organizing and editing photos, including Photoshop, I didn’t see the need to open an account. However, I could while away endless hours browsing this fascinating site, and the options for making albums and other collectibles is intriguing.
Libraries and schools might have many occasions to use Flickr for different purposes, but it seems that if used as a storage location, some protocol for local backup would be desirable.
On a family trip over the 4th of July, I went to Louisiana. On the home page, I entered “Louisiana” as the search term, and on the first page of results, retrieved this lovely picture of the Calcasieu River Bridge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/97228003/). I’ve traveled it many times, and it often looks like this.
Flickr might seem to pose problems in use for people with visual impairments. Remember, if pictures from Flickr or other sites are to be incorporated in electronic resources, alternate text, or the “alt tag,” needs to be included. This short list of tips from the American Foundation for the Blind gives a simple explanation (http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=4&TopicID=167&DocumentID=1453).