News and announcements pertaining to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections and the Digital Initiatives Program.

Monday, February 22, 2010

UW Libraries participates in Flickr Commons theme of inaugural collection: “Winter Sports”

University Libraries Special Collections and Digital Initiatives announce the launch of a partnership with Flickr online photosharing service with a collection from the Libraries on the theme of “Winter Sports," to celebrate the Winter Olympics. To view the collection, see

Additions from the Libraries collections to the Flickr commons pool are planned for the second Wednesday of each month.

The UW Libraries is only the second university library to contribute images -- the first one was Oregon State. Participating institutions include New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Archives, Swedish National Heritage Board, Bibliothèque de Toulouse. See other participating institutions.

Flickr Commons has two main objectives, to increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge

Under "The Commons," cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photograph under their new usage guideline called "no known copyright restrictions."

Flickr Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when Flickr released their pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Popular Library Exhibit is back ... as an online version

From June 2009 through October 2009, the UW Libraries featured a centennial exhibit for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific-Exposition of 1909. More than 3 million people from countries across the world attended the 1909 expo which lasted for four months and left an indelible mark on the City of Seattle.

The centennial exhibit has been modified into a permanent online format located at