You should start your own version of the Library of Congress Flickr page

On the “Custom Media Craft Blog,” I’ve posted an item about the new Library of Congress page on Flickr. According to Librarian/Blogger Matt Raymond, “if all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity.”

This is the type of smart use of new media and collaborative communities that I believe more institutions, companies and associations should be experimenting with. Here’s one little example: Does your church or synagogue have old photos gathering dust somewhere? Post them on a Flickr account and invite your members to help you identify who are on the photos. Just think about all the images in old school yearbook files that could be organized via tagging.

In a smaller way, we all have our little Library of Congress archival photos sitting in files (and shoeboxes) somewhere.

Later: Dave Winer has updated his Flickr-fed, RSS-powered screensaver-caster, FlickrFan (see my earlier post) with a feed option for photos from the LOC Flickr account.