If you don’t already have a flickr account, consider using it for showcasing to parents photos of events that are happening in your library e.g. author visits, competitions, storytelling sessions, recommended books (get cover images from Amazon), Book Week displays and events. Having a flickr account also means that you can upload and save your photos from any computer, making it very easy to share them.
Once you have created an account, you can upload photos into ‘sets’ and make them private or public. If you make them private, then only the people you invite can view those photos. This of course is good for photos involving students.
You can upload photos quite large in size, but I prefer to resize them first (to 800 x 600) for speed of uploading. I use VSO Image Resizer, a free program you can download at http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/download-image-resizer.php however Picasa will also resize photos for you.
If you would like to share some photos of your library displays, I have created a ‘group’ in flickr called School Library Displays: http://flickr.com/groups/school_library_displays It doesn’t matter if your displays are big or small, it will be a place where anyone can share ideas or get ideas. If you have downloaded Cooliris onto your computer (see my previous blog entry), have a look at the library display photos using the Cooliris photowall – they look really good!
Some of our Redlands College library displays – see more in Flickr.