Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy, one of the Flickr Tools, is a unique visual search engine which searches images from Flickr, then brings each category up like a series of planets rotating around a sun.

If you click on one of the rotating ‘planets’,  this will add extra terms to your search and reduce the number of photos in your final search.  When you have narrowed your search enough, click on the central ‘sun’ to view all the images in the unique rotating sphere, which you can then spin in different directions.

“Clicking on the central “star” will close in on that star and fill it with exactly 235 picture thumbnails. The star can be rotated with the left mouse button and zoomed with the mouse wheel. A click on a preview image will load that image in front, another click will load information about the picture like the name of the artist, a description and a link to the Flickr page.” (ghacks.net)

Click twice on an image to enlarge it, then either click a thrid time to shrink it back, or follow the link to view more photos in someone’s photostream in Flickr. If you would like to see more images, click on the link at the top of the screen to replace those images with another 235.

Watch a video of how Tag Galaxy works or, for an alternative way to view images easily, check out Cooliris.

Flickr: School Library Displays

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.