embedded flickr slideshows

Check out HOW TO Quickie: Embedded Flickr Slideshows. I plunked the code into http://www.walkingpaper.org/flickr and I like it. You can also see an example below, which is a display of my photos tagged ‘mobilepic.’ This code is flexible in that you can be selective or inclusive in the photos to be shown. The down side is that only one size can be displayed, requiring some serious devoted real estate. The frame size can be changed, but then the photos are cut off.

Off the top of my head I can think of a few applications for this on a library website:

  • Inform people visually about the meeting room
  • Document an event
  • Show off a computer lab
  • Highlight an art collection

and perhaps my favorite idea…

  • Combine an embedded mp3 file with a slideshow of illustrations to create an amazing online storytime! Kids could listen to a librarian as they watch the story unfold. I’m really tempted to try this, but my drawings would probably scare the kids and the whole project would fail. I may need to employ the help of an artist friend, because there’s probably not many public domain illustrations for children’s books. Tho I do know of Ardvark the Aardvark.

Any other ideas?

6 thoughts on “embedded flickr slideshows”

  1. I’m not sure how this looks to other people, but I see this fine when I go to your web page, but it’s a big black box when I view the post in an RSS reader. Is there something about the way the flash works that you have to load the page it’s in to get the slideshow to start? Curious. Neat tool!

  2. Other applications (most are “more of the same” as what you’ve suggested):
    – User Education (show visually how to use an OPAC or how to access the latest online database, for instance);
    – Invite library uses to submit their fav. books and feature the covers as “Books of the Month” in pictures;
    – A series of “A Day in the Life of…” pictures, featuring the fireman, policeman, teacher, and of course the librarian;
    – Scanned notes of reader’s recommendations or comments of books read;
    Finally… intersperse all the above with sublimal messages like “you WILL read”; “Reading is GOOD”; “I read good, No read bad”… (kidding)

  3. i was just trying to decide if we should buy flash to do an online library instruction tutorial or use (yuck) microsoft powerpoint with voice over. it sounds like mp3s with a flickr slideshow might be just the thing. has anyone done this yet?

  4. Aaron, thanks so much for linking this tool! What a fabu idea, and easy to pop into our code! We’re doing a big furniture overhaul, and I included a slideshow of the “first wave” of installation on our library website (http://www.apl.lib.in.us/furniture.html). Very cool – will definitely use in the future for meeting rooms, instruction, local history resources and more. Thanks!

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