Back in January, the Library of Congress began an outreach experiment by posting a relatively small selection of pictures from their collection to flickr. Since then they’ve been adding about fifty images a week.
This month, two museums join the library in posting their pictures to The Commons section of the photo sharing site.
As with the images provided by the Library, visitors to the museums pages are encouraged to leave comments and add tags they believe will help users better find them.
All pictures also can be easily downloaded and carry “no known copyright restrictions” making them excellent materials for both teachers and students to use for projects and presentations.
Currently the collection at the top of the BM pages includes some interesting pictures from expeditions to Egypt in the early part of the 20th century.
Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more institutions joining the Commons very soon.