During October a small group of YALSA bloggers will post ideas and information about positive uses of social networking tools in schools and libraries. Here’s positive use #4.

Many of you might have heard the term ‘Flicktion’ before and might even have used it in your school or library as a story starter. If so, please share! If not, do a search on Flickr for the tag ‘flicktion’ (or a Google search if you don’t have a Flickr account). The description underneath the pictures tell a story from the viewer of the photo. They can then share this with other viewers, which will allow for more comments and read/write activity.

If you are already using Flickr at your library to post photos of programs, consider creating a set of Flicktion photos with teens, and see how they respond. If teens have a writing club, online newsletter or participate in a bookclub at a jail, consider using this tool to engage them.

Pictures of their avatar, completed quest, or any high action scene in their favorite video game often have photo enabled tools within the online environment, they can quickly take a snapshot of and post to Flickr and let the stories begin.

If your’e still not sold on using this photo sharing site for story starters, check out ALAs TechSource post by Michael Stephens. He has a lot to say about the positive uses of Flickr.

Once again, if DOPA is passed sites like Flickr won’t be available in schools and public libraries. That also means that librarians won’t have the opportunity to help teens navigate responsibly through such sites as Flickr.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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