Friday snapshot …
At a social media meeting,this week at work we discussed the copyright issues involved when posting images on blogs and twitter from our archives, museum and library. I was blissfully unaware that in the last couple of years I have been holding a hot potato. I was not alone, we as a group were not consistent or knowing of the parameters of the copyright laws even though the implications should we get it wrong are clear and serious.
So I went away feeling a bit guilty that I had done something wrong and harmful to the library. I wanted to address my part in this and go forward correctly, so while I cannot undo the previous practices I can feel comfortable with each of my regular tweets on behalf of the library.
However, this was not without some practical adjustments. I usually scan any images I need ; this is not a good method as the results could be used by anyone for other means. My camera perfect for getting an instant snapshot didn’t connect to the wifi so any pictures taken this way would not upload until I got home; therefore the spontaneity of the shot was lost.
This minor hitch didn’t take long to rectify and my camera is working as it should. I can now tweet without infringing on copyright regulations.
So here goes; looking forward to next week’s theme of ‘holidays in the countryside’ I browsed the shelves in the children’s collection for a good read … not a great image as I was just practicing in the store to connect and it did! Picture in Dropbox in a flash!