Category Archives: Rant

Finding Creative Commons Works to Suit Your Needs

CC: Public Domain

I’ve seen this topic come up in a few situations in the past couple of weeks, including a G+ post by Mike Allton about using Flickr to search for CC images, so I thought I’d share some quick tips.

You can do searches at http://search.creativecommons.org/ and specify your use-case, e.g. that you want to use them for commercial purposes.  FYI when you enter your search query you will not be searching all of the sources, but just one at a time.  So, the easiest way to do it is to enter your query in the box, make sure to check the correct use-case, and then click the box of the source you’d like to search.  There are a variety of options, including Google, Google Images, YouTube, SoundCloud, Flickr and others.

Another option is to use Google’s Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search.  There you get many options for advanced search, including filtering by usage rights at the bottom of the list.

One last tip… At the bottom of http://search.creativecommons.org/ you can see a yellow box that allows you to add CC search to your browser.  If you’re using Chrome you can make it your default search (by right-clicking the address bar and choosing “edit search engines”) when you type in the unified search/address bar (and switch it back if you don’t need it) and if you use Firefox it can be one of the options in the search box at the top right of the page.  IE doesn’t seem to support it and I don’t know about Safari.

Hope this was helpful!

**Disclaimer:  I am not an IP lawyer and this is not legal advice, so don’t blame me if you don’t cite something correctly or have any issues using CC licensed content.**
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A little about me…

It is my blog after all. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want from this for a while now, and I think I’m going though a bit of a blog-identity crisis. I feel like most bloggers must go though this at least once, right? A friend of mine started a blog recently and it took her over a year to figure out what she wanted to do. She decided to merge her passions and document her transformative experiences.

I took a bit more impulsive approach (more than once) and thought, “I’ll figure it out as I go along” or “it will just naturally evolve into what it’s destined to be.” I think I have limited myself too much thus far. I wanted this to be a reflection on my career, but that’s not all of me. I’m learning and developing professionally and personally every day.

I have a variety of interests – I enjoy food and finding new recipes and ingredients to try; I love to read; I’m kind of a tech geek; I have an awesome dog; and yoga is becoming more and more a part of my life. I don’t think I can accurately represent myself if I continue to focus on only one element, and honestly I never know what is going to inspire me to put pen to paper, so to speak. I follow tons of library/information science-related blogs, and figure if they can talk about more than just work, why can’t I?

So the point of this rant, is that my topics will be more diverse and I’ll probably look to rebrand this blog. I spent a good couple of hours today trying to think of another name, but everything I came up with is already taken. So I’ll leave off here, but hope this change in direction will be more fulfilling for me and more interesting for readers!