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The Newton Free Library does a great job with their Flickr account, with lots of interesting photographs. Some show off the art and architecture of the library building, including one of my favorites, this picture of Eeyore from the sculpture Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot, by Nancy Schon, and there are many photographs of library programs and exhibits.
But the thing I admire most about Newton’s use of Flickr is that they don’t just use it for special events, but as a way to visually represent all of the library’s services and activities. This includes many behind-the-scenes pictures of the delivery service, overflowing bookdrops, library staff and volunteers.
One great example of the kind of thing that Newton does so well is this set, which invites you to…
“follow the path of a book at the Newton Free Library – from a personal recommendation or good review, through ordering and processing till it arrives on the shelf for you to check out.”
This is a great example of the “show me, don’t tell me” approach, and something that I’m sure is useful for training new staff and volunteers as well as helping Trustees, Friends and members of the community understand a little more about how the library works.