Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Library Uses for Flickr

I spend a larger part of time at City and at Cass telling people to stop doing things, than I'd like to admit (especially during the 24-hour opening). I tell them to stop talking on their mobile phones, stop talking in the silent study zones, stop eating those cans of tuna (really), and to please finish their hot drinks outside the library...please. At Cass they came up with some pretty clever signs with pictures of coffee dripping over a piece of paper to convey the idea that eating and drinking around books might harm them, and the library would like to discourage this behavior.

So, I wonder, what are some more images that would communicate a similar thing? Hello Flickr!

Browsing for images, the first image that I came upon meeting my criteria comes from a user who happens to be a librarian in Lincolnshire. *Sigh* Is there anybody on Flickr who isn't a librarian?Photo Credit: Caro Wallis (Flickr)
Used under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Photo credit: Brett L. (Flickr)
Used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo credit: Busbeytheelder (Flickr)
Used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Max Wheeler (Flickr)
Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Paul Sheehan (Flickr)
Used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Obviously, the cleverest photos aren't going to regulate behavior. When students really want to eat and drink in the library they are going to figure out ways to do so. Ultimately, I think it comes down to social regulation. If library users feel pressured by their surroundings to behave a certain way, they will. You don't see many people trying to sneak coffee into the reading rooms at the British Library do you?


  1. Some great ideas to use images to enhance what you're trying to tell students! That pizza pic is a bit full on though!

    Rowena 23 Things team

  2. Catie - these images are great! I'd agree with Rowena though, the pizza pick is not pleasant!