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Weird Massachusetts Is Here

   May 15th, 2008

Weird MassachusettsI know I've mentioned this before, but it's still fun: the authors of Weird Massachusetts found some photos I uploaded to flickr and asked if they could include them in the book.

I bring this up again because my complimentary copy of the book arrived - complete with my name in the photo credits. I suppose me being excited about this shows just how uncool I really am, but come on, it's neat.

This type of social networking is one of the great things about using Web 2.0 tools. But also, it illustrates the reason to share what you upload via a Creative Commons license, instead of the default All Rights Reserved (when possible, of course).

Another funny thing about this: during my ego-search of the photo credits page, I noticed two other library people listed (congratulations guys). I wonder if this is because librarians use tools like flickr more than regular people, or if we're more just inclined to share because of our profession.

Oh, and if you live in Massachusetts, this book is worth looking at. I've been here about three years, and at least half of the book was completely new to me. I'm looking forward to exploring some of these weird places this summer.

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4 Responses to “Weird Massachusetts Is Here”

  1. Dawn Says:

    Congratulations on having your photos published in a book! Of course I don’t know that you aren’t already published, maybe many times over, but it’s always a thrill to see your work in a bookstore!

  2. Jeremy Says:

    I’m another Mass librarian who had a photo under consideration for the book, but which did not make the final cut. I’m so glad to learn that so many of us found success on Flickr

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    Thanks guys. This is new to me, but it definitely makes me want to take more pictures and publish them – who knows, lightening might strike twice.

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