May 29, 2022

Flickr Commons Welcomes Its 100th Member Institution, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries!

From the Flickr Blog:

We’re very excited to welcome the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries to the Flickr Commons. VCU — the hub of Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the USA — has grown and evolved since its founding more than 175 years ago, and the VCU Libraries collections reflect the complexity of its evolution.


“Together, these collections represent VCU Libraries’ commitment to collect, preserve and make resources available to scholars and researchers across the world,” said VCU Digital Collections Librarian Lauren Work. “Much of the material reflects underrepresented Richmond communities that illuminate the culture, stories, and realities of sometimes hidden or ignored people — African-Americans, women and LGBT community members.”

in a Second Blog Post:See the Complete Blog Post Featuring a Few Items From VCU’s Collection

From a Second Blog Post About Flickr Commons 100 Members Milestone:

For the largest account in the Flickr Commons — the Internet Archive Book Images Project, with 2.8 million images now and 14 million images to be uploaded in total — Flickr’s search and vision technology transforms the way the public experiences their images. In addition to metadata added by humans, Flickr can recognize what’s in the photo, which greatly expands relevance and remarkable new intelligence to search (this blog post has a good explanation of the deep learning technology we employ). This means you can search for a term like “beard” and see at a glance 500 years of historical images, even if those images don’t have metadata that would otherwise surface them in search.

See Also: Flickr Commons Info Page, Registration

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.