Can My Library Use That Image?

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. Librarians are naturally sensitive to copyright issues, but sometimes image permissions can be downright confusing. Here are some resources to help you determine which images are okay to use for your library's outreach efforts and marketing materials. 

cat looking at a cat picture on a computer monitor

With so many cute cat photos on the Internet, it's tempting to just grab one and use it on your website. But what are the rules and where can you get good public domain or Creative Commons images to spice up your website?

With the rise of visual social media (like Pinterest and Instagram), a clear trend in digital communications is more images and fewer words — even if you are communicating through your website or an email newsletter.

Top 10 Sources for Free Images for Your Library's Website or Newsletter

This post was originally published on the TechSoup blog. If you use marketing collateral, such as a newsletter, a Facebook page, or fliers for your outreach, you need good images to go along with it. But you also need to make sure that these images are okay to use. So where do you begin? We made a list of 10 free image sources to help you get started in your search. 

photo of red poppies on laptop screen

There are more places than ever to get free images that are entirely OK for you to use for your communications. Here are 10 sources for images you can freely use on your website or other communications channels. The following list is no particular order.

June's 6 New Edge Spotlight Libraries

Are you signed up for our monthly newsletter? If not, sign up here! In the June issue, you will find lots of information about products, webinars, and more. You'll also find a description of the six Library Edge Spotlights that we published in June -- each featuring one of the Edge benchmarks and a library that is excelling at achieving it.

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Happy May Day!

We're delivering your May Basket virtually... in the form of a newsletter. The May TechSoup for Libraries newsletter was emailed to subscribers earlier today.

Thanks to our Guest Bloggers and Speakers!

Happy Spring! In case you missed our newsletter this month, you can view it online, and you can also sign up to make sure it is emailed to you next month. Find out about our upcoming free webinars, our monthly survey, and our library in the spotlight.

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A Library: the Ultimate Gift that Keeps on Giving

Our December newsletter went out last week, full of lots of library tech goodies (the kind with no calories!). If you aren't subscribed, you can still view our newsletter online. If you need to subscribe, just follow this link.


Spotlights, Surveys, and Project Updates

Did you know the TechSoup for Libraries Newsletter is available as an email subscription? This month we focused on online learning to help you save time, energy, and resources so you can focus on important things, like keeping your home fires burning.

Green Library Practices and our New Newsletter Style

Our July newsletter was emailed out to subscribers this week with a brand new format! If you haven't signed up yet, you can view it online.