Flickr Commons Fans Shine in the New York Times

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News
Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin (1902-1980)

Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin (1902-1980)

An article in today’s New York Times shines a light on the difference that social media is making today to an institution as venerable as the Smithsonian Institution, highlighted by Commons fans’ identification of Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin. Find out how many more ways social media is increasing the knowledge possessed by the Smithsonian, in “Smithsonian Uses Social Media to Expand Its Mission.”

2 Responses to “Flickr Commons Fans Shine in the New York Times”

  1. Catherine S. Says:


    I just wanted to thank you all for the shout-out of this article–you all deserve to spotlighted for the incredible work that you do. I learn something new from our Flickr Commons audience every week. We look forward to profiling some of the work that you all have been doing on our most recent rounds of “Women in Science” photographs on the Commons on our blog, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks.

    Kudos and many thanks!
    Catherine Shteynberg
    Smithsonian Institution Archives

  2. Effie Kapsalis Says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    We so appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm in contributing comments and research. You are a fantastic group to work with.

    I also need to mention how proud I am of the Smithsonian Archives’ archivists as they have been willing to put collections out there that aren’t fully described. It’s a risk, and they took it in the name of getting things out there for all to enjoy. Something that I have learned since joining the Archives this past summer is the amount of material they have to manage. They do a great job in creating collection-level finding aids for each collection they take in (and they continue to take in collections everyday since we collection the history of the entire Smithsonian). When we have the time, especially when it’s a collection that is regularly used/cited, we can go more in depth and do the research to catalog at an item-level, as we have started to with the Science Service collection. We also rely on fellows, in-person, and online volunteers like you to help research the collections in more depth. Ultimately, they are more findable, accessible, and valuable.

    We are thrilled to be part of this and can’t wait to see where new web/social media technologies bring us in the future.

    Effie Kapsalis

Leave a Reply