Social Media for Nonprofits: Creative Tools

An overview of social media tools and uses for nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations. Includes how-to, tips, and examples. Regularly updated!

Pollak Library Guide to Finding Rights-Free Media

Copyleft symbolThe Pollak Library "Rights-Free Media" Guide will help you find "rights-free" and "rights-light" media and content that is available for re-use, sharing, and oftentimes modification (aka "remixing").

There are many different types of rights-free and rights-light designations, such as: Creative Commons, Public Domain, Open Source, and Open Access. These designations do not replace copyright; instead they work alongside copyright. It is still ultimately the responsibility of the content consumer to verify terms of use for each intellectual property item.

When you browse this guide you will find:

  • Explanations about different rights-free concepts and their terms of use.
  • Resources and tips for finding rights-free/light images, video, audio, presentations, coursework, ebooks, text, and code.
  • Resources and tips for rights-light licensing your own intellectual property.
  • Resources and tips for keeping abreast of the latest news and issues involving rights-free content.

Copyleft public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Animoto Video Maker

Animoto is an online video maker that turns your photos, video clips and music into video in minutes. Pick a video theme, and music from their library (or upload your own). Free plans allow unlimited 30 second videos. Videos can be published to YouTube, your blog, or other social sites.

Pixlr Image Editor

A tutorial on Pixlr Editor. This photo editing program mimics a lot of the core functionality and UI of Adobe Photoshop while sacrificing some of the more advanced features in place of usability. This is a great program for anyone intimidated by Photoshop, and looking for a less complex image editor. Also.... it's free.