Online Northwest 2010: Free online visual image databases

Continuing with Dan & Tricia’s session…

Public Health Image Library (PHIL):  beware the diseased body part pictures!  Images have lots of metadata that can result in false drops (search on “H1N1” results in promotional shots of families, etc. used in marketing materials.)  Good source for public-domain images (with credit) for viruses, germs, scientists, etc.

The page that Dan & Tricia put together for the presentation includes all these sites plus handouts on fair use, copyright & permissions, etc.

Not everything is on Google Images!

Q&A:  “standalone manner” prohibition?  Means you can’t make a copy of the image and resell/reuse it without any adaptation whatsoever.  As soon as you adapt it it’s not standalone anymore.

What to do with a large physical file of undated/undocumented images from magazines etc.?  Student worker!  Develop clear policy around use and reuse, copyright guidelines.

How often are images indexed for these image sites?  Almost a monthly basis for some, with blog postings for updates.  Not instantaneous, so not everything licensed CC in Flickr will show up in, for instance.

What to tell students who are creating their own Flickr accounts with their own content?  Dan advises them to be careful and investigate sharing options, licensing options.  Thinks most don’t really do it.  Tricia stresses copyright & fair use in design/image resource instruction.  Pushes caution and never post anything to Web unless they’re sure it’s licensed and credited.

How to corral these images for use in teaching on a regular basis?  E.g. specific requests for types of drawings–botanical images, etc.  Dan:  we have image pages on library website that classify types of images, to help users find sources on their own.  Can create redundancy in page design.  Then need to network with faculty and let them know what exists and how to use it.  Constant ArtSTOR reminders in the hallways, in classrooms, etc.  Tricia educates faculty/users about what she does, finds ways to direct users to website and publicize resources.  Get faculty to come to her at point of need.  Always finds opportunities to educate faculty about resources.  Dan:  and they often tell us about other sources we can add to the lists.  (User ownership of the resources is good.)

Color printers: how much do you charge, are they worth it?  Yes, fifty cents a page.  Need good print management software.

Particular tools for collecting images/organizing them?  What do you recommend to faculty/users?  Dan:  sometimes, thumb drive/hard drive.  Zotero snapshots of web pages can work for Firefox users.  ArtSTOR allows faculty to upload images to their faculty accounts.  PNCA has its own internal social networking tool, and many people use that.

How to screen for quality in image searching/collecting?  Tricia: some tools allow you to search by size of file (usually large = high quality.)


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