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Summary – Visual Resources – 2nd April 2013

The #uklibchat on Visual Resources in April, highlighted a lot of areas/ways of using visual resources that you may not have heard, and thanks to the those who joined us, it jam-packed with visual resources that I did not know about: Smore, BBC Motion Gallery, Scran, Morgue Files.

We also have a related feature for you to read: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

A list of links to resources are provided at the bottom.  All feedback and comments welcome, including any great visual resources that you would like to share.

Q1. What fields/professions use visual resources?

  • @rugabela Mass media mainly: newspapers and press agencies. Special collections in some libraries. All what I know is that the greatest newspapers in my country have important photo archives and also some libraries have special sections for example, maps, posters, illustrations. I remember when the library of congress invited the public to tag flickr image… http://t.co/8ffPt4avWy a success, copied widely
  • @tinamreynolds I use them quite a lot looking after surveyors. [We are asked for] Maps and mapping mainly although sometimes asked for images.
  • @spoontragedy  Children’s & school librarians use some visual resources & things like puppets & soft toys to bring stories alive.  Medical & related students & professionals use visual resources like diagrams & models. My mum works in property valuation & uses a lot of maps & aerial sattelite images
  • @sarahcchilds I always think of it as being mainly artists using visual resources so would be interested to hear of others. We do have models and videos in our collections though (management library). 7Ps of marketing, Honey & Mumford’s learning styles, Porter’s 5 forces, SMART objectives, SWOT, 7 Cs of consulting etc
  • @Kosjanka, I work for a govt agcy. We use maps, aerial photo’s to monitor changes in the environment. The satellite images (Google, etc.) were popular in the lib when first came online (land disputes, etc.)
  • @agentk23. The first things I would think of are Art and Architecture, and after looking at GIS, professions that need geographical data
  • @LibrarySherpa Doesn’t every library have some sort of visual resource? Law firms, law libraries, legal societies do – for example. Maps, instructional videos, art books, sometimes blueprints or design sketches, medical.
  • @Annie_Bob we had a skeleton in the last library I worked in, his name was Stan 😉
  • @BishopWalshLib Hi I’m a secondary school librarian in Birmingham. Do displays count as visual resources – they can give a lot of info?
    • @uklibchat When I asked previously @therealwikiman mentioned presentation
  • @sarahlmastersas a sch Libn I use visuals a lot, posters, maps, photos, displays, bk covers, i make podcasts, use vid bk trailers,
  • @LibraryWeb  street maps on the Internet are not too infrequently useful behind the public library counter also!
  • @Kosjanka Went to BBC Natural History Unit / Library & Archives last year. They said it took them three days to catalogue a 30 min prog! They were able to search for pictures in minute detail. [They catalogued] Basic data like program, transmission date, etc. But also things like shot angle, lighting, landscape, gender of subjects.  Level of cataloguing was such that they could search for pic ‘bear against sunlit moutain, approaching frm right’ http://t.co/OhBt5GWqAL (BBC Motion Gallery). Write up about visit to BBC Bristol Library & Archives / Nat Hist Unit here: http://t.co/q61zKwFwCB
  • @LibrarySherpa If you’re ever in Washington DC, the Newseum is a great place for visual news items, website is great too http://t.co/IypeVGyC9l


Q2.  a)What free-to-use visual resources do you use and is it different for personal and professional use?  b)What paid for resources does your library/workplace have?

  • @Annie_Bob I use Flickr, Behold, and most recently Pixabay (thanks to a blog post by @philbradley) to find images at home & at work
  • @rugabela The most important photo agencies, e.g Getty have their archives on-line but you have to pay for using them.
  • @spoontragedy  I use Google Maps & Streetview a lot for personal use and also used it a lot for public library enquiries
  • @JudithAnnBrown Hi, I work in school libraries at the moment…Love http://t.co/49pibpxAU7  (Morgue File)
  •  use Google maps (mainly on my phone. At work I’ve recently discovered http://t.co/0LqCD9GIVU (SCRAN)
  • @LibrarySherpa I can’t answer Q2b but for Q2 personal use there are plenty of fair use image websites and some MS Clip Art is fair use.
  • @tinamreynolds Batchgeo is a good free way of putting dots on a map. Personally, googlemaps
  • @Annie_Bob The university has subscriptions to lots of databases including Artstor http://t.co/p4TFMfMHK
  • @spoontragedy  Many public libraries have subscriptions to the Oxford Art Online database, which has many images of paintings/photography
  • @Kosjanka Use Google Maps / Streetview to help identify companies, farmland, particular sites etc. 2b) We don’t have any paid-for image resources, (Other than OS maps, GIS), but we do provide our own images to other vendors.  I’ve used the Google reverse image search to identify the origin of a picture, and check who else is using an image: Upload image to Google image search. Option to find similar/same image. I’ve used it to identify the source of an image, identify unknown object, find out who else is using my photo, etc
  • @sarahlmasters surely Creative Commons is the obvious fair usage site for images, although some results are a little bizarre!
  • @Annie_Bobv I haven’t used it in a while but Gliffy was good for making flowcharts and diagrams
  • @agentk23    http://t.co/TNke7AWdta not the one I used before but there are websites to generate colour schemes from photos


Q3. Do you provide training for users in finding free-to-use visual resources online?

  • @Annie_Bob  Not face-to-face training but we’ve done blog posts on various resources
  • @LibrarySherpa Not formal training, per se, but will assist if asked.
  • @AgentK23 No formal training, but I’ve guided users to Flickr for images and explained Creative Commons
  • @Kosjanka Inforgraphics are hugely popular in my workplace at the moment, images for compelling comms, etc. Am putting together guide.  We’ve just held our conference, and infographics was one of the most popular sessions. (Although I wasn’t there!) We don’t provide formal training, but point people to resources when asked. Guide will supplement this. [Guide is for]  finding quality free images (along with copyright issues, and finding images in our own image bank).
    • @uklibchat Do you catalogue them?
    • @Kosjanka Yes, if they are produced as an ‘output’ to an enquiry, they are added to our institutional repository. (We use ContentDM)
    • @sarahlmasters I love infographics, not created any myself, although have used Smore to create online posters. Here is my experiment with Smore online posters http://t.co/94C4H9THbo
  • @LibraryWeb  is certainly an information literacy subject


Q4. Do you provide advice for users in understanding image copyright?

  • @Kosjanka  We also provide guidance on the IP / copyright aspects of using third party maps, images. We provide advice/guidance on using images, neg licenses for third party images/maps and license use of our own images. We include standard, basic copyright information/advice in all training that we provide, but no standalone training.
  • @AgentK23  We don’t have any training sessions on copyright , although we might do in the future. Be useful for academics I think
  • @shivguinn Would be good, copyright is very murky #uklibchat
  • @s3library We include it in our copyright workshops but mainly get individual queries


Q5. What visual resource do you wish were available that isn’t?

  • @LibraryWeb a map that draws the geographical areas that a public library serves (i.e., viz next nearest library) + change over time. Could be tied into census data
  • @AgentK23  I would love a detailed fashion database, especially historical for China, or big patterns database (for free). A resource that could take a look at an image of clothing and identify all the details era/fabric/style
  • @spoontragedy It would be cool if you could search something like Streetview using images- eg search for a building


Q6. Is searching by existing images or colour or texture, rather than subject terms, just a gimmick?

  • @AgentK23 I can see there being a possible medical use?


Q7. Are paid for image, video or audio databases, such as JISC MediaHub or Bridgeman Education well used, and by who

  • @spoontragedy In public libraries that I worked in the paid for Oxford Art Online database was not well used. I did see the raw stats several times. It was accessed less than 20 x per month in a big borough w 14 libraries. It was the second least well used of our online databases/resources. The most well used is Theory Test Pro- 500+ uses/month
    • @sarahcchilds Why do you think it’s not well used ? Because those kind of images available via Google Image Search
      • Yes, I think Google Images and the fact that it’s just not that relevant to bulk of public library users


Q8. How would compare the structure and indexing of visual resource databases to those of textual databases?

  • @uklibchat We haven’t talked in detail about maps today, but they’re so fascinating. I love museums that use maps to show changes in a city. The recent British Library exhibition on the Mughal Empire projected changes on a map to show expansion and decline.
  • @rugabela  I’ve got plenty of stuff on that… but in Spanish. Trying to sum up is hard. Metadata are quite important and keywords also play an important role. A special skill to “read” images according to their context is required.  Basic but crucial, indexing visual database is complex, esp if you don’t know your audience! Key words according to who? There are thesauri and ISO rules to help avoid these problems. ISO 8601, 639 and 3166. Thesaurus of Graphic Materials: http://t.co/sFlYY0vgDk


List of Visual Resources  (via @agentk23)

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/endfsf  Amsterdam’s National Art Museum. The Rijksmuseum is encouraging the public to share, download, copy, and use its artwork (everything from photography to classic fine art)

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About Ka-Ming

Librarian at a University in London and one of the founding members of uklibchat.wordpress.com Find me @agentk23

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