Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Mini-Lesson on Citing Images and Online Ethics

When I first started in this profession, I established several important rules for myself when presenting library lessons to high school students.

  • Rule #1-Never speak for more than 10 or 15 minutes
  • Rule #2-Always focus on a few useful ideas or tools for the assignment in front of students as opposed to general library skills
  • Rule #3-Start with the 'Why' before going on to the 'How

These rules have always served me well, as I generally see a minimum number of glazed eyes, and often get genuine applause or appreciation at the end of my short talks. 

The topic of this lesson is citing images. Following the above rules, I began this presentation with a story about a picture in National Geographic and showed a 2 minute video from YouTube about how the image was captured. In this case, the photographer spent over a year getting the pictures he wanted of a mountain lion in the vicinity of Los Angeles. The message is very easy to understand; if a photographer spend that much time, money and effort on capturing an image, it is only fair to give that person credit. 

The remainder of the presentation consists of:
  • Definite 'nos' of using images
  • Brief treatment of copyright and creative commons license
  • Practical methods for using Flikr and Google Image search to locate images that may be used in presentations
So here is the Slideshare. It may be downloaded and modified for re-use. 

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