Category Archives: Animation, cartoons, gifs

Did I Mention GIFs?

Buffer kindly shared a useful article yesterday, which might answer the question I wrestled with in my recent PGCert project:-

The Ultimate Guide to GIFs: How to Create Them, When to Use Them and Why They’re Essential for Every Marketer

So, if students request animation and video in our instructional materials, then I could make GIFs from Screencast-o-Matic videos.  This does need a little thought, however, since I’d be producing them as part of my employed work, rather than as a student in my own time at home.  Nonetheless, I feel a little more optimistic having read this article, so I’ll do a bit of exploration back at work!

There’s also a quick videoclip outlining one approach.  I need to investigate three websites!

  • Canva
  • EZGif
  • Giphy.com

Now, don’t laugh, please! I made my first GIF.  It took literally hours, and has no artistic merit.  However, it IS a giphy gif – my firstborn.  I made a gif describing the legal deposit “lifecyle”of early 19th century music.  How arcane is that?!  And I can get it into Twitter as well!

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If I wanted animation in a webcast

LIGHTEN UP!

One of the responses to my survey suggested lightening up my “learning experience” webcasts with video, cartoons etc.  This is an interesting challenge – animations and cartoons are not in my librarian/postdoctoral researcher/info skills trainer skillset.  So, I thought, surely there must be a place where I can download gifs, so I can use them sparingly to engage my library-user audience.

THE EXPERIMENT

But where? I started with Giphy.  Supposing I was going to do the referencing and citation webcast again with some animation included.  What would I need?  Cue for some keyword searching.  How would Giphy handle terms like this?  I would want my gifs to have a uniformity of style, for preference, and I’d want them to inform or at least illustrate appropriately

Library (this is from UCL Institute of Education). The poor chap makes me feel stressed just  watching him!  I could use the same gif to illustrate Studying.  It’s animated, but I don’t personally feel it adds very much to the kind of presentation I’m aiming for.

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Information (this experiment really is so time-consuming!)

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Bibliography (I’m struggling here) – and this is hardly going to raise a smile!

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  • Harvard style – not a good search term! Try Harvard style referencing.  Harvard referencing? Harvard citation? No.  Referencing? Nope!

Citation. Actually, this gif – which came up as one of the most relevant – is ironically more relevant than it seems.  There aren’t any gifs which represent bibliographic referencing or citation in any way, lighthearted or otherwise.  giphy (5).gif

Bibliographic software.  It seems I can have ‘software’, but not the bibliographic kind. Better than nothing, I guess!  On the other hand, oh yes, HALLELUJAH! I can have a Mendeley gif.  Biased, but perfect!

Now let’s try the webcast about using e-books and e-journals.

Electronic resources   giphy

E-book – I found a nice animation, but it doesn’t exactly convey the message I’m aiming for!  giphy (8)

  • E-journal, Electronic journal? Not a chance of a suitable gif!

Shibboleth (two results, absolutely no connection with e-resources) / authentication.  I simply have to share this – it’s so very daft! but there’s nothing relevant:-  giphy (9)

CONCLUSION

It takes a very long time to source gifs that are even remotely appropriate, so maybe I need to keep looking.  I possess a lot of dogged determination, but if I was aiming for, say, even six animated screencasts, then it would take me arguably more working time than I can afford.

There is, of course, one more thing to try.  I can ask the community on Twitter and ResearchGate.  Here goes!

TOMORROW’S EXPERIMENT: GOOGLE IMAGES

Googling images using Google tools to select animations, might be useful.  I’ve just tried it for ‘library education’ with hopeful results.  But I’m not doing any more right now!