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.
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.
Information (this experiment really is so time-consuming!)
Bibliography (I’m struggling here) – and this is hardly going to raise a smile!
- 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.
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.
E-book – I found a nice animation, but it doesn’t exactly convey the message I’m aiming for!
- 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:-
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!