Skip to main content

Making Library Videos: Finding Images

In 2013, my library presented a workshop at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) annual conference.  My bit was called "Using Videos to Promote Your Library."  In case you slept through it, here's a PowerPoint presentation summarizing my part of the discussion.

When creating videos for your library, particularly if you're using photographs or other still images, you need to find a website that offers (ideally) free, share-alike images (i.e., no royalties or fees paid for their use).  There are several from which to browse.  Many also offer free, share-alike videos, music, and sounds, which you may also use in your library videos.

Click Images to Enlarge


Those embedded JPEGs (above) borrowed from my ILF presentation have links, but they're not enabled (i.e., you can't click on them, because they're static images).  So let's reproduce them below.

  • Wikimedia Commons:  This website includes over 39 million images that you may download and use free-of-charge.
  • Flickr Creative Commons:  Hundreds of millions of free images, sounds, and videos are available, with different permission levels for use.
  • Photobucket:  Over 15 billion images from which to select.  This website requires you to register.
  • Creative Commons:  Images, video, and music are shared with various permission levels for use.
  • Free Images.com:  (Formerly, Stock.Xchng.)  Over 390,000 stock photos and illustrations.
  • Public Domain Pictures:  Free public domain images are available.
  • USA.gov:  Free government images and videos are searchable and downloadable.
  • Free Pixels:  Over 6,600 free downloadable images.
  • Vimeo:  Some videos are available to download and use.
Share-alike sites require users to attribute authorship or copyright to the owners of the images, videos, music, or sounds.  Some restrict use to non-commercial use, while others permit commercial applications.

Once you have searched, found, and downloaded your images, you may import them into your video editing software as part of your library video.  Still images may be utilized in a variety of ways, but book trailers are a good illustration.

MPL Book Trailer #197
Kamishibai Man, by Allen Say

Still images are versatile in library videos, because text may be superimposed against the picture to tell the story.  This also works for video clips used alongside still images.


2016 Banned Books Week Promo Trailer,
by Mooresville Public Library

Images alone can convey the desired message, especially when synched with music.



Local History Photograph Collections
(MPL Treasure Trove Video #9)

As you can see from our examples, my library carefully attributes images, videos, and music in the end credits.  We certainly wish to acknowledge the many talented people who have provided us with their invaluable resources with which to craft our videos.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Using the MARC 856 Field for Book Trailers

Book trailers are videos used to promote particular books and encourage patrons to read them. They are comparable to movie trailers as marketing tools.  Book trailers are often posted on dedicated video channels, such as YouTube or Vimeo, or on websites, blogs, or other social media.  At Mooresville Public Library, we place our book trailers on the MPL YouTube Channel, as well as links on our website and social media.
Here's an example of one of our book trailers:
MPL Book Trailer #322 A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
How do patrons discover our book trailers?  A simple Google search (or YouTube search) with the book's title and "book trailer" will retrieve them, along with hundreds of other videos.  Visitors to our website may see our specific web page devoted to videos, or may click links to our YouTube channel or other social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs) that feature our videos.  But these are indirect methods of distributing this type of c…

Making Library Videos: Types of Videos

What types of videos can library staff create?  Nothing is beyond your imagination.  Let's consider a few options.  At my library, we have made videos in the following categories:
Book trailers, which promote particular books;Program trailers, which showcase specific library programs;Promo trailers, which feature certain library events, services, collections, technologies, or other resources;Instructional videos;Local history videos;Music parody videos;Readalouds (of children's books);Singalongs;Children's songs;Puppet shows;Video blogs (vlogs);Readers' advisories;Children's crafts videos (for library programs);Public Service Announcements; andLibrary board reports.Sometimes, a single video may include several of these functions.  Would you like to see some examples?
First, a book trailer.
MPL Book Trailer #366 Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Story, by Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
Next, a program trailer.
Watercolor Painting Program Trailer (2017)…

Using QR Codes to Promote Book Trailers on Book Displays

The ubiquitous book display is a mainstay of traditional collection promotion in public libraries.  How many of these have you made over the years?  Frankly, I've lost count.









Book displays increase item circulation because they attract patrons' attention and provide them with immediate gratification without their having to search for what has caught their interest.  The books are right there; just grab them and head for circulation to check them out.  Nothing could be easier.
But what if the books are carefully wrapped-up (say, for a banned book display, which we did a couple of times), and patrons can't read the back cover descriptions?  For ordinary book displays, is there something more visually engaging that could appeal to patrons than just having to read the book jackets?  That's where book trailers could help "sell" the book. Wouldn't it be nice if patrons could watch the book trailers while they're looking at the books on a display?



Click Images …