The death of slides?

12 10 2010

Yesterday I wanted to gather some statistics about slide usage in UK universities, to compare with the United States information covered in many issues of the Visual Resources Association journal.

As a mini-follow-up to the Digital Picture survey (2005), I have sent out a much smaller questionnaire aimed more directly at Slide Librarians, Image Librarians, and Visual Resource Curators:

Q.1. Job Title/Institution Name

Q.2. What has happened to your slide collection in the last five years? e.g. down-sized/expanded, digitised or replaced by new digital image collections, decrease in useage or increase in useage, disappeared, or the management subsumed into a small part of other activities, preserved, or in process of any of the above?

Q.3. Are you still making new slides, is this only by special request? is this still supported within your institution?

Q.4. Does your institution still support those who wish to give slide lectures e.g. by providing the equipment (presumably until it can no longer be repaired)? Or has all equipment been removed?

Q.5. How reliant is the future of the existing slide collection on the DACS licence negotiations? and/or what do you predict for the future?

One of the most sobering comments from questionnaire respondents so far:

at a recent library induction a student asked ‘what is a slide?’

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Thoughts on Flickr

6 10 2010

The results of the survey, and anecdotal comments received, acknowledge the role of Web 2.0 and other technologies in providing presentation interfaces.

One choice could be to use Flickr to create either a private or public collection of images that can be dipped into, organised in groups, and form a teaching tool.

This approach is not without its problems though, as JISC Digital Media point out, it is wise to back-up your data elsewhere rather than rely completely on an externally hosted Web site.

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