Close Encounters of the Third KindImage Reference and Instruction for Film Studies<br />Emilee Mathews      Indiana Univer...
Film Studies<br />Studies the artform of film<br />Related to English, theater, and communications<br />Relation to art hi...
Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: Do you use images for teaching, presenting, or for evidence in resear...
Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: When you try to find images, are you looking for a specific image (su...
Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: What platforms have you used to procure images for your schoolwork? C...
Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question:Have you had instruction from the library or from your professors in a...
Respondents’ Subdepartments of Communication and Culture (CMCL) at Indiana University<br />Survey question: What is your a...
Survey question: Are you a Master’s or PhD student? Also, what year are you in your studies?<br />Level of coursework<br /...
Respondents’ Areas of Research<br />“The use of moving pictures in early cinema circa 1900. Early adoption of computer tec...
Frequency of Image Use<br />Survey question: Do you use images in your research?<br />
Purpose of Images in Scholarship<br />“Because it is such a visual genre…film stills… are really important.”<br />“Visible...
Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“Mainly, accessibility (or lack thereof) and trying not to use the same 10 or 12 images...
Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“Honestly, I don't fully understand the copyright and fair use rules for image use in m...
Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“…low image quality from image capture of motion pictures (which I can only do as a scr...
“conversion of image files to standardized publish-ready images”<br />“I would like information about all of these topics!...
Literature Review<br />The User:<br />	 Barrett, Andy. "The Information-Seeking Habits of 	Graduate 	Student Researchers i...
Literature Review<br />The resources:	<br />	Allen, Michelle, Jessica Gardner, Helen Hanson, and Dominic Prosser. “E-learn...
Literature Review<br />Fair Use:<br />	Thompson, Kristin. “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Society For Cinema Studie...
Relevant links<br />For the blog:<br />http://filmstillsresources.blog.com<br />To look more closely at the survey results...
Acknowledgments<br />I would like to thank the following Indiana University librarians for their advice and support:<br />...
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Image Reference and Instruction for Film Studies

  1. 1. Close Encounters of the Third KindImage Reference and Instruction for Film Studies<br />Emilee Mathews Indiana University <br />
  2. 2. Film Studies<br />Studies the artform of film<br />Related to English, theater, and communications<br />Relation to art history, as a primarily visual art form<br />Film stills<br />Image reference<br /> Close Encounters of the Third Kind, publicity photo<br />
  3. 3. Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: Do you use images for teaching, presenting, or for evidence in research papers?<br />
  4. 4. Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: When you try to find images, are you looking for a specific image (such as a specific artwork) or a generalized depiction or concept?<br />
  5. 5. Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question: What platforms have you used to procure images for your schoolwork? Check all that apply:<br />
  6. 6. Interdisciplinary survey, 2010<br />Survey Question:Have you had instruction from the library or from your professors in available image resources and how to use these resources?<br />
  7. 7. Respondents’ Subdepartments of Communication and Culture (CMCL) at Indiana University<br />Survey question: What is your area of study within Communication and Culture?<br />
  8. 8. Survey question: Are you a Master’s or PhD student? Also, what year are you in your studies?<br />Level of coursework<br />Average: 8.4 years<br />
  9. 9. Respondents’ Areas of Research<br />“The use of moving pictures in early cinema circa 1900. Early adoption of computer technology by experimental filmmakers/video artists in the early 70s.”<br />“audience reception and use of media, particularly film stars”<br />“…city space, technology, and masculinity within the action film genre…Historical image archives would be extremely helpful for this...”<br />“Audience and fan studies; star studies, focusing on silent-era stars; cultural memory; pop music; queer studies”<br />“…media, celebrity, and the ‘obesity crisis.’”<br />“Shakespeare and youth culture, particularly through film and online media”<br />“experimental cinema, home movies”<br />
  10. 10. Frequency of Image Use<br />Survey question: Do you use images in your research?<br />
  11. 11. Purpose of Images in Scholarship<br />“Because it is such a visual genre…film stills… are really important.”<br />“Visible evidence of filmic practices. To prove provenance of films.”<br />“…I also use images to discuss "bodies" across different spectra, from gender to the abstractness of visceral action to reception and consumption of those body images.”<br />“Often used to illustrate a specific point; serve as evidence of continuation of some kind of star image or persona replicating over time”<br />“Close readings of images as well as context for larger arguments”<br />Survey question: How do you use these images? What kinds of evidence do they provide?<br />
  12. 12. Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“Mainly, accessibility (or lack thereof) and trying not to use the same 10 or 12 images that appear everywhere online. Trying to get image captures from online video.”<br />“Often the photos are removed from newspaper articles due to copyright. My areas of research are often not scanned or easily locatable online.”<br />“I work with a lot of very recent media, so sometimes it's difficult to find or make stills.”<br />“…images on databases tend to be pretty standard, not the fringier stuff I tend to need, in terms of pop culture and popular genres.”<br />Survey question: What are some of the problems you encounter when using images for your research? <br />
  13. 13. Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“Honestly, I don't fully understand the copyright and fair use rules for image use in my writing; I'd like to incorporate more images into my writing, but I'm never entirely sure whether film stills or other images are legally fair game or not”<br />“--Having to get rights to reproduce --Fees involved with this --Finding images in other places that online; finding images that haven't been reproduced hundreds of times already…”<br />“copyrights”<br />Survey question: What are some of the problems you encounter when using images for your research? <br />
  14. 14. Problems with Image Retrieval<br />“…low image quality from image capture of motion pictures (which I can only do as a screen shot)…”<br />“Main problem is converting screen grabs to proper publishing formats (dpi, resolution, size, etc.).”<br />Survey question: What are some of the problems you encounter when using images for your research? <br />
  15. 15. “conversion of image files to standardized publish-ready images”<br />“I would like information about all of these topics!”<br />Survey question: Which of the following instruction topics would be most useful to you in your research? <br />Most useful topics for the blog<br />
  16. 16. Literature Review<br />The User:<br /> Barrett, Andy. "The Information-Seeking Habits of Graduate Student Researchers in the Humanities." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 31, no. 4 (July 2005): 324-31. <br />The Librarian:<br /> Wallach, Ruth. “The academic art library in the age of interdisciplinary discourse.” in Amanda Gluibizzi and Paul Glassman, eds. The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship. London: Facet Publishing, 2010. 265-276.<br />
  17. 17. Literature Review<br />The resources: <br /> Allen, Michelle, Jessica Gardner, Helen Hanson, and Dominic Prosser. “E-learning at the University of Exeter Library.” SCONUL Focus 35 (Summer/Autumn 2005): 22-24.<br /> Stephen Bottomore. “Cinema museums—a worldwide list.” Film History 18 (2006): 261-273.<br /> ______. “A Critical View of Some Major Libraries: The Perspective of an Early Cinema Historian.” The Moving Image 4, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 86-110.<br />
  18. 18. Literature Review<br />Fair Use:<br /> Thompson, Kristin. “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Society For Cinema Studies, ‘Fair Usage Publication of Film Stills.’” http://www.cmstudies.org/resource/resmgr/docs/fairusefilmstills.pdf (accessed March 18, 2011).<br />
  19. 19. Relevant links<br />For the blog:<br />http://filmstillsresources.blog.com<br />To look more closely at the survey results:<br />http://emileemathews.weebly.com<br />To contact me:<br />Emilee Mathews<br />mathewse@indiana.edu<br />
  20. 20. Acknowledgments<br />I would like to thank the following Indiana University librarians for their advice and support:<br />Chanitra Bishop<br />Angela Courtney<br />Carrie Donovan<br />Eileen Fry<br />Sherri Michaels<br />David Oldenkamp<br />Tony White<br />

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