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Publication Date


Journal/Book/Conference Title

Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting

Conference Location

Ypsilanti, MI

Total Pages

8 pages


Introduction: In updating an existing images LibGuide and after the retirement of Hardin MD (a long-standing images project), we decided to create a comprehensive guide that not only provides a variety of sources of health sciences images but also gives users the background knowledge and tools they need to make reasonable decisions about image use in different contexts. The existing guide and similar resources often only advise readers to check the terms and conditions of sources presented.

Objectives: Our goal was to create a source of health science images for faculty, staff, and students that educates them about creative commons licensing, copyright protection, and public domain and how these conditions affect appropriate image use in different situations.

Methods: A Clinical Education Librarian and a Scholarly Communications Librarian are working together to create the guide. We will also use the guide to aid in teaching a face-to-face workshop.

Results: The completed guide will be presented at the October conference. We will discuss the end result, lessons learned in the process of creating it, and feedback and results from teaching with it.


copyright, creative commons, public domain, images, ethical use


Copyright © 2017 Heather Healy and Mahrya Carncross

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