How To Find Where An Image Came From


3 Reverse Image Search Tips Worth Trying.

Reverse image search engines search the web using an image and show you where the image appears online.

Reverse image search engines are really really handy if you want to locate the source of an image, track down the content creator, or get information about an image.

I use reverse image searching techniques to find the source of images I have downloaded and can’t remember the specfic website address to credit the source (although I have organised my files to make this easier). Below are my top 3 tips:

  1. The most popular reverse image search engine is Google Images. It is super easy (instructions and video) but the results are variable.

    Images that have been widely used are easy to find, those that haven’t been widely used don’t often come up in the search results.
  2. If you have downloaded Flickr images, the following tip is 99% guaranteed. Flickr images that you have saved on your computer use filenames similar to this: 19650629011_01026f145f_b. The first part of the file name, 19650629011 is the photo id. Knowing the photo id enables you to find the source of any Flickr file by taking the photo id and adding it to the following website address:{photo-id}. For example: shows the source of the image at the top of this post. More Flickr url hacks can be found here.
  3. Tin Eye doesn’t have the same depth as Google Images reverse image searching but it does have the ability to sort the results by date, size etc which I find useful every now and again.

Reverse image searching has a versatile set of other uses,  such as finding the names of unlabelled products, finding recipes from images, or identifying plants and animals. Lifehacker has more clever uses for reverse image searching.

Have you tried reverse image searches?

Create Step-By-Step Video Tutorials For Library Users

Show users how to make the most of the library’s online resources.

CamStudio records all screen and audio activity on your computer and turns it into a high quality video file.

  • Think of CamStudio as a free tool to create step-by-step videos showing how to use a particular piece of software (such as how to search the catalogue) or an online activity (such as how to place a reserve on an item in your library collection).
  • Video files can be saved and uploaded anywhere.
  • While CamStudio does have caption and annotation features it doesn’t offer editing tools to enable you to change the video or audio after it has been recorded.

How I Use It

I have used CamStudio to create two videos: one introducing Wheeler’s ebook platform and the second describing how to register for a Library Intelligence course.

I found CamStudio wasn’t easy to get to grips with but the (long and detailed) tutorial video explained everything I needed to know. The most difficult part of the process is deciding what to say and getting the audio to match what is happening on the screen. It does take a bit of practice!

While CamStudio does include captioning and annotation tools I find Youtube Video Editor is much quicker and easier for any post-production activities.

Have you tried creating tutorial-type videos? What tools did you use?

Scheduling Meetings Is A Doddle With Doodle

Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else.

  • You choose a range of dates and times that work for you then create a Doodle Poll and invite others to indicate their availability for these times.
  • Doodle eliminates all the backwards and forwards communication that usually happens when trying to settle on a meeting date.
  • Doodle is free and doesn’t require registration by either the initiator or the participants of a meeting.

How I Use It

I use Doodle to schedule any meetings that involve more than 3 people. It is easier than anything else I’ve used because Doodle makes it easy to suggest over 20 possible meeting times and invite people from different organisations. There is no need to worry about searching diaries and I also don’t need to know whether or not those said diaries are up-to-date.

I find it particularly useful when I am collaborating with others across time zones and we need to find a time that works for everyone because Doodle automatically synchronises with the user’s time zone and I don’t need to worry about whether my calculations are correct.

If you haven’t settled on the date for your Christmas function yet, try Doodle.

Where I Find Free Images, Icons And Fonts

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Last week I mentioned how I use PowerPoint to create simple videos, reading maps, digital magazines and flyers. This week I thought I would share with you my top three sites for images, icons and fonts.

I prefer to use public domain images, icons and fonts as there is a wealth of freaking awesome content being made available. Having said that, it is not always possible to find suitable public domain content and therefore my backup is to use content licensed for reuse with Creative Commons’ licences.

Top 3 Image Sites

  1. Pixabay – huge collection of public domain stock-like images. Searching can be a bit hit and miss.
  2. Flickr (no known copyright restrictions) – ginormous variety of images and illustrations. I set the filter to ‘no known copyright restrictions’. Warning: It is very easy to get lost down the rabbit hole.
  3. Unsplash – beautiful nature inspired public domain images.

Top 3 Icon Sites

  1. Freepik – take care when searching as both free and non-free icons appear in search results.
  2. Iconmnstr – A small collection that is free to use without attribution.
  3. Flaticon – I like the packs as it is easy to download icons of a similar style and theme. They do require attribution though.

Top 3 Font Sites

  1. 1001Fonts – has the ability to select only fonts that are free for commercial use, and you can preview your text to see what it looks like in a particular font before downloading it.
  2. FontSquirrel – similar to 1001Fonts, but not as easy to search.
  3. Free fonts on Behance – some fonts require you to pay for them with a tweet or email address before they can be downloaded.

What are your go-to sites for images, icons and fonts?

4 Creative PowerPoint Uses You Probably Haven’t Tried

SplitShire-1270Have you used PowerPoint for anything other than sucky presentations?


I am sure you have heard of Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation software so I won’t explain it to you. You have probably also experienced death by PowerPoint
but what if you want to do better?

In addition to using PowerPoint to create presentation slides I also use PowerPoint to create simple videos, reading maps, digital magazines and flyers. PowerPoint has three advantages over other design tools like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign.

  1. PowerPoint is simpler and easier to use. If you’re already using PowerPoint to create slides the learning curve to create other items isn’t that great in comparison to learning something like Photoshop from scratch.
  2. PowerPoint is on nearly every work computer so it is likely that you already have access to it and can quietly explore it at your leisure.
  3. PowerPoint also means you can share your work with colleagues without worrying about whether they have the same software to open it with.

Below are some examples of what I have created with PowerPoint (no other software was used).

Test Your Digital Literacy Fluency

Digital Literacy - A Library Manager's Guide



Become A Better Subject Matter Expert With


Create a page to share your interests with others


  • Think of as a newspaper where you get to choose the stories you want to share with others.
  • is based around what they call Topics.  A Topic is the page that is automatically generated for you based on your area of interest or expertise. Each Topic is made up of Scoops which are essentially the articles that make up the content of your Topic.
  • also makes it easy to share your scoops on other social media platforms including blogs.

How I Use It

To say I use is not the whole truth. I barely make a mark on the surface of and use only 0.1% of what it offers. Largely because I feel it is ‘another’ tool that might or might not be better than what I currently use and I can’t figure out whether it is or it isn’t.

What I do use it for (and find it very valuable) is as an alert service similar to what I use Google Alerts for. In fact I set up a account at the same time as I set up a Google Alert for digital literacy because I wanted to see how different (or similiar) the content was.

What I have found is that has a broader international scope in comparison to Google Alerts and tends to feature content from youtube, twitter and blogs whereas Google Alerts captures New Zealand content much better. There are overlaps but not enough to warrant one over the other.

How Others Use It

  1. Deakin University Library uses with the Business and Law Faculty.
  2. John Shank uses to share information about blended librarianship.
  3. The University of San Fransisco uses to track their hashtags.
  4. Trudy Raymakers uses to collect ideas for libraries from libraries all over the world.

I would really like to use the full benefits of but struggle to figure out how this might have a greater impact than what I am already doing. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them.

Stay Current With Subjects Of Interest To You


Use Google Alerts to keep up to date

Google Alerts monitors the web and sends you an email notification when Google finds new results on a topic that interests you.

  • Think of it as a selection of interesting content (that you define) from familiar and far-flung places on the web.
  • You can choose how often (as-it-happens, daily or weekly) you want to receive an email. There are also several other customisation options such as region, language and sources.
  • It is easy to sharing content from a Google Alert on other platforms.

How I Use It

I have Google Alerts for:

  • digital literacy
  • my name (several spelling variations)
  • my business and
  • libraries zealand

There are plenty of tools available for keeping up-to-date through email digests, which ones do you use?