“US Fish and Wildlife Service National Image Library”
US Fish and Wildlife Service National Image Library
Dec 3, 2011
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Image Library is a comprehensive collection of photos, documents, tutorials, learning modules and fact sheets. The library includes a search engine and is divided into twelve areas of inquiry for easier navigation, with each resource area following the same basic organizational format.
- Type of Material:
- The National Image Library contains resource material in the form of photos as well as downloadable documents, fact sheets, species status reports and oral histories (as transcripts).
- Recommended Uses:
- The material in the National Image Library can be used to enhance classroom presentations, as discussion assignments, or out-of-class assignments.
- Technical Requirements:
- The main site uses HTML/Text, although specific resources are provided in various formats including .jpg .pdf, and .flv, depending on what type of materials are needed.
- Identify Major Learning Goals:
- This site is a resource for educators seeking material to supplement existing coursework.
- Target Student Population:
- The material is appropriate for high school and undergraduate students. Some elements of the site (photos) may even be appropriate for younger students - depending upon the presentation content.
- Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
- There are no prerequisites for this site, although some appreciation and knowledge wildlife biology will help in understanding what is presented.
- The information is a comprehensive survey of what may be studied in wildlife biology
- Content quality is generally strong
- Most of the images are good quality, many of the videos are also very good
- Each section contains a great deal of additional material in the form of species recovery plans, histories, biographies, etc.
- Some rare or hard-to-find images and videos are provided
- Images, videos, and audio files are appropriately categorized
- Some of the transcribed interviews and other written formats download without any page formatting, making them difficult to read
- Access to some of the modules is not clear
- Some modules are VHS format - suggesting that they have to be requested from USFWS
- The National Image Library is not structured as a stand-alone learning tool, but rather as a library of supplemental material; in this capacity, its potential as a resource for educators is strong
- This is a good site for getting an idea of what might be seen in nature
- The large collection makes it fun to explore many aspects of wildlife biology
- Most (or perhaps all) of the images and videos are in color
- The materials, and the way they are presented, are not necessarily engaging, but still very straightforward
- Four of the twelve "chapters" at this site contain less that 40 total entries
- "Fish and Habitat Conservation" has only 14 total items available for viewing; as a result, educators seeking specific information in areas such as "Landscape Conservation" (35 items) or "International Affairs" (30 items) may need to search other resources
- Users can specify image, video, audio, or document when searching the collection
- Different aspects of wildlife biology can be browsed
- No defective links or major bugs were found
- Parts of the site could benefit from greater structure; for instance, the "Wildlife Refuges" chapter contains over 3,800 individual items, with no way to sort or prioritize that information except to page through it; most other chapters contain several hundred informational items - with much the same problem
- Other Issues and Comments:
- This is a great resource for wildlife biology
- Creative Commons: