Instagram for InstaCredit?

ImageThe library is proud to introduce the new and improved Library Scavenger hunt! The Library Scavenger hunt is a great activity for your class that incorporates technology, information literacy modules, and a library orientation all in one fun session.

Students working in teams search for library resources and post their answers, with a few selfies along the way, on Instagram.  Back in the library classroom, teams present their answers and are scored for accuracy.

We are excited to offer this activity to your classes.  The activity can be scheduled for 50-75 minutes depending on your time frame.

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to schedule a Scavenger Hunt for your class!

Snopes for Images: @PicPedant

Pyramids and the Milky Way?

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Image from @PicPedant


No, not really.

How do you know the image you are viewing is a real photograph and not a computer-generated image?


Never fear, the attribution angel is here!


@PicPedant takes images found online—often from reblogging sites like BuzzFeed and Tumblr— finds the original author and attributes them.

Through the process of finding the original source, he often discovers that the photographs are actually paintings, drawings or Photoshop mashups.

Librarian Jessamyn West explains about how @PicPedant’s work matters in her blog post “Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web.”

…as more and more people just presume the search engine and the “hive mind” approach to this sort of thing results in the correct answer, it’s good to have handy counterexamples to explain why we still need human eyeballs even as “everything” is on the web.

What does that mean for you?

Look and think critically about the images you see online. If that castle on top of a floating rock looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Attribution is important, including creative commons licensed images. Take the time to find the original and give the artist credit.

If you fake it, say it! If you copy it, attribute it! @PicPedant is watching you.

More information

Exposed Interview: Paulo Ordoveza of @PicPedant

Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web

Article: [citation needed] by jessamyn west in Computers in Libraries. Find the current article through the library’s subscription to Academic Search Complete (citation below).

west, j. (2014). Practical Technology. [citation needed]. Computers In Libraries, 34(4), 25-26.

Subscribe to us via RSS!

rssThough it’s not new that you can subscribe to our blog via your favorite RSS Feed Reader, we’ve just added a button on the right hand side navigation to make it easier.  To subscribe, just click the orange ‘rss’ icon to the right, where it says ‘Subscribe to our blog’. 

For a list of user recommended feed readers, check out this article on the blog Lifehacker:

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White House meets Web 2.0

Barack ObamaFollowing on the heels of our new Facebook page, we thought we’d take a moment to discuss the impact of social networking and other web 2.0 elements in today’s political landscape.

No matter who you supported in this year’s election, one thing was for sure: technology played a big part. President-Elect Obama’s embrace of latest technology not only energized and expanded his youthful base, but also allowed a lot more people to participate in a campaign than ever before, from fundraising to following the Obamas in photographs.  Making use of his own social networking site MyBarackObama, Mr. Obama allowed people to raise and donate money, create events, and even print lists of people in their area to visit or call during the campaigning.  Mr. Obama also used various websites to reach out to the public, including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and so on.  In embracing new technologies, Mr. Obama proved that, like Roosevelt’s radio addresses and Kennedy’s television performances before him, he (or she) that accepts and utilizes new technologies will only be better and stronger for it. 

Now that he’s been elected, what next? Once again, technology comes to the forefront.  People all over the world can see Mr. Obama’s intended plan for various topics on his new website:  People can also suggest ideas and submit their vision for America.  One notable change from previous administrations is Mr. Obama’s intent on appointing a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) whose job it will be “to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century“.  The details of this position are still a bit foggy, but at the rate technology is increasing these days, this is a position that will likely be much-needed.

For more information on the role of technology in this campaign, see:

Become our fan on Facebook!

Facebook LogoIf you have a Facebook account, you might be interested in adding us to your fan pages.  You can see who else thinks we’re great as well as see and post photos, be notified of upcoming events, search for items in our catalog via WorldCat, and more. Feel free to start discussions, and be sure to check out our latest events!

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Technology – Something to fear?

In a recent NYT article, Techonology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down.  It Frees our Minds, Damon Darlin gives his thoughts on how technology has changed our lives. Click here to read the full article.  What technologies do you view as beneficial or a hindrance to our busy lives.  Feel free to post your comments.

More views on students’ use of Wikipedia

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article notes one professor’s use of Wikipedia in the classroom and includes readers’ comments.  To read University of Texas professor, David Parry’s article on Wikipedia and the New Curriculum, click here.  Post your comments to let us know what you think about Wikipedia use in the classroom.

Search WorldCat from Facebook or Anywhere on the Web


Books, videos, downloadable audiobooks . . . if it’s in a library near you, these plug-ins let you find it in WorldCat no matter where you are on the Web. 

The Facebook Application gives you access to WorldCat searches and user-created lists from personalized pages within your Facebook account. The application includes a Home screen with WorldCat search box, as well as quick links to WorldCat searches based on topics listed in your Facebook profile as personal interests.

The application includes a:

  • built-in, advanced WorldCat search.
  • panel that allows users to invite other Facebook friends to install WorldCat.
  • Something to Read panel that displays books recently added to WorldCat lists.
  • Favorite WorldCat Lists panel where users track their own lists or those of other WorldCat users.

You can also search WorldCat from anywhere on the web using browser plug-ins for both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Click here for details.