Google Street Art Project: More than Graffiti

Icy and Sot mural archived in the Google Street Art Project. Image via Business Insider.
Icy and Sot mural archived in the Google Street Art Project. Image via Business Insider.

Think art can only be found in museums? Think again!

The Google Street Art Project showcases and preserves dynamic outdoor art from around the world.

See the outsider art—much of it illegal—before it disappears.

The Google Street Art Project allows users to:

  • Locate outdoor art in the wild with Google map integration
  • Search by map, artist or collection. (Museums have contributed images too!)
  • Get closer to the art with HD views
  • Spot street art and share it with the Google community

Want to learn more about street art and graffiti? Check out these additional library resources.

Art in the Streets by Jeffrey Deitch
Exit Through the Gift Shop (DVD) Oscar-nominated documentary about Banksy
The world atlas of street art and graffiti by Rafael Schacter

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive

apollo11Check out the newly digitized LIFE Photo Archive, a joint effort of LIFE and Google.  Search millions of photographs dating back to the 1750s to the present.  Most of these photos were never before published by LIFE and cover a plethora of people, places, events, sports, and culture throughout history.

Search tip:  When using Google Image Search, add the field limit – source:life after your search terms to search only the LIFE photo archive.
Example:  apollo 11 source:life

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.

Leonard Pitts responds to article:”Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

Our 6/11/08 blog post, provides a link to the article, Is Google Making us Stupid?, from the July/August issue of Atlantic Monthly.  The author, Nicholas Carr, addresses the profound neurological changes Internet technology is bringing about in how we process information. Recently, nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts commented on this article. Click here, to read his thoughts.  Do you agree? Please post your comments on our blog!

Where is the truth?

In a recent Washington Post article, Hesse addresses the question – What happens to the concepts of truth and knowledge in a user-generated world of information saturation?  The article examines the interesting ways students go about doing research and, more often than not, select resources based on their beliefs or opinions rather than facts. To review the article, click here.  What are your thoughts on issues addressed in this article?  Feel free to post your comments our our blog. 

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

In a recent Atlantic Monthly article, Carr expresses concern that the Internet is affecting the way we read and think.  In this Internet Age of efficiency and immediacy, Carr believes we have become more easily distracted and are losing our concentration and ability to read any more than a few paragraphs or bytes of information.  What are your thoughts regarding the ideas expressed in this article?  Feel free to post your comments on our blog.

Google – White Bread for the Mind?

In a recent Times Online article, Tara Brabazon, a professor at the University of Brighton, calls Google “white bread for the mind.”  Brabazon “believes that easy access to information has dulled students’ sense of curiosity and is stifling debate. She claims that many undergraduates arrive at university unable to discriminate between anecdotal and unsubstantiated material posted on the internet.”  Brabazon also states, “We need to teach our students the interpretative skills first before we teach them the technological skills. Students must be trained to be dynamic and critical thinkers rather than drifting to the first site returned through Google.”  Brabazon’s students are banned from using Wikipedia or Google for research in their Freshman year. 

Magnus Linklater, a columnist for The Times, provides a counter argument in a Times Online article, accusing Brabazon of snobbery as he states “Curiosity, it seems, can only be stimulated by trawling library shelves or by shelling out substantial amounts of money.”

Who’s argument do you agree with?  Please post your comments and let us know what you think. 

Information Seeking Behavior of the “Google Generation”

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article summarizes the findings of a British study conducted by the Joint Information Systems Committee that studied the information seeking habits of those born after 1993.  Some of the key highlights of this report:

  • Young people don’t develop good search strategies to find quality information.
  • They might find information on the Internet quickly, but they don’t know how to evaluate the quality of what they find.
  • They don’t understand what the Internet really is: a vast network with many different content providers.

The report also addresses the implications and challenges for the future role of libraries and librarians.  To review the full report, click here.  Please post your comments and let us know what you think.

Google, Inc. revs up D.C. lobbyist staff

This article offers some thought-provoking forecasts for Google’s new ventures in telecom:

Auletta, Ken. The Search Party: Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics. The New Yorker. January 14, 2008.

Where Google and Libraries Meet: Searching Library Collections through Google Scholar

googlescholar.jpgFaculty and librarians alike have been observing the ever expanding roles of Google in the research and intellectual field with mixed feelings.  It has become an undisputable fact that Google has become a convenient first stop for many information seekers and researchers.  Libraries are facing the challenge of staying relevant in the open web world.  To meet the challenge, libraries have taken the strategy of collaborating with Google.   You can now search and view some of our library collections through Google Scholar.  To learn how, please check out our handout at . 

To learn more about the collaboration and integration between Google and libraries, please listen to the analysis from Jenny Walker, Corporate vice-president of Ex Libris:  Where Google and Libraries Meet at