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

Snopes for Images: @PicPedant

Pyramids and the Milky Way?

pyramid milky way
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.

NEW: Library Scavenger Hunt

Who says learning only happens in a classroom behind a desk?

The brave students in Diane Coppage’s English 112 class piloted a new style of Information Literacy instruction: Library Scavenger Hunt.

Armed with iPads, a QR reader app and Pinterest, students roamed the library and performed crucial infanswered a variety of questions.

They found books…


…showed off their print cards…

print card

…and library cards…

student id

…met the friendly staff…

high five

armed with information

…and even had time for a team selfie at the end!

group selfie

The Scavenger Hunt covers all of the topics in a Library Basics session, but in a fun, interactive format.

Check out more photos from the Green, Blue and Red Team on Pinterest.

Want to get the full details or schedule a session for your students? Contact us!

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A Dual: Yahoo!Answers vs Wikipedia

Online journal Slate Magazine recently posted an article discussing these two top open forum “reference” sites. Yahoo!Answers is described as “every middle-school teacher’s worst nightmare on the Web” but still remains “the juggernaut in its field.” Why? How does Wikipedia stack up in comparison?

Read this article from Slate Magazine. What do you think?

Wikipedia – Quality or Quantity?

As noted in a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Quality, not quantity, has become Priority No. 1” for Wikipedia.  Which direction do you think Wikipedia should take?

Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?

While the academic world continues the ongoing debate on whether Wikipedia is a reliable reference tool, the History Department at Middlebury College made a decision this past January to ban students from using Wikipedia as a citable source in their papers and exams.  

As  a librarian, I feel that Wikipedia is a great starting point tool to use for a research assignment or paper.  Many Wikipedia articles provide good background information on a topic (especially useful if you are not familiar with a topic).  For further reading on a topic, Wikipedia articles also provide links to other online sources and references to print sources. 

I also think that Wikipedia is a great tool to use for critical thinking assignments.  For example, students can research a particular topic by first going to Wikipedia then verify the facts and information found on Wikipedia by using at least several primary and secondary sources.

For further reading on the Wikipedia debate and how it is used in colleges and universities, take a look at:

What do you think of Wikipedia?  Feel free to comment on this post.