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, … Continue reading Google Street Art Project: More than Graffiti
Check 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 … Continue reading LIFE Magazine Photo Archive
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.
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 … Continue reading Leonard Pitts responds to article:”Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
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 … Continue reading Where is the truth?
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 … Continue reading Is Google Making Us Stupid?
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 … Continue reading Google – White Bread for the Mind?
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 … Continue reading Information Seeking Behavior of the “Google Generation”
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.
Faculty 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. … Continue reading Where Google and Libraries Meet: Searching Library Collections through Google Scholar