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Artstor shares more than a million images @ library.artstor.com

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I am an unabashed lover of the Artstor database and I was thrilled to discover a recent Artstor blog announcement sharing that more that one million images, videos, documents, and audio files from public institutional collections are now freely available without a login. You don’t need to be a subscriber. Simply visit http://library.artstor.com .  All this lovely new discoverability […]

LOC introduces its Story Maps

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Around a month ago, the Library of Congress announced new curatorial strategies for interactive storytelling around its diverse collections with its Story Maps. The stories offer users engaging ways to access these collections and leverage data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a new story platform created by ESRI a corporate leader in the areas of […]

WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp)

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Your student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women. Posters were selected for their powerful and empathetic artwork drawn by real […]

On wrapping it up with a meme: reflecting on the semester

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Each semester I ask my Search and the Information Landscape sections to reflect on their learning by thinking about it figuratively and metaphorically, visualizing the landscape and their place in it. This year, I added the option of a meme to the visualization menu. I wonder what would happen if you asked your students to wrap […]

The Noun Project, impressively integrated

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The Noun Project and I go way back.  It’s been my go-to icon-finder for creating infographics and presentations and for online course building. Launched as a Kickstarter in 2010, the site catalogs a huge array of symbols (over a million!) created by designers around the world. Artists agree to select either a public domain mark or a […]

Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images

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If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of […]

Thinking about Google Arts and Culture’s “Is your portrait in a museum?”

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You may remember that the Google Arts and Culture App was selected as an AASL Best App for 2017. The app’s new “Is your portrait in a museum?” feature uses facial recognition to connect your own selected selfie to a Google Arts and Culture doppelganger, a look-alike from among its millions of collected portraits. Introduced quietly […]

Google AutoDraw

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What Auto-Tune does for singers, Google’s AutoDraw AI experiment now does for those of us with limited visual talent. I’ve just discovered this handy tool and considering its power in demonstrating AI, as well as its affordances for so many everyday tasks. AutoDraw got its start as Quick Draw  a Google game/experiment in which when you drew on your […]

New Creative Commons image search in beta

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I am a little late to the table in discovering Creative Commons’ new search tool.  But if you are late like me, you’ll want to update your links to include this important resource. Creative Commons, of course, offers alternate copyright licenses that allow creators to decide how and if they want their work to be attributed, […]