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Kansas Library Newsletters, Concord Times, Parental Controls, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 8, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Kansas State Library: South Central Kansas Library System Newsletters, 1971-2001. “The newsletters, spanning 30 years, give an historical look at libraries, library staff, supporting community members/volunteers who work together with the shared goal of providing excellent service to their communities through grants, consulting, continuing education and cost-effective support services. There are also many articles on the work of libraries in towns, cities and rural areas.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: The Concord Times is now available on DigitalNC!. “520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond.”

Neowin: Microsoft now lets parents limit how much time their children spend in apps and games. “Limiting the amount of time spent on devices such as smartphones, and specifically within specific apps, has been a feature touted by a few companies over the past year or so. Now, Microsoft is joining the fray with new app and game limits for families, which let parents control how much time children spend using specific apps and games.”

USEFUL STUFF

Online Journalism Blog: A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers). “For a number of years I’ve been using Slack with students on both the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism, and the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University. As a new academic year begins, here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years – whether you are a lecturer considering integrating Slack into your teaching, or a student considering using it in a journalism project.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Advertising Age: Facebook agrees to pay advertisers $40 million over inflated video stats. “Facebook has agreed to pay advertisers $40 million for the inflated video metrics it incorrectly provided, a case that spurred marketers to question the reliability of measurement reports from the social network and led them to demand more safeguards from all digital platforms.” For you and me, a breathtaking amount of money. For Facebook, chump change.

Daily Trust (Nigeria): FG to create nationwide database for MSMEs. “The Federal Government has announced it would soon begin a national database to capture all Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to enhance support towards growing small businesses.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: US government adds Chinese facial recognition firms to entity list. “A total of 28 Chinese organizations have been added to the US government’s ‘entity list,’ including eight tech corporations that specialize in video surveillance, facial recognition and artificial intelligence. The administration has effectively prohibited them from working with and buying from suppliers in the US over human rights concerns. ”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery. “Lidar has transformed the study of ancient civilizations, but maps made with the technology are expensive. Takeshi Inomata found a great one for free.”

Genealogy’s Star: Expanded Commentary on the Rules of Genealogy: Rule Eight. “We seldom think of genealogy as a process but the image above could have as easily been applied to genealogy as to manufacturing or computer programming. It is also intentional that the symbol for infinity is an eight on its side. Genealogical research is never finished.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science. “The Girl Scouts was just a year old when, in 1913, it began awarding badges to young women for electronics and aviation. More than a century later, it is challenging members to aim even higher, with the release this summer of three new space science badges encouraging girls to learn about astronomy and the exploration of other worlds.” Good evening, Internet…

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