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WWOZ, Texas History, Michelson Cinema Research Library, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 17, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Gambit: Community radio station WWOZ marks its 40th anniversary. “During the pandemic, WWOZ has also broadcast full sets recorded at local festivals and clubs. When the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was pre-empted in spring, WWOZ, whose license is held by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, broadcast past sets during what would have been eight days of festival hours. ‘Festing in Place’ was born, but it also happened during a time when the station quietly launched Groovapedia, a searchable online archive of videos, interviews, music recordings, photos and more.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas Library and Archives Foundation Launches New Website and Online Book Store. “The new website includes a selection of Texas Treasures from the State Archives, such as the 1836, Texas Declaration of Independence, one of the first designs for the Lone Star Flag, William Barrett Travis’s famous letter from the Alamo, and a selection of historic photographs, newspapers, publications, maps, and documents. A variety of free research opportunities can be found at TSLAC, including not only library and archival collections, but also more than 75,000 photographs, vital statistic indexes, county tax rolls and records, city directories, historic newspapers, free access to online genealogy research sites such as Ancestry.com for Texas residents, and much more.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Internet Archive: After Searching for a Decade, Legendary Hollywood Research Library Finds a New Home. “For 50 years in Hollywood, generations of filmmakers would beat a path to the Michelson Cinema Research Library, where renowned film researcher Lillian Michelson could hunt down the answer to just about any question. She was the human card catalogue to a library of more than one million books, photos, periodicals and clippings. But ever since Lillian retired a decade ago, the Michelson Cinema Research Library has been languishing in cold storage, looking for a home. Today it has found one. Lillian Michelson, 92, announced that she is donating her library and life’s work to the Internet Archive. For its part, the nonprofit digital library vows to preserve her collection for the long-term and digitize as much of it as possible, making it accessible to the world.”

CNET: Twitter restores retweet functionality after effort to curb misinformation. “Twitter said Wednesday it will restore traditional retweet functionality after a months-long experiment to limit the spread of misinformation on the platform ahead of the US election last month. Twitter said in October it would prompt users to add a comment to a tweet if they tried to retweet. Users could still retweet if they didn’t add their own remarks, a practice known a quote tweeting.”

USEFUL STUFF

BetaNews: The best password managers 2021. “Using unique passwords is essential for keeping documents, data and accounts safe. However, it can be hard to remember them all. Using password managers is the ideal solution for keeping everything organized. Now that the new year is nearly upon us, it’s time to take a look at the best password managers for 2021.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TVO: ‘One fire away’: Why Ontario communities are digitizing their newspapers. “In the spring of 2017, Allan J. MacDonald set out to preserve fragile copies of Glengarry County’s newspapers in a more permanent location: the internet. With 25 years of experience at the Archives of Ontario behind him, MacDonald had the right skills for the delicate task. So, nearly a decade into his retirement, he tackled the job as Glengarry’s county archivist — a volunteer role.”

Calvert Journal: On the ball: the polka dot toy that entertained a nation. “Instagram and Facebook account @mingearosie explores Romania’s recent past via the photographs of one ubiquitous toy: a red ball with white polka dots.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ABC News: Voter registration data for 113K Alaskans exposed in breach. “The breach affected about 113,000 Alaskans who had used the online voter registration system within the past five years to change some detail, such as an address or party affiliation, he said. That system went online in 2015.”

Harvard Law Today: Online courts: reimagining the future of justice. “Even if there was no COVID-19, online courts would still be the wave of the future. This idea was the starting point for a recent webinar, ‘Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar,’ during which experts from the United States and the United Kingdom examined future prospects for online litigation, and its successes and failures to date.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

BuzzFeed News: In 2020, Disinformation Broke The US. “Disinformation and its fallout have defined 2020, the year of the infodemic. Month after month, self-serving social media companies have let corrosive manipulators out for dollars, votes, and clicks vie for attention, no matter the damage.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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