LGBTQ Cartoon Characters, Diverse Business West Michigan, State Library of Pennsylvania, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 12, 2021


Business Insider: 259 LGBTQ characters in cartoons that bust the myth that kids can’t handle inclusion. “Insider produced a database to track the historical presence of LGBTQ and gender-minority characters in animated children’s television.”

Grand Rapids Business Journal: The Right Place unveils online database of diverse business owners. “The filterable directory is a database of more than 1,200 minority-, women-, veteran- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses in 13 West Michigan counties, which includes Kent, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Ottawa, Allegan, Newaygo, Mecosta, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, Lake and Osceola counties.”

Pennsylvania Press Room: The State Library Of Pennsylvania Announces New Resource For Pennsylvanians With Disabilities. “Harrisburg, PA – In collaboration with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) today announced the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has changed its name to the Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP) and launched a new, centralized website available to all Pennsylvanians.”


Vancouver Island University: VIU Symposium Examines Intertwined Histories of Gender, Food and Sovereignty. “Vancouver Island University (VIU) scholars and panelists from around the globe are examining how the histories of food and sovereignty are intimately intertwined during a symposium this June. The Food and Sovereignty symposium, hosted virtually by VIU and the journal Gender & History June 17-20, will examine how histories of food and sovereignty have intersected with gender over time.” The keynote speaker is Ozoz Sokoh, creator of the digital library Feast Afrique.


World Council of Churches: WCC digital archive now included in library. “A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.”



PetaPixel: ‘Anti-Social’ Photo App Challenges What Social Media Should Be. “The randomized alarm is sent to every user at the same time (regardless of time zone), meaning most of the photos on the app are captured around the world at that same moment. Once the participants have taken their photos, they are then allotted just sixty seconds to browse their own chronological timeline or that of a random stranger they have been matched with. Once the minute is up, the app shuts down and users have to wait until the next random alarm to be able to use the app again.”

The Conversation: Kapow! Zap! Splat! How comics make sound on the page. “From Wolverine’s SNIKT! when unsheathing his claws, to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in The Death of Stalin (later made into a film) the use of ‘textual audio’ invites comics readers to hear with their eyes. Fundamental elements such as symbols, font styles and onomatopoeia (where words imitate sounds) mean reading comics is a cross-sensory experience. New and old examples show the endless potential of the artform.”

Automotive Industries: Automotive Industries join the iconic collection of motoring publications. “The Motoring Archive is aiming to become the world’s most comprehensive online location of motoring history as told through the lens of the magazines that have told the story from 1895 through to the present day.”


Engadget: NLRB expands its Google complaint for alleged retaliatory dismissals. “The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expanding its complaint against Google to include three additional former employees of the company, according to Recode. When the agency first accused the search giant of illegally firing some of its workers for organizing, it took up the cases of two individuals.”

Roll Call: Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records. “Pentagon leaders are asking Congress to expand the kinds of unclassified information about military operations that the department can withhold from the public, continuing what has been an annual tradition for seven years and spanning three administrations. Officials with the Pentagon general counsel’s office are requesting that the Armed Services committees, in writing the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, prescribe changes to the Freedom of Information Act that would limit public access to certain data.”

News@Northeastern: Supreme Court Ruling Clears Path For Researchers, Journalists Who Test Facebook And Other Platforms For Discrimination. “The case, Van Buren v. United States, deals with a former police officer who agreed to search digital license plate records outside his official duties as an officer, in exchange for cash. It’s not the broad strokes of the incident, but the implication of the court ruling, that clears the way for researchers to continue the important work of probing websites and online platforms for evidence of bias and discrimination.”


Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium for Corals and Oceans Biorepository: Biorepository receives coral collection from UOG professor emeritus. “The Guam EPSCoR Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium (GEC) Biorepository is welcoming its largest addition yet – a private collection of around 30,000 coral specimens from University of Guam Professor Emeritus of Marine Biology Richard Randall. The collection includes specimens from Guam and other places throughout the Pacific and reflects the 56 years since Randall joined the UOG Marine Laboratory, which he spent researching coral reef biology and geology.” Good morning, Internet…

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