Charles Dickens Illustrated Gallery, Illinois WBE, Library Ebooks, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 13, 2023


Sent to me by my Twitter pal Mandy W: The Charles Dickens Illustrated Gallery . From the About page. “Welcome to the Charles Dickens Illustrated Gallery! Here you will find all the original illustrations to Charles Dickens’s novels (and Sketches by Boz), where you are free to download, browse, share, remix, research, or use in whatever ways you can imagine.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: IDPH and DPI launch an online COVID-19 tracker. “The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today a new website that tracks the levels of COVID-19 in wastewater samples in Chicago and other cities across Illinois…. On the new site, visitors can search by city or county for up-to-date figures and trendlines from any one of 75 wastewater treatment plants around Illinois that are voluntarily collecting samples of raw sewage to be screened for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”


Publishers Weekly: Record Number of Libraries Surpassed One Million Digital Lends in 2022. “In a release, OverDrive officials said 10 library systems hit this milestone for the first time in 2022 (down from 22 in 2021, and 29 in 2020). Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Public Library became the first library system to surpass 10 million digital circulations via OverDrive.”

The Street: After Musk Took Over Twitter, McDonald’s, Starbucks Stopped Tweeting. “Ronald McDonald is not the only one experiencing the silence of the tweets. Coca-Cola’s, Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, General Mills, and Dairy Queen are among the companies that seem to be stuck in 2022. And while Twitter is getting the silent treatment, all these companies have been active on Facebook and Instagram.”

Search Engine Land: Apple Maps relaunches Apple Business Connect. “In Business Connect, businesses can manage their place card, including adding and updating photos and logos; inviting customers to take actions like ordering food or making a reservation directly from Maps; and presenting customers with special promotions.”


College of Charleston: College Libraries Receive Grant to Launch New Lowcountry Oral History Initiative . “The College of Charleston Libraries has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation’s (GDDF) ‘Broadening Narratives’ initiative in support of the new Lowcountry Oral History Initiative (LOHI). To deepen understanding of the Lowcountry’s rich history and culture, LOHI gathers and makes available recorded memories from the region’s residents.”

CNBC: to cut 20% jobs as industry rout deepens after FTX collapse. “The Singapore-based company’s announcement comes amid concerns about reserves and solvency across the sector, and only a few days after rival exchanges Coinbase Global Inc and Huobi announced their plans to lay off about 20% of their staff. A source told Reuters last week that Genesis, too, had cut jobs, equating to 30% of its workforce.”


PetaPixel: Photo Agency Sues Twitter for $228.9 Million Over Copyright Infringement. “A photo agency has filed a $228.9m copyright infringement lawsuit against Twitter after thousands of its photographs were uploaded by users of the social media site. Photo agency Backgrid and ten anonymous defendants have sued Twitter for allegedly failing to take down more than 1,500 photographs of celebrities owned by them and illegally posted to the platform by users.”


New York Times: Why Do Some Films Get Restored and Others Languish? A MoMA Series Holds Clues.. “Decisions about which films become candidates for preservation — or even what preservation means for any given movie — are rarely clear-cut. They depend on a combination of commercial interests, historical judgments, economic considerations and the availability and condition of film materials.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Links shared by prominent accounts on Twitter differ widely from those shared on alternative social media. “Established social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter differ in key ways from alternative social media sites such as Parler and Truth Social, a recent Pew Research Center study found. And these differences extend to the kinds of links that are shared by prominent accounts on each type of social media site, according to a new Center analysis.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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