Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model

Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model. “A faculty member in Florida State University’s Department of English has received a collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the work of award-winning American novelist Gloria Naylor and develop a model for engaging Black women’s literary archives.”

Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open (Search Engine Land)

Search Engine Land: Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open. “Search marketing has a diversity problem. Older data from the American Marketing Association shows that most marketing leadership is still majority white, hetero, and male. Meanwhile, the audiences we’re marketing to are more diverse and inclusive than ever. It’s a topic we’ve covered multiple times at Search Engine Land.”

Beat: Courtney Barnett launches interactive new website for fans to customise her music

Beat: Courtney Barnett launches interactive new website for fans to customise her music. “Today, Courtney Barnett launches the video for ‘Before You Gotta Go’, taken from her forthcoming album Things Take Time, Take Time – out November 12 via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. In order to give fans and music-lovers more insight into the creative process behind Things Take Time, Take Time, Barnett today also launched an interactive website which allows the listener to isolate, mute and mix different instruments and vocal-parts of these recordings.”

University of Wyoming: UW Receives Second NEH Grant for Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project

University of Wyoming: UW Receives Second NEH Grant for Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project. “University of Wyoming Libraries has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support ongoing newspaper digitization work. The two-year, $200,000 grant will support the ongoing Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project, which began in August 2019 after the first NEH grant was awarded.”

BusinessWire: The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Opens Applications for the 2022 Research and Preservation Grants Program (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Opens Applications for the 2022 Research and Preservation Grants Program (PRESS RELEASE). “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced that applications are officially open for its 2022 Research and Preservation Grants program. The program provides four grants each year to music institutions, musicologists, researchers, nonprofit organizations and individuals around the world who are enhancing and preserving Latin music heritage.”

National Geographic: Dog collar or slave collar? A Dutch museum interrogates a brutal past.

National Geographic: Dog collar or slave collar? A Dutch museum interrogates a brutal past.. “When a finely engraved 17th-century golden collar was donated to the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum in 1881, it was labeled as a dog collar. But a few years ago, when the museum reexamined its collections for its recent exhibition on the Dutch slave trade, curators realized the beautiful object had an ugly past.”

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library. “Zimbabwe born artist Kudzanai Chiurai is a phenomenon. He is one of the most challenging and inventive figures in contemporary African art. From large scale photos of fictional African dictators to experimental films and protest posters, rich oil paintings and minimal sculptures, his work is housed in the world’s top galleries and collections. Chiurai, though, frequently shrugs off gallery spaces to show in warehouses, on the street or in urban locations.” This reminds me a bit of Hany Rashed’s work on a much larger (beyond family) scale.

Clevescene: Clevelander Franklin Fantini Is Archiving and Sharing Country Music’s Odd and Forgotten Past With ‘Dollar Country WTFC’ Radio Show

Clevescene: Clevelander Franklin Fantini Is Archiving and Sharing Country Music’s Odd and Forgotten Past With ‘Dollar Country WTFC’ Radio Show. “From a makeshift studio in his suburban Cleveland basement filled with a collection of 1,500 .45 RPM vinyl records, Franklin Fantini — a self-made, DIY purveyor of ten-cent wax — has for the last five years been broadcasting Dollar Country WTFC every week. The hour-long online radio show hosted by Frank — Frank the Drifter, as he introduces himself — features a curated tracklist of 18 songs handpicked from his shelves.”

CNBC: Facebook shields millions of VIP users from standard moderation protocols, per report

CNBC: Facebook shields millions of VIP users from standard moderation protocols, per report. “Every day Facebook users can have their content taken down immediately if the company’s artificial intelligence technologies or contracted content moderators find their posts to be in violation of the company’s rules. Users in the XCheck program, however, may have their content stay live on Facebook’s services before being routed into a separate moderation system. That process is also staffed by better-trained content moderators who are full-time employees, and XCheck users , according to the report.”

Elizabeth City State University: ECSU Works to Digitize and Preserve North Carolina History Thanks to State Library of North Carolina Grant

Elizabeth City State University: ECSU Works to Digitize and Preserve North Carolina History Thanks to State Library of North Carolina Grant. “Elizabeth City State University’s G.R. Little Library and its staff are working to preserve North Carolina history. Thanks to a $163,991 grant from the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC), the university’s library will be able to assist the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DHC) in digitizing historic documents and photographs, preserving them for future generations.”

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands. “A rare find in the British National Archives may provide another piece of evidence discrediting China’s claim of historic rights to the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea. After months of scouring the archives, British journalist-turned-scholar Bill Hayton came across a semi-official document indicating that until the late Qing Dynasty, Chinese authorities still didn’t consider the Paracel Islands part of China’s territory.”

New York Times: Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

New York Times: Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?. “Dictionaries heighten my senses, almost like certain mind-altering substances: They direct my attention outward, into a conversation with language. They make me wonder what other things I’m blind to because I haven’t taught myself to notice them yet. Recently spotted specimens include orrery, ‘a mechanical model, usually clockwork, devised to represent the motions of the earth and moon (and sometimes also the planets) around the sun.’ The Oxford English Dictionary also tells me that the word comes from the fourth Earl of Orrery, for whom a copy of the first machine was made, around 1700. Useful? Obviously not. Satisfying? Deeply.”