Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!
Lots of interesting news this week in the realm of big data. On Wednesday, news broke that a tech-company named Geofeedia has been collecting user data from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to assist law enforcement in tracking racially charged protests. The White House also released a report in May of this year entitled “Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights” that is worth reading for background on this.
Looking for some feel-good library related reading? The blog Brain Pickings has plenty of suggestions. “How Libraries Save Lives” is a compilation of stories, poems, and other art dedicated to the public library.
Check out Chris Bourg’s recent blog post about Libraries, Technology, and Social Justice. Bourg mentions her library hero Safiya Noble. Noble’s work demonstrates how the non-neutrality of commercial search engines reinforce and perpetuate stereotypes, despite the fact that many of us assume the “algorithm” is neutral. Read her latest article titled “A Future for Intersectional Black Feminist Technology Studies” via The Scholar & Feminist Online.
Robert Goldstein, NPR’s music librarian for the last 20 years, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Goldstein’s role included overseeing NPR’s constantly growing music collection, developing music services and resources for NPR staff and serving as an advisor on NPR music initiatives, and most recently coordinated a project to design and develop a new NPR music database.
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