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NewsBreaks
Curating Retro Video Game Collections
by Kelly LeBlanc
Curation and collection management practices have a long-standing association with archives, museums, and libraries—but now the retro gaming industry is following suit in both the private and public collecting realm.

Weekly News Digests
SAGE Campus Adds Seven New Courses Covering Critical Research Skills
SAGE Campus rolled out seven online courses that "help instructors teach critical skills such as data gathering and literacy and to support researchers in their publishing endeavors."
IMLS Releases Findings From Pre-Pandemic Public Library Materials Study
IMLS unveiled a research brief, The Use and Cost of Public Library Materials: Trends Before the COVID-19 Pandemic, which "explores trends of physical and electronic collections expenditures and circulation, including comparisons among subgroups by locale and population size served."
Associated Press: 'NY Sues Amazon, Saying It Didn't Protect Workers From Virus'
Joseph Pisani and Michelle Chapman write the following for the Associated Press: "The New York attorney general is suing Amazon over COVID-19 safety protocols, accusing the company of being more concerned with making money than protecting its workers from getting sick."
MasterClass Recruits Roxane Gay for a Class on Writing for Social Change
MasterClass announced that Roxane Gay is teaching Writing for Social Change for the platform. The press release states, "Through honest discussions around the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and other social justice issues, Gay will teach members how to own their identity, write about trauma with care and courage and hone their voice to contribute to the world in a positive way."
Business Insider: 'Google Fires Top AI Ethicist 2 Months After Co-Leader's Ousting, Leaving Its Ethical AI Team Headless'
Hugh Langley writes the following for Business Insider: "Google has fired Margaret Mitchell, the founder and former co-lead on its ethical AI team, following an extended investigation that has kept Mitchell locked out of her corporate account since January."

NewsLink Spotlight
Eye of the Beholder: How Media Bias Shapes Perception
by Lauree Padgett
Take a close look at the image that accompanies this story. At first glance, it seems like a nice call for unity. But if you think about it, why are the white people displayed more prominently than the Black people? I knew I had an excellent resource to discuss this in social justice advocate Debbie Vermaat, who agreed to answer questions about media bias.

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