Re:Create Recap October 23, 2020

Get To Know Our Members: American Library Association. This week, Re:Create featured a Q&A with Carrie Russell, director of public policy and advocacy at the American Library Association (ALA). Read here to learn why balanced copyright policies are so important to the libraries, librarians and the people who use them.

Online Dance Group Keeps Seniors Connected During COVID. While COVID-19 precautions have forced many senior citizens into isolation, senior dance company Quicksilver moved dance classes to Zoom so participants at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities can still find a way to connect. According to a Washington Post feature, Quicksilver’s dance teacher became worried about the lost connections for her dancers and decided to move her classes online. She said that the experience has shown how critical these types of efforts are to push against isolation and loneliness that will only get worse in colder months.

Apple Launches Music Video Platform. This week Apple launched a subset of Apple Music called ‘Apple Music TV’. The new platform consists of a 24 hour free livestream of popular music videos. The service premiered with a countdown of the top 100 songs most-streamed on Apple Music in the U.S. According to Apple there will be “exclusive new music videos and premiers, special curated music video blocks, and live shows and events as well as chart countdowns and guests.” This announcement comes after years of speculation about how Apple would be able to insert itself into the music video sector and exist alongside YouTube, Vevo and MTV.

COVID Patients Turn To Online Support Groups. The Wall Street Journal reported that many COVID-19 patients who are dealing with long-term symptoms are turning to online support groups to cope. The virtual groups serve as a way for patients to connect with other individuals who are experiencing similar, prolonged effects. One support group called “Body Politic” started in late March as just a small Instagram chat but it has now grown to more than 14,000 people from across the world. Another group, founded by a New York resident, called ‘Survivor Corps’ is on Facebook and has its own website. They have more than 110,000 members.

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