iSchool Capstone

Capstone Projects

2020

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Information Verification & Sharing: Service Providers and Homeless Youth in the University District, Seattle, WA

Access to up-to-date service information is key to providing the best assistance to youth experiencing homelessness. Prior to this project, there were multiple locations where University District service provider information was collected and shared, making it difficult to know what information was current. Utilizing information management skills, team members collected, verified, and merged service provider information into Strappd, an existing mobile app for individuals experiencing homelessness. Team members also updated University District Service Providers Alliance fliers and Doorway Project Google calendars. This project allows information to be better managed by service providers and more easily accessed by youth.
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Jefferson County Library Children’s Collection Proposal

The Children’s collection is tight on the shelves, with a distribution of shelf space that doesn’t reflect patron usage. The sponsor organization would like to increase engagement with early literacy resources, and reduce the prominence of the DVD collection. Patrons have also indicated frustration when their kids are distracted by the library computer terminal, which pulls them away from books or interactions with peers. My proposal will address these concerns with a collection guide for reduction and relocation of library materials to increase engagement, recommendations for budget tracking, and considerations to create areas for groups away from the computer bay.
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Joyfill

Joyfill is a social media application that cultivates happiness into people's lives by helping you evaluate and invest in joys with the people you care about. The goal is to create a space where users identify and discover what brings them joy. Joyfill sets up users for success to fulfill their joys by allowing them to manually enter and select as desired
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KidsTeam E-Textiles

What can adults do to make a fun new program for kids? KidsTeam E-Textiles brought kids to the design table and asked them how to make a successful library program for other kids their age. Our multi-generational team worked on exploring e-textiles in the public library setting, through hands on engagement with technology. Kids, teen support volunteers, and the local librarian gave us feedback on pacing, instruction, and tools that would make the program run smoothly. We used all of this to create a website for SPL’s Digital Media Learning Program that has resources, design feedback, and our session plans.
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King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Crime Data Analytics

KCSO owns a record management system which generates large quantities of normalized data around law enforcement activities spanning 14 jurisdictions throughout King County. Our goal is to use this to identify trends and provide recommendations to KCSO. For example, weekends recorded nearly 25% less crime than weekdays. Crimes also peaked during afternoon hours, indicating a link between time of the day and crime rates. We used PowerBI to build dashboards to cover the KCSO region and highlight areas that needed extra patrolling. We hope that the insights we provide help King County in better resource allocation and making data-driven decisions.
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LGBTQ+ Programming in Libraries

This project was conducted to evaluate the availability of library programming and services for LGBTQ+ teenagers, children, and their families. Using a Google survey, we collected 106 responses from across the US and Canada. While most libraries did not offer LGBTQ+ programming, among the ones that did we found a diverse range of offerings. Many libraries partnered with local organizations to facilitate events. This project was undertaken in partnership with KCLS to help shape the library's ongoing role in creating an inclusive community
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Lights, Camera, Data!

Aurora Picture Show is a media arts center in Houston, TX. Since its founding in 1998, they’ve presented a variety of noncommercial film and performance art, as well as various educational initiatives. Their documentation have been a mess for years, making it difficult for staff to find information about past presentations. After determining what would best meet Aurora’s needs while staying within budget, we created an updated database. Not only does this database make it easier for staff to do their jobs, the use of subject keywords provides a broad overview of the many topics that appear in Aurora’s presentations.
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Likewise

Likewise’s goal is to help current and incoming students at the University of Washington find a safe space to express thoughts, feelings and concerns with their peers. Students can create posts, search for advice, and read past experiences from other students who have gone through the same or similar experiences. This allows them to get a glimpse of their perspectives and seek guidance from others. Through Likewise, students can connect with their peers and build a sense of community by sharing stories and advice.
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Literary Labyrinth: A Reference Guide for New Researchers in Literature

Literary Labyrinth addresses the need among beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates in English for an introduction to conducting research in language and literature. The website gathers many of the most invaluable resources available to researchers in these disciplines and presents example research questions illustrating when and how to use such materials. While traditional library guides simply collect, organize, and display resources used in a discipline, Literary Labyrinth offers tutorials emphasizing strategy and process. The guide demonstrates how scholars can thoughtfully approach research by first deconstructing their query and then surveying the bibliographic landscape to chart a path toward answers.
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Long Shadows of Seattle Podcast

The Long Shadows of Seattle podcast, also called the Seattle Civil Rights Podcast Project, was an endeavor to take some lesser known figures in the history of Seattle that have collections at the University of Washington and give them a platform. There are a great many historical figures that lived in Seattle that simply do not get the attention that they should, with many of the figures I covered having very little if anything written about them at all. Through this podcast I hope to allow a wider audience to explore some of the undiscovered Black historical figures of Seattle.