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Anind Dey

Q&A with the iSchool's next dean, Anind Dey

Anind Dey will soon join the University of Washington Information School as its next dean, succeeding Harry Bruce. Dey comes to the iSchool from Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been a professor since 2005 and has led CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute since 2014. We asked Dey a few questions to introduce him to the iSchool community. Q: What about...

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TASCHA report on Development and Access to Information

Libraries aid global development, TASCHA says in report to U.N.

Put the whole world online and freedom and equality are bound to rise, right? Not necessarily. While access to information is key, access alone isn’t enough to ensure progress around the world. People also need the social and economic wherewithal to make information usable and meaningful, iSchool researchers say in a report presented to the United Nations. The report, a...

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Greg Hay

Lecturer Greg Hay shares technical know-how with students

Greg Hay has a saying he likes to use in the classroom – learning how to “chop wood,” which means learning how to get things done. He is a pragmatic kind of guy. Hay, who has been teaching at the iSchool since 2008, was recently appointed as a full-time lecturer. He is an alumnus (’07) of the iSchool’s Master of...

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MLIS students improve state health-care website's accessibility

MLIS students improve state health-care website's accessibility

Sarah Carnes knows how utterly frustrating it can be to apply for insurance through a health-care exchange. Carnes, a Master of Library and Information Science student living in the Boston area, wanted to throw her computer out the window while trying to navigate the process for her own coverage — and she’s familiar with insurance from her past careers. She...

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Kids tackled slime at 'Read-a-Rama Under the Sea.'

Read-a-Rama makes books part of the fun

Kids stomp and shimmy as iSchool Professor Michelle Martin starts them off with a song. They build sandcastles, make Japanese fish prints, and squeal with delight as they wrangle blobs of slime larger than their heads. This is not your parents’ story time. This is Read-a-Rama, Martin’s program that uses books as the springboard for hands-on activities, winning kids’ enthusiasm...

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Team Bloom

Capstone team works to restore survivors' voices

Stories are powerful. Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking often find their voices silenced, their ability to tell their own story taken from them. A group of students from the iSchool have partnered with a Seattle-based non-profit in hopes that they can help survivors reclaim their voices and share their experiences. Informatics majors John Diego, Huy Nguyen,...

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Capstone project

Capstone project makes it easier to visualize a changing landscape

The landscape around Puget Sound is changing rapidly. New homes are built, trees are cut down in one place and planted in another. New roads are constructed and old roads are rerouted. Keeping track of it all is a dizzying challenge. A group of students from the iSchool are creating a program that will help experts and the public visualize...

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2017 Distinguished Alumna transforms libraries, librarianship

2017 Distinguished Alumna transforms libraries, librarianship

Patricia Cutright didn’t even know how to turn on a computer when she came to the UW in the early ‘80s. The School of Librarianship she entered had only seven computers, with access to two database systems. To reach those databases, students had to dial up a vendor, wait for a machine whine, then stuff the phone handset into acoustic...

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Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin's 'embedded' students promote diversity

The books children read have a powerful ability to shape how they see and interpret the world. That’s something Michelle Martin , Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the iSchool, knows well. Some books are mirrors, reflecting readers’ experiences and helping them understand their own lives. Other books are windows, helping readers empathize with people whose stories...

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Wanda Pratt

To prevent medical errors, researchers look to power of information

Wanda Pratt recalls encountering one hospital patient during her research at Seattle Children’s Hospital whose relationship with health care providers was so difficult that he refused to speak to them, and it was interfering with his care. “How can you treat somebody if you can’t talk to them and they’re not going to talk to you back?” she asked. When...

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