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Anastasia Tucker: Library of Congress Fellow

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Library of Congress (LOC), the world’s largest, all-inclusive library, is known as a dynamic center for scholarly work and connections. Each year, participants in their Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program are able to work with library curators and specialists in various divisions to explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. MLIS student Anastasia...
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Study: Talking to your smartphone is 3X faster than typing

Thursday, August 25, 2016

For those talking to Siri instead of typing in your question on your mobile, it turns out you've made the right choice. Smartphone speech recognition software is not only three times faster than human typists, it’s also more accurate. A new study conducted by iSchool Associate Professor Jacob Wobbrock and colleagues at Stanford University and Baidu Inc. put the speech...
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Reference guide aims to bring international books and children together

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A new, annotated bibliography of international youth literature, co-edited by iSchool Lecturer Annette Goldsmith , Theo Heras, and Susan Corapi, will help teachers, parents and librarians find books from other countries, written or translated into English, to share with kids. “Looking for titles for a display on Norway? Check the geographical listings. Need international titles about bullying? Check the subject...
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Annie Searle on the global impact of recent high-profile risk events

Friday, August 12, 2016

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming (1919) These first three lines of a poem that Yeats wrote after the first world war resonate with us today and have been referenced in American political debate – and perhaps also around the...
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'Supercharged Storytimes': Ph.D. students offer practical advice in book

Friday, August 12, 2016

Storytime may be fun for kids, but it’s also a chance to put their developing brains to work. Using the right techniques, providers can promote early literacy without turning storytime into a chore. But how do you know which techniques are effective? Information School Ph.D. candidates Kathleen Campana and J. Elizabeth Mills have teamed up with early literacy consultant Saroj...
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iSchool MLIS student named ARL diversity scholar

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nicola Andrews, a Master of Library and Information Science student at the University of Washington Information School, has been named a diversity scholar by the Association of Research Libraries. Andrews is one of 15 MLIS students in North America chosen to participate in ARL’s 2016-18 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. “I am honored to be included in the newest...
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Jin Ha Lee on Pokémon Go: How to stay safe and play to win

Friday, July 15, 2016

Assistant Professor Jin Ha Lee leads the GAMER research group at the University of Washington Information School and is an avid player of augmented reality games, including the recent phenomenon of Pokémon Go. We talked with her about how to enjoy the game, how to stay safe, and how to play to win. Q: You’ve recently been studying Ingress (an...
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Ph.D. alumna becomes director of Florida State iSchool

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lorri Mon, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington Information School in 2006, recently became director of Florida State University’s School of Information . Mon took the helm on June 1. She previously had been an associate professor and associate director of FSU’s iSchool. At the UW iSchool, she was the second person to graduate from the Ph.D...
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Sarah Reis wins 2016 Borgeson award in law librarianship

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

MLIS law student Sarah Reis has earned the 2016 Earl Borgeson Research Award in Law Librarianship for her paper, “Deconstructing the Durham Statement: The Persistence of Print Prestige During the Age of Open Access.” Reis’s paper will be published in the journal Legal Reference Services Quarterly . The honor carries a $1,000 prize. In her winning paper, Reis focuses on...
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Students present Web apps designed to avoid overload

Friday, June 17, 2016

Web applications do all sorts of fun and useful things, but they come with a problematic side-effect: the potential for overload. With each service we use and with each log-in we acquire, our stress levels rise, and the problem – known as information fragmentation – is only made worse by the advent of cloud storage and mobile devices. This spring,...
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