Associate Professor Kevin C. Desouza has co-authored, with H. James Wilson, another in a series of blog posts for Harvard Business Review. The post examines organizations' use of experimentation as a preferred approach to understanding and acting on potential opportunities, and has since been picked up by Bloomberg Businessweek as well. October's post from Wilson and Desouza on "Zombie Workplaces" was one of HBR's most-read posts of the week. You can read the current post and how employees are learning to conduct experiments effectively, and with their boss' approval, on the HBR website.
Yesterday UW iSchool advisory board member and Seattle city librarian Susan Hildreth was unanimously approved as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services by the US Senate. Hildreth will become the fourth director of the Institute. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the country's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Hildreth joined the iSchool's MLIS Advisory Board shortly after her arrival at Seattle Public Library. To read an article about her IMLS appointment, visit the Library Journal website.
A paper written by second year student Ashish Malviya (MSIM '11) and co-authored by Sr. Research Scientist Dr. Glenn Fink, Statistician Landon Sego (both of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and iSchool Associate Professor Barbara Endicott-Popovsky is selected for the presentation at the Information Technology New Generation workshop (ITNG 2011) and for inclusion in the conference proceedings to be published by the IEEE Computer Society/CPS (IEEE Conference Publishing Services). The paper emerged out of Malviya's work in Information and Infrastructure Integrity Initiative during his su
The goal of the iSchool annual Research Fair is to showcase our community's research, scholarship, and creative work to others in the iSchool and UW community and to our alumni and friends in the Puget Sound area. We believe the exhibits at this year's fair demonstrate both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary reach across a range of relevant problem spaces. Our sustained engagements with other academics and professional partners in industry, service, and government are making critical contributions to knowledge and practice, enabling more people to access and use informaiton with confiden
The Open Group) used her capstone project as an opportunity to develop instructional materials on organizational risk management -- targeted to be used initially at The Boeing Co., and then made more generally available to the information security community. As organizations have come to realize the importance of risk management and its quantification, work has been ongoing to develop useful assessment standards. ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has published a standard for risk management that, as Carlson puts it, "identifies when to analyze risk but not how." Gilli
College students are among the savviest users of Web 2.0, right? Well, yes and no. New research finds plenty of students use social networks, like Facebook, to find information in their everyday lives, but few are using other Web 2.0 tools -- blogs, wikis, video sharing sites -- to manage or collaborate on course research assignments. The latest Project Information Literacy report sees this as part of a larger problem: colleges and universities may be failing their students at a time when research skills and collaborative learning are becoming more and more important. In today's informat
UW iSchool students continue to garner national recognition for their creative work and leadership: PhD candidate Peyina Lin recently participated in the 2010 ASIST Doctoral Seminar for Research and Career Development, a forum for up-and-coming doctoral students. Submissions to the Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship and the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award were considered for this ASIST Doctoral Seminar. Lin's submission to the Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship was ranked amongst the top ten across these two awards, and so she was invited
Informatics student Matthew Hicks is part of a team of University of Washington undergraduate students that learned this week they had won one of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grants. Hicks and his team were chosen from more than 2,400 proposals to be one of 65 research groups honored. The team, which consisted of students from Computer Science and Engineering, Human-Centered Design and Engineering and Mathematics, developed a low-cost portable ultrasound device they hope can drastically reduce childbirth-related mortality rates in the develop
In a segment for KING5 News, UW iSchool Assistant Professor Amy Ko shares her insights into the psychology underlying our interactions with technology, and why blue hula hoops, beach balls of death and hourglasses can elicit such anger. The story from reporter Owen Lei, which appeared on late and early local newscasts, examines the causes of our desire to enact harm upon our technological devices, using humor to drive home its points. You can find the video on the KING5 website.
Just released is Project Information Literacy's new research report, "Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age" (Available as a PDF here, 72 pages, 5.73 MB). Tune into into the short PIL preview video (3:05 mins.) for a summary of key findings from the study. The report features findings from a sample of 8,353 college students on 25 campuses distributed across the U.S. Given the sample size, PIL's new study is the largest scholarly survey analysis of information literacy conducted, to date. Researchers found that even though many students may co
PhD candidate Peyina Lin has authored a new article in Library Hi-Tech Journal. The article, "Information Literacy Barriers: Language Use and Social Structure" is part of a special issue on the "best young professionals." Lin's article integrates theories from sociology, psychology, and education to examine how language choice and social structures constrain information literacy attainment and proposes ways to address barriers to information literacy, including: language use, social structures, and the neutrality-advocacy dilemma. Citation for pre-print: Lin, P. (2010), Information lite
In a proclamation from the office of Mayor Michael McGinn, October 14, 2010 has been proclaimed to be Spencer G. Shaw Day in the City of Seattle. Professor Emeritus Spencer G. Shaw. Spencer passed away on June 16, 2010, at the age of 93. The proclamation cites Spencer's contributions as a dynamic leader, humanitarian and tireless advocate for cultural understanding, acceptance and inclusion over seven decades as a nationally and internationally known librarian, storyteller and educator. In his travels lecturing, storytelling and leading workshops in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan,
UW iSchool Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg released the first in a series of vodcasts (video podcasts) this week on the subject of information literacy. Episode 1, "What is Information Literacy?," features Dr. Eisenberg answering a series of questions about the basics of information literacy collected from students and colleagues around the country. In Episode 1, Eisenberg discusses Project Information Literacy, a research study he leads with Dr. Alison Head of the UW iSchool, and the Big Six, an information and technology literacy model and curriculum developed by Eisenberg and Robert E. Berk
William Jones, UW iSchool research associate professor, authored an article in the September 6 edition of First Monday, titled "No knowledge but through information." The paper can be found on the First Monday website. Dr. Jones proceeds from the premise that information is a thing to be handled and controlled, whereas knowledge is not, to identify some important differences between Personal Knowledge Management and Personal Information Management and why the two terms should not be used interchangeably.Jones is the Principal Investigator on the Keeping Found Things Found project at the iSchoo
Jane Yolen, author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, will be the featured speaker at the 2010 Spencer G. Shaw Lecture Series Oct. 14. Yolen's books include Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the 20th century, and her work has earned her the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, and the Golden Kite Award. Yolen is the last author personally selected by Professor Emeritus Spencer Shaw,