Nancy Pearl -- library legend, host of Book Lust and UW iSchool faculty member -- has been named the Library Journal 2011 Librarian of the Year. As John N. Berry writes in an article announcing the award: "No one other than Nancy Pearl has so convinced Americans that libraries, books, and reading are critical to our communities. Her passionate advocacy has done that nationwide for thousands of individual readers and library workers in the trenches at the local level. She has spread book lust via broadcasts to the nation on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and from local radio and TV
In Project Information Literacy's latest "Smart Talk," Howard Rheingold, the well-known author who writes about the social, cultural, and political effects of modern communication media and technologies, is interviewed.& Rheingold discusses the myth of the digital native and what digital literacy has come to mean for preparing students in the 21st century, and says: "Critical thinking is an old story, and there is a wealth of material available for teaching it. The irrevocable destruction of the authority of the text and the assumed unreliability of information found online require the
In February, the University of Washington Information School will host iConference 2011, an annual information summit that brings together 500 professionals and scholars from around the world. The iConference provides a forum for reflection, engagement, and dialog with leaders in the field of information. New and future collaborations are fostered, speakers from academia and industry share their vision, and innovative solutions to challenges emerging from the information field are presented. Presenting sponsors are Microsoft Research, Intelius and Serials Solutions. Other sponsorship opport
In the Fall 2005 issue of iNews, the iSchool profiled Spencer G. Shaw. This article has been adapted below: Spencer Shaw picked his profession by the time he reached high school. Books and reading were important parts of his family life, and so was the Northwest Branch of the Hartford, Connecticut, Public Library. “I was impressed with the work of the librarians and the services they rendered to the public,” he remembers. “Librarian Desier Moulton made it a welcomed place for the whole neighborhood. On Saturday mornings we gathered for the weekly story hours, where we were introduc
SEATTLE - On February 8, researchers from 28 information schools around the world will join Seattle's business community for four days at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle for iConference 2011. This will mark the sixth year the iConference has brought together researchers and practitioners to share emerging work in areas such as collaboration, e-government, health informatics, human-computer interaction, information security, information management, and library science. The University of Washington Information School and Seattle will host the conference for the first time this year.