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iSchool alumna Cindy Altick Aden appointed to lead state library

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cindy Altick Aden, an alumna of the University of Washington Information School, has been appointed as director of the Washington State Library, the Secretary of State’s Office announced June 13. Aden has an extensive background in public libraries and the private sector, including stints at Amazon, Corbis, and community newspapers. She earned her master’s degree in 1987 at what was...
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More than 300 students take part in Convocation

Monday, June 6, 2016

More than 300 graduating students took part in the University of Washington Information School’s annual Convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus. It was the first time the event has been held at Hec Ed, a testament to the iSchool’s growth in recent years. Participants included two students who are finishing their doctoral...
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2 iSchool MLIS students among ALA scholarship winners

Friday, June 3, 2016

Two University of Washington Information School students are among the 60 winners of the American Library Association’s 2016-17 Spectrum Scholarships, the ALA announced Friday. The winners include iSchool Master of Library and Information Science students Melody Leung and Erika Miller. Both were named ProQuest Scholars, with their awards funded by a gift from the Michigan-based information and technology company. Leung...
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Capstone showcases more than 300 students' work

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The iSchool’s 2016 Capstone event was the largest yet, featuring 150 projects from more than 300 graduating students. Projects were judged for awards in several categories, including social impact, commercial potential, research, service, innovation/design, and diversity. Additionally, graduating students in each program awarded a Best in Class prize to their peers. (Winners are pictured.) Held annually, Capstone showcases the breadth...
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iSchool alumnus named Library of Congress Historian

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

iSchool alumnus John Cole was recently named the Library of Congress Historian, a new position dedicated to serving as the top technical expert and adviser on the institution’s history. Cole, a 1966 graduate of what was then the University of Washington School of Librarianship, has served in leadership roles during his 50-year career with the Library of Congress. He was...
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iAffiliates Day highlights iSchool collaboration with partners

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Industry and community partners and iSchool faculty and staff attended the fourth annual iAffiliates Day on April 26, 2016. The event, a benefit of the iAffiliates program , provides a forum for organizations to learn about Information School research and explore areas for collaboration. Veresh Sita, Alaska Airlines’ chief information officer, discussed the ways the company leverages data to shave...
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iSchool students, faculty, staff take on microaggressions at Diversity Summit

Friday, April 22, 2016

Dozens of iSchool students, faculty and staff members gathered Friday, April 22, for the school’s fifth annual Diversity Summit. Ralina Joseph , director of the UW Center for Communication, Difference and Equity, led a lively group discussion of microaggressions – brief and commonplace uses of language that tend to belittle minority groups, sometimes unintentionally. For example, an African American person...
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Massive online courses more effective in developing world, TASCHA finds

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A new report challenges widely held assumptions about Massive Open Online Courses, showing that they may be far more effective in the developing world than previously thought. The report , issued by the Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) , found that the low completion rates and homogeneous demographics found among users in the United States and similarly...
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iSchool MLIS alumna recognized as SLA Rising Star

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kathryn Callon, a 2011 iSchool Master of Library and Information Science alumna, has been named one of four Special Libraries Association 2016 Rising Stars. SLA presents its annual Rising Star Awards “to acknowledge young professionals forging paths of excellence within SLA and the information profession.” Nominated individuals develop notable workplace innovations, actively participate in SLA units and association programming, and...
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Outdoors app project earns UW Innovation Award

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How can we teach children to appreciate nature when their faces are buried in screens? It’s a common worry among parents and researchers alike. To address it, Professor Josh Lawler of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences approached Assistant Professor Katie Davis of the Information School with a rather counterintuitive idea: What if the screen can be used as...
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