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MLIS alumnus's passion and advocacy make a difference in the classroom

Monday, December 28, 2015

For 15 years, Steve Coker, MLIS ’06, was an English, Social Studies, and (occasional) Spanish teacher. And then he discovered technology. His tinkering became a passion, and Coker took a leadership role in bringing instructional technology to his and his colleagues’ classrooms. “I became the default ‘tech guy,’” he jokes. He really had no intention of becoming a librarian until...
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Documents that Changed the World: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, 1896

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A glance at his kitchen bookshelf gave University of Washington Information School associate professor Joe Janes the idea for the latest installment of his Documents that Changed the World podcast. What he spied was his grandmother’s 1915 second edition of “The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook,” more popularly known as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. By far the most famous cookbook of its...
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Katie Davis recognized as 2015 Rising Star

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) named University of Washington Assistant Professor Katie Davis to their distinguished 'Rising Star' list of outstanding international psychological scientists. Davis, who works for the UW Information School, studies how the worlds of adolescents are being remade – in both promising and troubling ways – by digital media, and the conditions that catalyze positive outcomes...
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Students tackle real-world problems in Informatics projects

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Students in the Information School’s Intellectual Foundations of Informatics (INFO 200) and Client-side Web Development (INFO 343) courses showed their final projects in a pair of open houses on Dec. 9 and 10. In INFO 200, students work in teams on a quarter-long project where they identify a problem, do user research, and consider the social and ethical issues, then...
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Three iSchool alumnae chosen as ALA Emerging Leaders

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Master of Library and Information Science alumni Alpha DeLap, ’13, Alyssa Jocson Porter, ’13 and Katherine Donaldson, ’14, have been named to the American Library Association Emerging Leaders Class of 2016. The ALA Emerging Leaders Program seeks to develop leadership skills in library workers early in their careers. The 50 participants from across the country gather for problem-solving work groups...
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iSchool's DataLab works to bridge a knowledge gap for researchers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The iSchool’s DataLab has partnered with JSTOR, a nonprofit digital library, to help close a gap in the understanding of scholarly work. For scholars working in interdisciplinary fields, it can be daunting to navigate literature outside their areas of expertise. An algorithm developed by the DataLab, combined with an index of more than 1,500 key terms provided by JSTOR, aims...
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Documents that Changed the World: FDR’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1939

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The U.S. Senate voted to set Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November on Dec. 9, 1941, two days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. You’d think they would have had more important things to talk about. Not Nov. 26, as George Washington had it or the last Thursday in the month as Lincoln had it, but November’s fourth...
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MLIS student selected as ARL Leadership Fellow

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brian Keith, a student in the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science program, has been selected as one of the Association of Research Libraries’ 2016-17 Leadership Fellows. Keith, who is Associate Dean for Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs at the University of Florida, will be immersed in leadership training as part of the ARL program, which is designed to...
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iSchool awarded grant to pursue global economic development

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The University of Washington Information School has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant to pursue an innovative global health and development research project. The $100,000 grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , will go toward Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock’s project titled “Billions of transactions, thousands of photos: Combining mobile network operator data with crowd-sourced photographs to...
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iSchool celebrates diversity this month

Monday, November 9, 2015

iSchool students, faculty and staff joined Nov. 3 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House for the school's Diversity Lunch Reception, the kickoff event of iSchool Diversity Month. The event was presented by the Diversity Committee, ALISS, AIMS, DSA, IUGA, iWorld, iEquality, and iQueeries. Diversity is a key part of the iSchool experience, and its Office of Diversity Programs is available to assist...
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