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This week at the iSchool

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Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez has published a new book, “Fotohistorias,” which captures the immigrant experience through the words and pictures of migrants. Gomez and co-author Sara Vannini loaned out cameras in Colombia, at the U.S.-Mexico border and in Seattle and asked them to tell the stories behind the photos they took.

We profiled Hala Annabi, who has returned to the iSchool faculty as an associate professor. Annabi, originally from Jordan, talks about the globe-spanning journey that brought her here. “I thought coming to the U.S. was a pipe dream,” she said. “But it happened in a very serendipitous way.”

Informatics ’07 alum Yared Ayele, interviewed by AfricanDevBoss, talked about his work at a nongovernmental educational organization in Ethiopia. He said he took the risk of returning home to Africa to try to improve people’s lives there.

MLIS ’03 alumnus Justin Wadland won the Washington State Book Award for history/general nonfiction for “Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound.”

iSchool Dean Harry Bruce plays a starring role in a new video on our website. He introduces the school and talks about why he has “the best job in the world.” Enjoy:

Tweets of the week

Elsewhere in information news

  • A recent flood illustrated the precarious condition of The New York Times’ photo collection, locked away in a Manhattan sub-basement. Digitizing the huge collection could keep a battalion of librarians busy for years.
  • Also in precarious shape: award-winning journalism on the Web. A 34-part, carefully told series from 2007 has disappeared, the Atlantic writes. “Today’s great library is being destroyed even as it is being built.”
  • And here’s an amazing data visualization to explore if you have a few minutes – or hours: every historical event ever, gathered from Wikipedia into one timeline.

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