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iSchool students visited Mexico's Chiapas state recently.

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News

Capstone is a true adventure for a group of students featured in this story on our website. Along with Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez, students Paloma St Louis, Yvette Iribe, Stephanie Torres and David Guerrero traveled recently to Mexico’s Chiapas state to help lay the groundwork for the indigenous population’s first library. Students Chelsea Cooper and Alma Lopez are also working on the Capstone project.

We also featured recent TASCHA research that found massive open online courses showed much greater effectiveness in the developing world than they have in previous studies that focused on the United States and similarly wealthy nations.

Professor David Levy recently wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Contemplate Your Email” offers some simple techniques to help cut down on overload.

The iSchool’s annual Diversity Summit took place Friday, featuring a lively conversation about microaggressions. Read about it in our story.

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Elsewhere in Information News

  • Carla Hayden, the candidate to become the next Librarian of Congress, received a warm welcome from both sides of the aisle at her confirmation hearing. “Of all the titles I’ve had in my professional career,” Hayden said, “I’m most proud to be called a librarian.”
  • Vice President Joe Biden called for open access, open data and new research incentives as part of the $1 billion initiative he is leading aimed at speeding up development of new cancer treatments and cures.
  • NPR produced a terrific data visualization on school funding, illustrating the disparities between different regions and even within individual states.
  • Is ICT for international development too homogenous in terms of gender and race? The Guardian asks why nonprofits employ so few women of color in their tech departments.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge from writers claiming that Google is infringing on copyright by scanning their books. The ruling is an expansion of the fair-use doctrine that could have wide-ranging implications for publishers, authors and others in the information field.

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