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Dean Harry Bruce addresses the crowd at the All iSchool Welcome on Sept. 21.

Catching up with the iSchool

It’s been a busy summer, but it’s time to get back to work. Let’s get caught up on what iSchoolers have been up to:

iSchoolers in the News

We’ve featured several new members of the iSchool faculty on our website. Among them:

It was the summer of Pokemon Go. Assistant Professor and game enthusiast Jin Ha Lee offered some tips, tricks and advice for anyone worried about their kids going overboard.

Professor Carole Palmer’s Open Data for Public Good project earned a $691,000 grant through the Laura Bush 21st Centuray Librarian Program. The project, called Open Data Literacy (ODL), aims to close the technical gap between what libraries currently provide their communities and what is available to them through public data and information resources.

The iSchool’s Digital Youth Lab recently published a white paper synthesizing research on youth, digital media, and learning across disciplinary boundaries. The paper was a product of the 2014 Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank.

Joe Janes wrote a piece for American Libraries about the role of libraries in combating ignorance. “Knowledge Wins” was a slogan from a century ago, but it’s still apt today.

No matter the language, speaking is faster and more accurate than typing, a study conducted by iSchool Associate Professor Jacob Wobbrock and colleagues at Stanford University and Baidu Inc. found.

Lecturer Annette Goldsmith co-edited a new, annotated bibliography of international youth literature. The book is intended to help teachers, parents and librarians find books from other countries, written or translated into English, to share with kids.

Lecturer Annie Searle took on the topic of recent high-profile risk events in her column in Risk Universe. “Never before have international law enforcement officials been under so much pressure to reduce the incidence of unpredictable lone wolf attacks and to make communities safe once again for their citizens,” she writes.

Ph.D. candidates Kathleen Campana and J. Elizabeth Mills published a book, “Supercharged Storytimes.” The book highlights effective techniques for promoting early literacy.

MLIS student Anastasia Tucker became the first intern to work on a project in the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. She helped analysts develop a report about federal programs and policies addressing behavioral health issues in the American Indian and Alaska native population.

MLIS student Nicola Andrews was named a diversity scholar by the Association of Research Libraries. Andrews is one of 15 MLIS students in North America chosen to participate in ARL’s 2016-18 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.

Research by iSchool Assistant Professor Jevin West and colleagues was cited in a story that got a lot of notice. It described how men tend to cite themselves far more frequently than women do in their academic work.

In his latest message on the iSchool website, Dean Harry Bruce discussed the school’s emphasis on Native North American Indigenous Knowledge, and why it’s personally important to him.

Law MLIS student Sarah Reis earned the 2016 Earl Borgeson Research Award in Law Librarianship for her paper, “Deconstructing the Durham Statement: The Persistence of Print Prestige During the Age of Open Access.” Reis’s paper will be published in the journal Legal Reference Services Quarterly. The honor carries a $1,000 prize.

Shaun Kane (Ph.D., 2011) was named this year’s Distinguished Alumnus. Kane, who was the keynote speaker at this year’s Convocation ceremony in June, has devoted his career to studying accessible technology for people with disabilities.

Assistant Professor Negin Dahya and others at the iSchool are working with the Na’ah Illahee Fund to give Native girls a chance to experience coding. Read our story to learn more about the ongoing collaboration.

Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg was the subject of a nice profile by his alma mater, Syracuse University. Eisenberg has had a tremendous influence on the emergence of iSchools around the globe.

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