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iSchool summer update: July edition

iSchool summer update: July edition

Summer is ordinarily pretty quiet on campus, but there’s a lot going on at the iSchool this year. Let’s get caught up.

iSchoolers in the News

With his new book, “Documents That Changed the Way We Live,” now on the shelves, Associate Professor Joe Janes wrote a piece for Publishers Weekly about the concept of documents and how that has changed through history.

Anind Dey was recently named the iSchool’s next dean, and the Seattle Times ran a nice profile on him. To help introduce him to the community, we also asked him a few questions for a Q&A.

iSchool Dean Harry Bruce’s final dean’s message is on the topic of change, appropriately enough. He talks about how a change in leadership can be good for the school and a change in lifestyle can be good for him.

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) recently presented a major report to the United Nations. The report, authored by researchers Maria Garrido, Michelle Fellows and Lucas Koepke, studies how access to information and libraries can help in the sustainable development of nations. We wrote a story about the report for the iSchool website.

Miranda Belarde-Lewis joins the iSchool faculty this fall, with a focus on Native North American Indigenous Knowledge. Learn more about her in our recent profile.

Greg Hay once studied elephants and for years has taught classes in our Master of Science in Information Management program. He was recently appointed as a full-time lecturer, and we talked to him about his experiences and approach to teaching.

We profiled some of our Ph.D. candidates recently. Get to know Natascha Karlova, Ian King and Amanda Menking and learn about their research.

Why do millennials love libraries so much? Professor of Practice Susan Hildreth weighs in on this story by Attn:, saying, “Libraries are probably the oldest example of sharing economies.”

“Calling Bullshit” got some more national exposure on Paula Poundstone’s podcast when Carl Bergstrom, who partners with the iSchool’s Jevin West on the Calling BS class, appeared on the July 22 show.

Another month, another set of rankings. This time it’s the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017, which has us No. 14 in the world. The rankings look at more than 4,000 universities around the world.

Congratulations go out to MLIS student Shannon Adkins. She was named the winner of the Friends of the Edmonds Library scholarship for 2017. MyEdmondsNews has the story.

Ph.D. candidate Martez Mott has earned a Microsoft dissertation grant. Mott is among the inaugural set of winners, and the $18,000 grant will support his research to make touchscreen devices more accessible.

MLIS law student Elizabeth Manriquez has earned the 2017 Earl Borgeson Research Award. Her winning paper argues for law libraries to adopt linked data.

Informatics alumnus Morya Breland (’16) was one of four students in a recent Money feature on the best colleges for your money.

Artwork by iSchool Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez is on display at Spaceworks Tacoma, part of an exhibit titled “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed.” The exhibit continues until Aug. 17.

The iSchool’s VIEWS2 project is making an impact, School Library Journal writes. Based in part on VIEWS2 research, many libraries have adapted their storytimes to better engage with children and promote early literacy.

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