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David Levy wrote a piece for Yahoo about the "Attraction of Distraction." (Photo via Yahoo.com)

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News

Professor David Levy’s new book, “Mindful Tech,” is getting a lot of attention. Jerry Large wrote about it in The Seattle Times; The New York Times posted a review; a writer for the New Yorker went off the grid for 72 hours as a response to the book, just to see if he could; and here’s Levy’s own piece for Yahoo Tech.

MLIS student Emily Thompson is working on a Capstone project to archive resources for Seattle’s Jewish community. She wrote about her efforts on the Jewish Studies site.

Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock is part of a team of UW researchers working on financial services for the developing world. Xconomy reports that it’s a multi-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help deliver mobile-phone-based services.

Tweets of the Week

Elsewhere in Information News

  • More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into makerspaces, says this piece from EdTech, “How libraries fit in the future of learning.”
  • Here’s an interesting use of data visualization from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. A good example of how data can make a powerful point.
  • Anil Dash posted a thoughtful piece on Medium about website comments and holding organizations accountable for abuse. He writes: “Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community.”
  • Mashable took on the issue of gender diversity in tech with a list of “8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding.”
  • UW Sustainability took an interesting approach to this online presentation of environmental efforts on campus throughout its history.
  • A first-of-its-kind information symposium was held in Myanmar to address the country’s transition to a modern information society. TASCHA sent dispatches on Facebook.
  • If you participated in #1lib1ref for Wikipedia (or even if you didn’t), check out this Storify compiling some of the highlights.
  • And everyone wants to be a Husky. The Seattle Times reports that applications were up 18 percent this year.

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