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
— Sari Feldman (@sari_feldman) January 28, 2016
— American Libraries (@amlibraries) January 27, 2016
— UW News (@uwnews) January 22, 2016
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.