LIS Forward prereleases position paper at ASIS&T

October 27, 2023

We are pleased to make available the prerelease of the LIS Forward position paper, Ensuring a Vibrant Future for LIS in iSchools, at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology(ASIS&T) being held in London, UK October 27-31, 2023. Several members of LIS Forward led a session at ASIS&T, Advancing LIS…

Guidebook fosters inclusive decision-making about oceans

July 13, 2023

  By Kayla Pohl The decisions we make about our oceans need to be informed by sound data, and more importantly, the process for collecting and interpreting that data needs to be inclusive of the diverse realities, values, and knowledge systems of local marine communities. All too often, however, that isn’t the case. Researchers with…

World struggles to make progress on meaningful access to information

March 16, 2023

By Doug Parry and Maria Garrido Meaningful access to information: “The rights and capacity to use, create and share information in ways that are meaningful to each individual, community or organization.” Information access is a fundamental driver of many of the goals in the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, yet many countries are struggling…

Despite policies, societal barriers hinder young women’s STEM education in Ghana

March 6, 2023

By Kayla Pohl For decades, international agencies such as the U.N. have stressed the urgency and necessity of gender digital equality, yet in low- and middle-income countries like Ghana, progress has been frustratingly slow. Researchers at the UW Information School’s Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) want to know why. In partnership with Ghana-based researchers…

Localizing the Misinformation Escape Room: How organizations outside the US are adapting the game to serve their communities

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July 25, 2022

Even before the official launch of Loki’s Loop in June 2022, the research team at the University of Washington Information School received numerous requests for collaboration from across the world. The first two organizations they agreed to support are in New Zealand and Latvia. In addition to the benefits to the local communities, the partnerships have been…

2021-2022: TASCHA Academic Year in Review

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July 8, 2022

Highlights With the end of the academic year, it’s time to review TASCHA’s work of the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic continued to play a role. On one hand we had to either postpone projects or replace field-based methods with remote methods (e.g. Zoom interviews), directly impacting the course and outcomes of these efforts. On…

Accomplishments and reflections from TASCHA’s first PhD Fellow, Itza Carbajal

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March 3, 2022

Itza Carbajal, TASCHA’s first PhD Fellow awarded in 2020-2021, conducted a series of research related activities under the guidance of Jason Young and Marika Cifor. Itza explored various areas of TASCHA’s work including Civic Engagement, Data for Good, and Digital Literacy to design a self-directed research study on a topic of choice. After meeting with…

iConference Interactive Event: Shaping Future Directions for LIS to Thrive and Grow in iSchools

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February 1, 2022

Join us at iConference 2022 to surface ambitions for tackling critical information challenges of our time and cultivate synergies and collaboration across iSchools. Schools of Library and Information Science (LIS) were foundational in launching the iSchool movement. Over the past 20 years, the movement and many individual schools have grown to become increasingly multidisciplinary, as…

Leading iSchools to hold summit

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January 31, 2022

We are excited to announce the LIS Forward Summit as a culminating activity of the first year of the LIS Forward initiative. This event will allow members of the planning committee and other faculty who have participated in the initiative to synthesize our discussions and prepare for the next phase of activity. The Summit will…

Staying nimble and open to change created research opportunities for MLIS student, Lindsey Schwartz

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January 18, 2022

From studying sociology and environmental studies to kneading dough as a baker, Lindsey Schwartz’ varied interests brought her to the University of Washington Information School. Lindsey moved to Seattle from Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic to begin the Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) program. Before pursuing a professional degree, Lindsey worked at the Historical…