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…

Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and policy implications from a technology access and distribution program for low-income job seekers

October 6, 2021

Presentation at TPRC 49 (Policy Research Conference on Communications, Information and the Internet) Researchers from the University of Washington worked with the City of Seattle and Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) to investigate how physically distant technology access and assistance could support workers in a new economy. The Digital Bridge project is just one of many…

Fulbright Fellow, Matias Centeno, examines reshaping rural borders

September 28, 2021

During 2014, Matias Centeno worked with TASCHA to better understand how different information and communication technology (ICT) tools impacted family farming. Centeno’s research focuses primarily on the role of youth in the complex social transformation of agriculture and the way this transformation manifests itself in different social, economic, and cultural spaces. Centeno led research projects…

Launching collaborative research to produce a model for teaching civic education for the Arctic

September 8, 2021

“Arctic sea ice minimum, Sept. 15 2020” by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Jason Young, Nadine Fabbi (Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies), and Michelle Koutnik (Earth and Space Sciences) were awarded an NSF Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) grant funding the co-design of civic education programs for the circumpolar north. The Arctic region is…

Researchers receive IMLS grants supporting community work

August 6, 2021

Photo by SounderBruce, CC BY-SA 2.0 This summer, TASCHA researchers have received several competitive grants funding various projects. From archive work to misinformation education, TASCHA is thrilled that our researchers will be able to use this funding to further social change in our local communities. Tacoma Public Library aims to co-develop community archives with assistance…