Reflections on Libraries as Vital Community Resources

April 9, 2019

  TASCHA Researcher Rolf Hapel on, “What are the best practices/ways for libraries to distinguish themselves as vital resources in a community?” There are some important features and attributes of libraries that might not be regarded as extremely unique individually, but put together, they form a very strong and unique societal fabric/platform for the library….

ALVA Update: Post-Beta Testing of Location Platform

October 24, 2018

Part 1 – The pre-launch work and learning One of the initial aims of the Advancing Library Visibility in Africa (ALVA) project is to collect basic data about libraries in multiple countries. Based off of our conversations and experiences working with partners, we had heard of or seen widespread gaps in information about public and…

Session at ALA: Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession

June 20, 2018

Attending the American Libraries Association Conference (ALA) in New Orleans? Join TASCHA Research Scientist Chris Jowaisas at the panel Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession. The panel dives into one strategy to make this connection – a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence (DPIR). In June, Susan Hildreth finished her two year…

Gates Foundation awards TASCHA with 10-year grant to advance public libraries as agents of social change

April 2, 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School with a $16 million “legacy” grant to conduct research that will aid the global transformation of public libraries as centers of learning, creativity, and community development. The Gates Foundation announced that at the end of…

A dynamic approach to digital skills: Chris Coward’s remarks at Mobile Learning Week

March 28, 2018

Tuesday morning, TASCHA Director Chris Coward spoke at the “Defining and mainstreaming digital skills” plenary at Mobile Learning Week. You can read his remarks below and see Twitter reactions from the remarks. Learn more about TASCHA’s participation in Mobile Learning Week on our blog. A dynamic approach to digital skills Mobile Learning Week March 27,…

DA2I webinar: Meaningful access to information to leave no one behind

September 22, 2017

On Monday September 25, to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), IFLA will host a webinar about the report Development and Access to Information (DA2I). The report, developed as a partnership with TASCHA and IFLA, explores how access to information contributes to the SDGs. IFLA will also present DA2I supporting materials so you…

TASCHA & IFLA report explores how access to information contributes to development

July 17, 2017

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) report, Development and Access to Information, has been released in partnership with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The report, officially launched at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on July 17, 2017, explores how access to information contributes to the Sustainable Development…

Mind the (information) gap: Making the case for action by governments

July 14, 2017

Just days before the full launch of the Development and Access to Information (DA2I) 2017 Report, participants at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) had a first glimpse at its findings on Tuesday11 July. TASCHA’s Maria Garrido, alongside Donna Scheeder (President, IFLA), Nancy Hafkin (Women in Global Science and Technology), and Quinn McKew (Deputy Executive Director,…

Making development smart & inclusive: Launch of the Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report coming soon

July 9, 2017

Everyone Can Develop, But Not Without Access to Information Ten years ago, Oxfam launched a successful campaign based on the proverb: ‘Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.’ The idea is an easy one to understand – sustainable solutions…

TASCHA goes to Next Library 2017

June 2, 2017

Some members of the TASCHA team will be visiting Denmark June 11-14 to participate in the Next Library conference, an event intended to explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century. TASCHA Director Chris Coward and Assistant Director Rebecca Sears will be leading an interactive session and an ignite talk…