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December 28, 2017

Musing on Algorithmic Bias

Chloe Horning

At the Critical Pedagogy Summit at the beginning of the month, a thought occurred to me: Understanding ‘ways of knowing’ and modes of discovering information that are not our own, but which belong to people with different cultural and personal experiences from ours, requires subtlety, complexity, and work.   But it seems to me that, as Barbara Fister puts it, libraries have a “black box” problem, wherein librarians are under increasing…


December 20, 2017

A Net Neutrality Snapshot  

Chloe Horning

Earlier in the month, I wrote about the Critical Pedagogy Summit, and Ivette Bayo Urban’s work around communicating the importance of Net Neutrality and its implications for social justice.  Welp, it turns out that Joni Mitchell was right again, and we didn’t know what we had until now that it’s gone. But ISPs haven’t paved our internet paradise just…


December 15, 2017

Is CRAAP dead? An inquest.  

Chloe Horning

I quite like the ACRL monthly digital publication “Keeping up With.” If you don’t receive it in your inbox each month; “Keeping up with” provides a brief rundown of a current library issue, with some citations at the end to check out. In November, the ‘Keeping up with” article, by Elizabeth Boden, was on debiasing and fake news, a topic that is probably…


December 7, 2017

A Recap of the UW Critical Pedagogy Summit

Chloe Horning

A Recap of the UW Critical Pedagogy Summit This past Saturday, December 2, I travelled down to the UW Seattle campus to check out the Critical Pedagogy Summit, which was co-hosted in the UW Libraries Research Commons and the  wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ-Intellectual house and sponsored by the Information School.  This Summit brought together faculty, staff, and graduate students from across all three campuses to address pedagogical and technological needs of intersectional…


October 26, 2017

Thanks from HSL and Open Access Week

Nikki Dettmar

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the Health Sciences Library during National Medical Librarians Month! From how we use our website & toolkits to serve our users’ information needs, supporting clinicians’ information needs through education, and the use of quality improvement tools in the library and the coverage from our Regional Medical Library colleagues…


October 18, 2017

Quality Improvement Tools in the Library

Andrea L. Ball

Have you ever had a quality improvement (QI) project where you needed to analyze the data and then construct a game plan for moving forward? There are several QI tools that can help.   Let’s say you have the opportunity to revamp a library service and you decide to hold a series of focus groups….


October 11, 2017

Supporting Clinicians with Their Information Needs through Education

Frances Chu

Practicing clinicians – doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. – taking care of patients need information to help inform their practice and determine how best to care for patients so that they receive high quality and safe care. Even though the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) no longer specifies the need for libraries…


October 4, 2017

Hello from HSL: National Medical Librarians Month

Nikki Dettmar

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the important role that medical librarians have in healthcare, research, education, and the public’s health. Librarians from the Health Sciences Library (HSL) will be posting on Dangerous Liaisons this month and other UW Librarians are encouraged to learn more and share…


September 28, 2017

Recommended Reading: Academic Library Impact

Laura Dimmit

I’ve been reading through Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research, which was released this week (the result of a partnership between ACRL and OCLC Research). Especially at this time of year, when we are welcoming students back to our campuses, preparing for a busy season of teaching, and and just generally turning…


September 19, 2017

DACA: What Educators Need To Know

Reed Garber-Pearson

Last night I attended a community forum for educators put on by the Washington Dream Coalition. It was a comprehensive overview of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), some best practices for working with undocumented students and families, and a ton of great resources. As educators and those working with students, it’s important to stay…


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