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June 9, 2017

Measures of Central Tendency

Kian Flynn

1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 8, 8, 8, 9. You may remember encountering a data set like this when you were first learning about data and statistics in grade school. And soon after, a teacher probably introduced the concept of “measures of central tendency”—the mean (or average), the median, and the mode—to help make sense…


June 2, 2017

Geospatial Literacy? Yes, Maps Need Critical Evaluation Too

Kian Flynn

In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, “information literacy” and “news literacy” were much buzzed about terms in the popular media, and librarians across the country were called upon to battle the scourge of “fake news” and deceptive information in our “post-truth” world. PBS, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and many other news…


June 1, 2017

Cultural Humility and Libraries: An Alternative to Cultural Competence

Nia Lam

Last week, some folks at the Bothell Campus Library got together to watch a webinar titled “Cultural Humility and Libraries: An Alternative to Cultural Competence.” The speakers were Sarah Kostelecky, David Hurley, and Lori Townsend, from the University of New Mexico. The free webinar was sponsored by the the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy &…


May 30, 2017

Thank You, From the Class of 2017

Nicola Andrews

This week marks the end of Spring Quarter, and with it, graduation; including the Information School Convocation ceremony this Saturday.  As of March, the Reference Division of UW Libraries employs over fifty students as employees and Graduate Assistants.  While graduation is a time for celebration, I also wanted to take some time to reflect on how…


May 25, 2017

Fine, Let’s Talk about Fake News

Nia Lam

Recently, I’ve been getting more requests from instructors to incorporate more discussion of fake news into my information literacy instruction. At first, I felt somewhat unsure about how to respond to these requests. Were instructors looking for shortcuts or tips…like “how to tell if something is fake news in 3 easy steps?” How would this…


May 24, 2017

Imagining Unicorn Frappuccinos on the Information Timeline: An Experiment in Student Engagement on Canvas

Nicole Gustavsen

  Written collaboratively by Nicole Gustavsen and Chelsea Nesvig Recently, we were able to try something new with an online English 102 class here at the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library. It is a required research writing course at Cascadia College that we librarians target for information literacy instruction – whether taught face-to-face,…


May 11, 2017

Keeping Up with… Digital Pedagogy

Nia Lam

I have heard many different terms that indicate online teaching and learning. Distance education. eLearning (or e-learning).  Flipped classroom. Blended learning. Hybrid courses. In the past year or so, I have been hearing more and more about digital pedagogy. It sounds self-explanatory, in that it has something to do with digital tools and the practice…


May 10, 2017

Save the date! Critical Librarianship in Practice: 2017 Unconference @ UW Libraries

Nia Lam

The Unconference is back! Critical Librarianship in Practice: 2017 Unconference @ UW Libraries You are invited to join library colleagues in conversation on critical librarianship in practice August 25th, 2017 at the University of Washington’s Odegaard Library. Interested in sharing ideas and best practices? Please fill out the lightning talk proposal form. Successful proposals will…


May 3, 2017

Gone Phishing

Nicola Andrews

Happy Choose Privacy Week! We are in the middle of Choose Privacy Week, and as such it is more than fitting that the relevance in thinking critically about how we use technology be demonstrated by today’s substantial phishing campaign, which attempted to gain access to Google accounts. The attack seemed to be launched this morning,…


April 17, 2017

Librarians March for Science in Seattle

Nicole Gustavsen

The international March for Science is coming up Saturday April 22nd on Earth Day, and of course librarians all over the country are getting in on it. We support the work of scientists in countless ways, from providing top quality collections, to reference services for faculty and students, and assistance with scholarly communications and its…


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