Recent Submissions

  • The social, cultural & technological impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in family farming: the case of Washington State 

    Centeno, Matias; Garrido, Maria (Technology & Social Change Group, 2022-04-30)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated transformations that we were expecting to happen in decades. The so-called "new normal" gave way to a covidianity characterized by structural instability affecting daily life, the ...
  • Leveraging Open Data for Community Benefit: Process for Data Sources and Questions 

    Jowaisas, Chris (Technology & Social Change Group, 2022-04-04)
    As part of the “Leveraging Open Data for Community Benefit” project, an exploration of open data was undertaken to identify and examine open data sets that could be used in helping public library staff learn about their ...
  • Curbing Fake News: A Qualitative Study of the Readiness of Academic Librarians in Ghana 

    Daniel, Azerikatoa Ayoung; Frederic, Naazi-Ale Baada; Charles, Bugre (International Information & Library Review, 2022-03-03)
    While fake news has been a common problem for well over a century, the emergence of social media and smartphones has escalated its spread. This study adopts a qualitative approach to explore the readiness of academic ...
  • Overview of Interviews: Leveraging Use of Open Data by Public Library Staff for Community Benefit 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-12-07)
    The project, Leveraging Use of Open Data by Public Library Staff for Community Benefit (IMLS LG-246255-OLS-20), explored questions regarding the challenges and potential benefits of the use of open data by public library ...
  • Policy implications from a pandemic broadband adoption program for low-income job seekers 

    Wedlake, Stacey; Iribe Ramirez, Yvette; Carson, Kathleen; Jowaisas, Chris; Keyes, David; Houghton, Matthew (2021-12)
    In 2020, many organizations worked to increase broadband adoption in low-income households. Our study examines one Seattle effort that distributed 197 refurbished computers and 174 internet hotspots to low-income job ...
  • Recording: Open Data Challenges in the Public Library Domain 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-11-22)
    Public librarians are eager to learn more about their communities and to provide services or programming that address current community needs. Open data has the potential to answer many of the questions librarians are ...
  • Open Data Challenges in the Public Library Domain 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-11-22)
    Public librarians are eager to learn more about their communities and to provide services or programming that address current community needs. Open data has the potential to answer many of the questions librarians are ...
  • Leveraging Open Data for Community Benefit: Next Steps 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree; Schwartz, Lindsey (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-11-20)
    This planning grant, “Leveraging Open Data for Community Benefit”, focused on exploring the potential of open data to assist library staff in planning library services and programs to address the needs of their communities. ...
  • Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and policy implications from a technology access and distribution program for low-income job seekers 

    Wedlake, Stacey (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-09-22)
    Lower income households, significantly less likely to have a computer or internet at home, were disproportionately impacted by the historic job losses in the Spring of 2020. In response, a Seattle-based workforce development ...
  • Help is really necessary”: Case study of a technology distribution program for low-income job seekers 

    Wedlake, Stacey (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-09-14)
    Pre-pandemic, some job training incorporated technology access and digital literacy development for low-income job seekers but these were often neglected parts of programs and services. COVID-19 made them essential components ...
  • Digital Bridge: Providing Digital Access to Low-Income Job Seekers During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Carson, Kathleen; Wedlake, Stacey; Houghton, Matthew; Khoshbakhtian, Anisa; Keyes, David; Iribe Ramirez, Yvette (Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2021-09-01)
    The digital divide has long been recognized as a factor contributing to the economic marginalization of low-income communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color (BIPOC communities).1–7 The ...
  • Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and policy implications from a technology access and distribution program for low-income job seekers 

    Wedlake, Stacey; Iribe Ramirez, Yvette; Carson, Kathleen; Jowaisas, Chris; Keyes, David; Houghton, Matthew (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-08-03)
    In the United States, lower income households are significantly less likely to have a computer or internet at home and were disproportionately impacted by the historic job losses in the Spring of 2020. In response, a ...
  • The role of libraries in misinformation programming: A research agenda 

    Young, Jason; Boyd, Brandyn; Yefimova, Katya; Wedlake, Stacey; Coward, Chris; Hapel, Rolf (Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2020-10-26)
    Misinformation, or fake news, has exploded across social media platforms and communities over the past few years, with serious social and political implications. Many library practitioners and organizations have argued ...
  • Data for advocacy: A Survey of data practices in African library systems 

    Lynch, Renee; Jowaisas, Chris; Boakye-Achampong, Stanley; Young, Jason; Sam, Joel; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021-04)
    African libraries are drivers of development in their countries. However, many of these libraries struggle to use data for self-advocacy in order to gain wider support from government bodies, development organizations, and ...
  • Public Libraries and Development across Sub-Saharan Africa: Overcoming a Problem of Perception 

    Young, Jason; Lynch, Renee; Boakye-Achampong, Stanley; Jowaisas, Chris; Sam, Joel (De Gruyter, 2021-04-29)
    Public libraries and development organizations share many common goals that make them strong potential partners in the Global South. In spite of these commonalities, libraries are often overlooked as development partners. ...
  • Advancing Library visibility in Africa - Data Survey (Survey Flow) 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Boakye-Achampong, Stanley; Lynch, Renee; Norlander, Bree; Sam, Joel; Young, Jason (Technology & Social Change Group, 2020-08-01)
    This survey is part of a research project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that examines the current context and needs of library systems in regards to data collection and use across the African continent.
  • E-rate Funding and Libraries: Preliminary Analysis of Trends Post-Modernization 

    Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2021)
    Libraries in the United States have access to discounts on internet and telecommunications services through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Schools and Libraries Program, also known as E-rate. While the ...
  • Benefits of crowdsourcing for libraries: A case study from Africa 

    Lynch, Renee; Young, Jason; Boakye-Achampong, Stanley; Jowaisas, Chris; Sam, Joel; Norlander, Bree (Technology & Social Change Group, 2020-09)
    Many libraries in the Global South do not collect comprehensive data about themselves, which creates challenges in terms of local and international visibility. Crowdsourcing is an effective tool that engages the public to ...
  • Connecting African libraries and development organizations: Perceptions and possibilities 

    Lynch, Renee; Young, Jason; Jowaisas, Chris; Boakye-Achampong, Stanley; Sam, Joel (Technology & Social Change Group, 2020)
    While perceptions of African libraries as development partners remain low and limited by development organizations, it is possible to change these perceptions. Quantitative data are necessary but insufficient in demonstrating ...
  • Namibia’s Regional Libraries: Evaluation Brief 

    Coward, Chris; Fellows, Michelle; Rothschild, Chris; Yim, Moonjung; Gill, Algerlynn (Technology & Social Change Group, 2020-08)
    The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington’s Information School was commissioned by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to conduct a performance evaluation of Namibia’s regional ...

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