We are often asked how students can get involved with the work that we do at 
TASCHA. During Winter Quarter 2017, TASCHA is leading a Research Seminar in the 
Information School (INFX 571), offering students a chance to get real world 
ICTD and research experience.

INFX 571: TASCHA Research Seminar

How can information and communication technologies (ICTs) improve the lives of 
people living in resource constrained environments? The Technology & Social 
Change Group (TASCHA) is an applied research center at the Information School 
dedicated to generating insights and innovations around this question. With 
experience in over 50 countries, TASCHA's research programs have driven change 
in several sectors, especially public libraries, and influenced global policy 
discourses. The TASCHA Research Seminar offers students the opportunity to gain 
experience working on the center's current research. The type of activity 
varies quarter by quarter. Typically, there are multiple research opportunities 
and students will split into teams to match student interests with center 

Options for Winter Quarter 2017

Mobile Information Literacy

For billions of people coming online around the world, the mobile phone (and 
increasingly a smartphone) is their point of entry to the internet. This has 
potentially profound implications for how people interact with information, 
including one's conceptualization of the internet itself. The different 
affordances and limitations of the PC and the mobile phone influence how people 
search, how much and what types of information people produce, uses of social 
media, safety and security considerations, and other information behaviors. 
TASCHA's work in this area aims to (1) identify and better understand the 
information behavior differences between PC and mobile phone uses, (2) create a 
digital and information literacy framework outlining the different competencies 
and skills needed for mobile-first and mobile-centric populations, (3) develop 
digital and information literacy curricula targeting the specific needs of 
mobile-first and mobile-centric users, and (4) work with other organizations 
and public libraries to adapt these curricula for different contexts.

TASCHA's work in Myanmar produced an initial set of learning modules, and the 
priority for Winter 2017 is to adapt and extend this curriculum for Kenya. 
There are several planned activities for Winter 2017. The type of work students 
will engage in will depend on their skill sets and interests, but could include:

  *   Conducting literature reviews and reports on topics related to: 
information and digital literacy (with a focus on device differences between 
PCs and mobiles), country comparisons of mobile phone environments), and others.
  *   Creating curriculum content and training materials for a project in Kenya
  *   Contributing to the development of a mobile information literacy framework
  *   Building tools (e.g. instructional videos, applications, webinars, web 
platforms) to effectively deliver Mobile Information Literacy curriculum and 
  *   Developing monitoring and evaluation protocols and carrying out 
activities to measure the efficacy and impact of the Mobile Information 
Literacy curriculum, trainings, and other activities

Future of Libraries: What are the big questions?

Advances in communication technologies have expanded possibilities for economic 
and social development around the globe. One critical, yet often overlooked, 
community-based asset is the world's 300,000 public libraries. While many 
libraries have developed innovative programs and services to help individuals 
and communities thrive in the knowledge society, much work remains to be done. 
TASCHA, in collaboration with the International Federation of Library 
Associations and Institutions and the Public Library Association, is embarking 
on a long-term effort in support of a vision where every public library is a 
driver of community development. In achieving this vision, what advances, 
breakthroughs, innovations, or other changes need to occur? To guide our work 
in this area, TASCHA will be developing a collection of priority questions in 
cooperation with leading thinkers inside and outside the library field (one 
model is the World Bank's 2005 ICTs in education challenges and research 
 For Winter 2017, students will work with TASCHA researchers to develop a 
public report that synthesizes current knowledge and emergent ideas about the 
future of libraries. This report will form the basis of a dialogue to surface 
and prioritize the big questions facing the field. Seminar activities will 

  *   Conducting reviews of academic and grey literatures
  *   Monitoring conversations on listservs, social media, and other media
  *   Analyzing collected materials for trends and gaps
  *   Writing report sections


  *   Time & location: To be arranged
  *   Open to all graduate students
  *   Students with any level or type of technology and research ability are 
welcome in this course.
  *   The course will be 3-credits and graded CR/NC.
  *   Go here to 
register<http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/WIN2017/95infx.html>. For 
more information, please email tascha (at) uw (dot) edu<mailto:tas...@uw.edu>.

Melody Clark
Communications Manager
Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
University of Washington Information School
melcl...@uw.edu<mailto:melcl...@uw.edu> | 206.303.7910
Twitter: @taschagroup<https://twitter.com/taschagroup> | 

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