*Who*: Stacey Wedlake <https://tascha.uw.edu/people/stacey-wedlake/>,
Technology and Social Change group
*What*: Kenyan public librarians’ role in mobile-centric information access
*Where*: EEB 037
*When*: Noon-1pm, Tuesday, 5/22

*Abstract*: Mobile phones and smartphones have become the entry point to
the internet for billions of people around the world. In these
mobile-centric contexts, accessibility, manifestation of social ecosystems,
and the affordances of mobile devices shape people’s participation in the
digital world. Through these changes, public libraries continue to connect
people to information. Informed by Burnett and Jaeger’s theory of
information worlds, this research examines how, in a mobile-centric
environment, Kenyan public libraries and librarians play a critical role in
the physical, intellectual, and social information access in their
communities. Influenced by their personal technology engagement,
information worlds and behavior, and perceived community need, Kenyan
librarians' individual diversity of access directly impacts how
mobile-centric community members access information. These findings were
elucidated in March, over the course of a Mobile Information Literacy (MIL)
training developed by the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at
the University of Washington Information School. Addressing the
technological and information literacies needed for smartphone internet
use, public library specialists completed their training and have begun
developing their own trainings which will cascade down to their communities.

*Bio*: Stacey is a research coordinator with the Technology & Social Change
Group. Her research interests include understanding the affordances and
limitations of using different types of devices to interact with the
Internet and what technology skills and access people need to accomplish
their goals. Before coming to the UW, she taught basic computer classes at
a nonprofit, community college, and as Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia.
Stacey holds degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Library and
Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Washington. She earned a
BA in Communication from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).
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