ePhD for Underrepresent Groups

Contact: Contact: Dr. Allyson Carlyle
 Associate Professor and Ph.D. Chair
 (206) 619-1608; acarlyle@u.washington.edu 
University of Washington Information School Awarded IMLS Grant to  Support Four Doctoral Students from Underrepresented Groups in Library and Information Science
SEATTLE, Wash.-June 28, 2007-The Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) has provided a $730,000 grant to fund a cohort of four doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented groups at the
 University of Washington Information School.  In addition to  support for four new doctoral students in library and information science, the grantsupports development of an intense mentoring program.
 The School will award grants as part of the regular admissions process. The students will be accepted during the March 2008 admissions cycle, for matriculation in autumn 2008. Acceptance will be based largely on shared student-faculty interests.  Goals of this grant are to mount a vigorous recruitment effort to  attract a highly competitive pool of students from traditionally underrepresented groups; to provide intensive faculty mentoring for those students; to provide intensive mentoring and engagement with library leaders in the Puget Sound area; and to create a model for mentoring library and information science doctoral students, based on an evaluation of actual experiences in the project.  “The University of Washington has committed itself to increasing
 student diversity,” said doctoral program chair Allyson Carlyle. “A key goal of our new strategic plan is to recruit, support, and  place a high-quality, diverse student body of leaders and innovators in the information fields.  This grant fits squarely into this very important goal, and will support the quality and breadth of scholarship at the
 Information School.”  For more information about the Information School’s doctoral program, visit http://www.infoscience.washington.edu
 The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums  that connect people to information and ideas. Information about IMLS can be found at http://www.imls.gov.
 The University of Washington Information School produces inspired academics and professionals who value the importance of information in our society. With its dedicated faculty and staff, The Information  School (iSchool) is about  changing lives for the better-through  information. Part of the oldest public university on the west Coast , the iSchool takes pride in its collaborative culture, and is a place where inclusiveness and connectedness are celebrated as necessary parts of academic excellence in the 21st century.


Children’s Book DriveRead Across Jamaica Foundation, a non-profit organization in Maryland is reaching out to the community asking for your help with our book drive. The Read Across Jamaica Literacy Project provides children in rural Jamaica with books that encourage, motivate and challenges them to dream.

From August 1 – Sept 8, 2007, visit our Wish List of Books and donate a book to the cause of literacy. Books will be shipped to Jamaica as a gift to the children and their school libraries as they recognize “International Literacy Day – Sept 8th”.

Help make a difference by donating a new book today or contact us for your donation of gently used books.

Ja’nice Wisdom
Read Across Jamaica Foundation, Inc.  
Visit Read Across Jamaica Foundation, Inc.’s entire Wish List http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/2H9WIDVUCTTRO

Book Review: Sofi Mendoza’s guide to getting lost in Mexico


   Sofi Mendoza’s guide to getting lost in Mexico

author:  Melin Alegria

2007, Simon and Schuster

Main character:  Sofi Mendoza

If you’re a teenage girl growing up in California with friends who like to party, and the guy you most want to party with is going to be at what promises to be a very hot party this weekend, you’d probably disobey your parents and go to the party.  Even if the party were across the border in Mexico.  And that’s what Sofi Mendoza does.  And that’s just what she shouldn’t have done!!

 Sofi is so Americanized that she only knows a little of the Spanish she’s learned in school.  She doesn’t know the hardships her parents faced in Mexico and she even thinks the ethnic slurs her White American friends have adapted are cute and funny.  Things change abruptly for Sofi when she is detained in Mexico longer than she’s ever expected. Through situations which arise, she learns a lot about the country from where her family came, about her family and about herself.

Melin Alegria, author of Estrella’s Quinceanera, based this story on a real incident of a US citizen who was detained in Mexico for several years while her citizenship was debated in court.  Alegria developed the occurence into an energetic and engaging plot which brings to light many issues facing young Mexicans today.  The story almost ends too soon as situations are easily maneuvered.  The book maintains a feel of authenticity with sprinklings of Spanish, vivid descriptions of places and well developed characters.  It helps to know that there is a glossary at the back of the book. 

While young Latinos will enjoy this book, any young person who reads it will enjoy the quick moving plot and should enjoy a glimpse into another culture.

themes:  Mexican culture; immigration; family; education

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Free book to help single parents

New book launched called “199 Commandments For Living Better On Less Money,” written by Roy Primm  dedicated to helping more families, single mothers and financially strapped consumers shop smarter.

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book review: It Chicks

It Chicks by Tia Williams

Jump at the Sun; 2007

Author Tia Williams has been a beauty writer and editor at YM, Elle, Lucky, and Glamour magazines, has co-written books with super model Iman and anchored fashion shows for teens.  Her interest in the fashion industry is clear has her book is laden with teens who have grown up knowledge of cosmetics, drugs, sex and alchohol.  Unlike most teen books where the young characters might experiment in a few of these adult arenas, Ms. Williams characters have much experience in life.  They have no angst, doubt or uncertainty about the world.  But then, these are not typical teens.  These are very talented, artistic young people who are someone isolated from the rest of the world as the concentrate on developing their talents and careers.  If the characters had greater depth, perhaps they would not read like twentysomethings in high school. 

book review: Baby Girl

Baby Girl by Lenora Adams

Simon Pulse, 2007

Main character:  Sheree

I almost missed this book.  But, I’ve come to learn that no matter how well you think you know what’s out there for teens of color, you have to take the time to look through every shelf, website and library to find out what’s new.  I keep thinking that there must be one source, one site I’m missing out there to find these books, but no!  I guess this is it! 

Anyway, about the book!

 This is Ms. Adams first book.  While she is currently a stay at home mom, she was at one time a worker in a halfway house as describe in this book.

I read Baby Girl wondering if the young ladies caught up in life, with parents who couldn’t or wouldn’t provide a strong foundation for them, would find this book and if they could hear the message?  Baby Girl isn’t preachy.  It provides an honest look into the life of a young girl who has grown up with a mother as a friend and little time to be a child.  Sheree tells most of the story in the form of a letter to her mother.  A surprising twist is added when Sheree’s mother respond’s by writing a letter of her own.  The book ends in a letter from Sheree to her son.

Sheree’s hard life is described in a manner which is open and frank.  She’s practically had to raise herself, so we observe as she makes decisions and experiences the consequences.  Sheree has a very close friend who seems to have a very different life from her, but we eventually come to realize the deep seated issues the two girls have in common.  Young readers with similar issues will find a little guidance in the book and a whole lot of hope.

 themes:  resilliance; parenting; relationships; abuse (emotional; chemical); support