Author Archives: Kristin Fontichiaro

Making Data Relevant at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

We caught up in May with Eleanor Tutt of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, who also has funding from IMLS to work on data but with a focus on citizen engagement with data. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post outlining … Continue reading

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Ethical Data Example: Black Bears and GPS Tracking

Here’s a snip of a cool article from the Smithsonian that reminds us that while data collection and sharing can be great, sometimes data’s immediacy can cause new problems and it’s important to put the brakes on. Sure, park rangers at Yosemite … Continue reading

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Data Viz: News Deserts

The Columbia Journalism Review has been assembling a national map showing “news deserts” around the United States. It’s utterly fascinating. In some states, like Nebraska, nearly half the state does not have a daily newspaper (or hasn’t reported one). How does that … Continue reading

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Mapping the Opioid Crisis

First things first. You may have heard of the opioid crisis, but what is an opioid? I was surprised that when I went looking for a list of which prescription drugs are classed as opioids, it was somewhat tricky to … Continue reading

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How Silicon Valley Influences Public School Curriculum

Natasha Singer writes today in the New York Times about the impact Silicon Valley is having in and on public education. This is part of an ongoing series that I’ve been waiting for some time for someone outside of the … Continue reading

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What does the TechShop corporate strategy shift indicate?

Make has republished the letter TechShop CEO Dan Woods to his membership in which he announces a change in focus from standalone membership-driven makerspaces to a licensed model inside existing institutions like schools: Today TechShop is making a fundamental change in … Continue reading

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Our data literacy project featured in School Library Journal!

Thank you to Carli Spina and School Library Journal for featuring the work of our project alongside that of Eleanor Tutt and her team at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Catherine d’Ignazio and Samantha Viotty of Emerson College’s Engagement Lab. From Spina’s … Continue reading

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Library 2.017 Presentation: Four Out of Five Dentists Say Coca-Cola Cures Cancer!: Data Literacy Strategies to Help Patrons Identify Fake – or Just Bad – Information

Hello! Thanks to Steve Hargadon for encouraging me to participate in today’s Library 2.017 conference on digital literacy and fake news with a short presentation on data literacy strategies. My slide deck is here, and you can view the archived … Continue reading

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Registration open for 4T Data Literacy conference July 20-21!

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End-of-year maker reflections

I’m noodling these days on the theme of program evaluation — those times when we step aside and take stock of what we’ve done, what we’re planning to do, where we’re succeeding, and where we’re failing. It’s also a time … Continue reading

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