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Workshop 3b: #WithRefugees - Workshop on Field and Design Methods for Supporting Refugees through Library Services and Other Social and Policy Innovations, Part 1 of 2
Wednesday, 22/Mar/2017:
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Karen Fisher, University of Washington
Location: Hanyang Hall
Location: Third Floor Capacity: 60 Size: 73㎡


Session Abstract

Over 65 million people worldwide, half of them children, are displaced by war and persecution, marking the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Whether living in camps, in border or destination countries, or while transiting, refugees and stakeholders have substantial, wide-ranging needs that can be supported by the iSchool community. The UN Refugee Agency in 2016 issued a call to stand #WithRefugees. With its focus on people, information and technology, the iSchool researchers have much to offer through designing information services, systems and policy. In this workshop, participants will build on their experiences working with refugees across settings, learn basic methods for carrying out fieldwork and other methods that are sensitive to gender, culture, time, place, and stakeholders. Participants will also learn how using co-design techniques – storyboards, maps, narrative drawings, and personas – can inform the creation of library services, innovations and policy. For more information and to submit a 500 word position paper by 23 Jan 2017, visit

Organizers: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington, USA; Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany ; Gunilla Widén, Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Jamie Johnston, University Oslo and Akershus, Norway; Katya Yefimova, University of Washington, USA; Serap Kurbanoglu, Haceteppe University, Turkey

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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