90th Anniversary Events

Over course of this year long celebration, SILS hopes to bring you a variety of events.  Below you will find information about those events which have been planned.  

SILS Homecoming

Saturday, September 25
Noon-3:00pm ET 
Register by September 21 to guarantee lunch.

Alumni and friends are invited back to campus to reminiscence over a picnic lunch and learn what’s happening at SILS now by visiting research labs in Manning Hall and meeting with SILS faculty, including Jaime Arguello, Maggie Melo, Arcot Rajasekar, David Gotz, and Ray Wang, as well as CITAP Executive Director Katy Peters.

To find out who has told us they will be coming to SILS Homecoming check here.

Special thanks to the SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) for co-sponsoring this event!  

Click here for descriptions of additional sponsorship opportunities, or contact SILS Associate Dean of Development Anne Webb at Anne_Webb@unc.edu or (919) 962-3499 for more information. 

Parking: Note that September 25, is a non-football weekend.  There is no cost to parking on UNC campus during on a non-football Saturday.  Visitors can park in any non-reserved space on campus.  

Alumni Lecture
Preparing students to work in inclusive environments: are LIS programs doing enough?

Ericka Patillo (MSLS 1999, PhD 2018) will be delivering the first of the alumni lecture series. The lecture will be given Wednesday, October 13, 3-4pm via zoom webinar, registration is required.  Register Here

Abstract: LIS programs have made strides in introducing students to diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns, especially in terms of serving a diverse community of users and customers. But attrition of library workers of color and Photograph of Ericka Patillo work environments that are not inclusive or safe for workers with intellectual, gender, mobility, modality, and neuro diversities suggest that we need to focus more on the environments where our students seek employment. We are preparing our increasingly diverse student bodies to enter perpetually heteronormative, ablest, and white supremacist work environments. Together, let’s discuss and create some approaches for bridging this gap.

Bio: Ericka J. Patillo, PhD, MSLS has been a library leader in the higher education arena for over 20 years. She has been a music librarian, a public services manager, a senior level administrator, and a teacher, advisor, and researcher, and currently works as Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She honors her ancestors and their ways of knowing while working to co-create an academic library culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and authentic. 



Alumni Lecture Series

Ericka Patillo (MSLS '99, PhD '16)
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wednesday, October 13, 3:00-4:00pm ET

Kate Moran (BSIS '13, MSIS '15)
Senior User Experience Specialist
Nielsen Norman Group
Thursday, November 11, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Bob Anthony (MSLS, '82)
Curator, North Carolina Collection (retired)
University of North Carolina
January 2022, TBD

Dani Cook (MSLS '13)
Associate Univeristy Librarian, Learning and User Experience
UC San Diego Library
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Ashlee Edwards (BSIS, '11, PhD, '16)
Senior Manager, Product Science
Snap, Inc
March 2022, TBD

Alumni Ask Me Anything Series

SILS alumni will discuss their career paths and professional experiences in the Ask Me Anything (AMA) format, answering pre-submitted questions and those posed by participants during the Zoom webinar.

Submit Alumni AMA Questions

Timothy Owens (MSLS ’91)
State Librarian of North Carolina
Friday, October 29, 12:00pm ET
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Wei Gao (MSIS '01)
Vice President, Amazon Grocery
Originally scheduled for Oct. 8, this session has been postponed. Check back soon for a new date and time. 

Faculty Ask Me Anything Series

SILS faculty will share their research and expertise in the Ask Me Anything (AMA) format, answering pre-submitted questions and those posed by participants during the Zoom webinar.

Submit Faculty AMA Questions

Friday, August 20, 12:00 pm ET
Francesca Tripodi
Cal Lee
Helen Tibbo
Watch the recording on our YouTube Channel

Friday, August 27, 12:00 pm ET
Megan Winget
Jaime Arguello
Watch the recording on our YouTube Channel

Friday, September 3, 12:00 pm ET
Ron Bergquist
Ray Wang
Melanie Feinberg
Watch the recording on our YouTube Channel

Friday, September 17, 12:00 pm ET
Brian Sturm
Fei Yu
Casey Rawson

Friday, October 1, 12:00 pm ET
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Ryan Shaw
Rob Capra
Mohammad Jarrahi

Friday, October 15, 12:00 pm ET
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Stephanie Haas
Sayamindu Dasgupta
Maggie Melo
Matt Perault

Friday, November 5, 12:00 pm ET
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Arcot Rajasekar
Brad Hemminger
Amelia Gibson
Javed Mostafa

Symposium on AI and Knowledge Work

Focused talks and panel discussions kick off a year-long examination of how technological developments and social upheavals, including those ushered by the COVID-19 pandemic, will shape information and knowledge work in the years and decades ahead. More information on the continuing discussion can be found here.

SILS faculty and invited experts from around the world will address key questions such as:

  • How are scientists, artists, journalists, designers, curators and other knowledge workers using advanced technologies to amplify and augment how they create and manage new information and knowledge?
  • How are these new ways of working affecting the form and function (nature) of their work and the ways these creators and problem solvers view themselves and their fields?
  • What kinds of effects are these applications of AI in knowledge work having on creative fields, knowledge management, and more broadly on human progress?
  • What kinds of educational initiatives should be considered and implemented to meet the challenges of changing knowledge work?

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