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.  

Guest Lecture: Anne Klinefelter

April19, 2022, 3 p.m. ET   |   Register Here   

Lecture Title: United States and European Union Data Privacy Laws:  Ten Points of Comparison Plus New Hope for EU Data Transfers to the U.S.

Lecture Asbtract: Data drives research and innovation in the U.S. and in the European Union, but the law governing personal data collection and use is not the same for each jurisdiction.  Professor Anne Klinefelter draws on her Fulbright experience in Finland and expertise in United States privacy law to highlight ten points of comparison for U.S. and EU data protection and privacy law.  In this presentation she will explain the challenges of transfer of data from the EU to the U.S. and describe a new agreement to support this data flow.  

Bio: Anne Klinefelter is Director of the Law Library and Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law. She teaches courses in privacy law and writes and speaks on information law and policy topics, particularly as these areas apply to libraries and legal information management. As Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in Fall of 2019, she taught United States Privacy Law at the University of Helsinki and researched aspects of European Union data protection law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum. Her leadership in the law librarianship profession was recognized in 2019 with the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) section on Academic Law Libraries. In 2012 she received the AALL Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2012 for her work in privacy law and policy relating to libraries.

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Personal History of SILS by Dr. Fred W. Roper 

As 90th Anniversary celebrations for the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) continue in the Spring 2022 semester, alum and former faculty member Dr. Fred Roper (AB '60, MSLS '62) presents a personal history of SILS.

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
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Bob Anthony (MSLS, '82)
Curator, North Carolina Collection (retired)
University of North Carolina
January 18, 2022, 3:00pm

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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 22, 2022, 3:00pm

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.

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Timothy Owens (MSLS ’91)
State Librarian of North Carolina
Friday, October 29, 12:00pm ET
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Wei Gao (MSIS '01)
Chief Operating Officer, Hopin
Friday, December 3, 12:00pm ET

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Meredith Evans (Ph.D '06)
Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Friday, January 28, 12:00pm ET

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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.

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Friday, August 20, 12:00 pm ET
Francesca Tripodi
Cal Lee
Helen Tibbo
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Friday, August 27, 12:00 pm ET
Megan Winget
Jaime Arguello
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Friday, September 3, 12:00 pm ET
Ron Bergquist
Ray Wang
Melanie Feinberg
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Friday, September 17, 12:00 pm ET
Brian Sturm
Fei Yu
Casey Rawson

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

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

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

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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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SILS Homecoming

Saturday, September 25
Noon-3:00pm ET 
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.