Lectures and Conferences


The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) invites distinguished scholars and industry leaders to share their knowledge and expertise with students, faculty, and the general public throughout the year. When possible and with the speaker's permission, we record talks and post them to our YouTube channel. The following list highlights four of our most prominent, recurring lecture series:


Symposium on Information for Social Good
Four students on a symposium panel SILS hosted its first Symposium on Information for Social Good on April 21, 2017. Through panels and poster presentations, SILS graduate and undergraduate students addressed advanced questions and problems related to current ethical and social justice issues that impact information science. The format has remained the same for subsequent symposiums, though the theme and focus change each year. Visit info4socialgood.web.unc.edu for more information and slides from each year's presentations.

Symposium on Blockchain and Trusted Repositories
SILS brought together speakers and organized panels to address the technical, financial, and legal/regulatory issues related to current and potential blockchain applications. The event was sponsored by the SILS Knowledge Trust, UNC Center for Media Law & Policy and The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. A water main break in Chapel Hill and the resulting water shortage forced the symposium to conclude less than halfway through its scheduled time. Slides from the speakers have bee shared on the event's website.

CHIIR 2016
Three CHIIR participants discuss a posterThe first annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2016) was held March 13-17, 2016, in Chapel Hill. Over 130 attendees came from all over the world to share and discuss research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR (pronounced “cheer”) was the merger of two successful previous events, the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR). In addition to the usual conference highlights–including poster presentations, paper sessions, keynotes, and workshops–the event featured an early look at Google User Study Mobile, a van the company has equipped to serve as a portable user studies lab. CHIIR was one of the first stops on the lab’s cross-country tour.  

Full conference proceeding are now available from the ACM Digital Library or search CHIIR at dl.acm.org

iPRES 2015
Lisa Nakamura delivers her keynote address SILS and UNC’s Odum Institute for Research in Social Science co-presented the 12th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES) November 2-6, 2015, in Chapel Hill. The conference drew 327 delegates from 22 countries, and the program included 12 long papers, 15 short papers, 33 posters, three demos, six workshops, three tutorials, and five panels, as well as several interactive sessions and a Digital Preservation Showcase. iPRES rotates between Asia, Europe, and North America. It had not been in North America since 2009, and it will not return until 2018. Each of the iPRES2015 contributions can be accessed through the iPRES2015 proceedings collection at http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:429627. For the full proceedings volume, see specifically https://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:429524.

Keynote addresses are available to watch on the SILS Vimeo channel:

Cover of the IP2050 publication SILS celebrated the ending of its 80th anniversary year by taking a forward look at the future of our field and its graduates during the Information Professionals 2050 (IP2050) Symposium and Conference, June 4-5, 2012.  Sixteen information and library science leaders were invited to participate in the symposium where they presented position statements and discussed each of their perceptions of how the changes on the horizon will impact how students are educated, institutions are designed and how we may prepare for emerging technologies. They each presented their ideas at the conference which was held the following day, June 5, 2012, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The result of the conference and symposium are documented in the book edited by Drs. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Barbara B. Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor, Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050): Educational Possibilities and Pathways publication. The video of the day-long conference may be viewed at Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference video.