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Rising Star: Xavier Nonez

April 22, 2024

Xavier Nonez (left) receives the Rising Star Alumni Award from SILSAA president Jamin Friday. Xavier Nonez (’21) was born and raised in Durham. He grew up playing almost every sport except baseball. Through sports, he developed a passion for teamwork…Read more

Minor in Information Systems
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Rising Star: Alena Manjuck

April 16, 2024

Alena (Principato) Manjuck (MSLS ’17) has loved libraries since childhood. As a library page in her teen years, she realized that working in a library could be a career—and her path was set. Her interest in working in libraries took her first to Lafa…Read more

Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS)
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Moore Making the Most of SILS Education

April 8, 2024

Receiving the SILS Distinguished Alumni Award might seem like a suitable capstone to Anne Cooper Moore’s 40-year library career. After all, she retired from her position as dean of the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte in December 2023. She s…Read more

Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS)
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Advocates for Inclusion

April 1, 2024

In front of the library entrance at Riverside High School hangs school media coordinator Jenna Wine’s SILS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Advocate Certificate. Surrounding it are posters that say “This is a safe space” and “Al…Read more

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Celebrating Casey Rawson

March 18, 2024

Music plays over the classroom speakers as students enter Casey Rawson’s classroom. Dr. Rawson asks students to send her songs that make them happy at the beginning of the semester, then uses the playlist before the class and during breaks or indepen…Read more

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Emerging Library Leader

March 7, 2024

Imagine a vibrant hub where a library seamlessly merges with a community and social services center. Picture a father attending a story time with his child while consulting with a social worker about elder care for his parents. Envision an unhoused t…Read more

Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Library Sciences

Working to Bridge the STEM Gender Gap

February 29, 2024

Technology has been an integral part of Julia Crume’s life from an early age. She grew up playing video games with an older brother who also had a passion for tech and building his own computers. In high school, she attended Mooresville Public High a…Read more

Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS)

Discovering a Passion for Fixing Broken Systems

February 15, 2024

Bernice Meja is a student in the master’s in information science program who hopes to help create systems that improve lives.…Read more

Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)
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Black History at SILS

February 9, 2024

In celebration of Black History Month, this article explores the rich history of Black alumni at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). By delving into the past experiences and achievements of Black graduates, we honor their contri…Read more

Gonzalez Chavez is Maximizing Every Experience

January 16, 2024

Those first post-high-school experiences had a major impact on David’s future at UNC. His experience in Belfast spurred an interest in religious conflict, so he decided to add a major in religious studies. Later, during a Global Gap Year Fellowship n…Read more

Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS)