SILS Hosts First Annual Project Fair

April 15, 2015

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its first annual Project Fair to showcase the work of students on April 10 in Manning Hall. More than 20 graduate and undergraduate students presented their research and creations to fellow students, faculty, and guests. 

Students shared their work through poster presentations and demonstrations on laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. Projects explored a wide range of topics, including predicting speech acts in MOOC discussion threads, transgender needs and the academic library, social tagging in digital image collections, analyzing data from the NBA, and e-textiles for youth and technology instruction.

Many projects focused on providing services, such as helping to educate African American women about their breast cancer risks, offering city and restaurant recommendations for foodies, predicting business performance on Yelp, and developing empathy through a mobile gaming app. 

At the end of the fair, Olivia Dorsey (MSIS ‘15) won the Best Project Award for her project “The Northside Memory Project,” and Julie Stivers (MSLS ‘15) won both the People’s Choice Award and the Social Impact Award for her project “Stories and Voice: Serving Youth in Custody."

Pictured, top photo, Olivia Dorsey (far left) demonstrates her project. Lower photo, Julie Stivers discusses her project. See more pictures at