The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its second annual Project Fair to showcase the work of students on April 15 in Manning Hall. About 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 and other mobile devices. Projects explored a wide range of topics, including generating salient thumbnails for digital archival collections, emoji user patterns, approaches for keeping local archives local, middle school makerspaces, the historical implications of education deprivation on the information seeking behaviors of African-American seniors in the south, and Hispanic and Latino students’ attitudes toward academic libraries.
At the end of the fair, four projects received special recognition.
- The People’s Choice Award, chosen by popular vote of project fair attendees, was presented to Erica Brody and Chen Zhang for their project titled “Redesign of the SILS Career Website.”
- The Social Impact Award, chosen by a faculty panel of judges, was presented to Maria Chiochios for her project titled “The Tweets Heard Around the World: Ferguson Municipal Public Library’s Twitter Use During the 2014 Civil Unrest and its Role in Supporting Community Disaster Resilience.”
- The Best Project Award, chosen by a faculty panel of judges, was so hard to judge that the panel declared a tie and named two winners:
- Yiqi Wang and Huiying Ma won for their project titled “Business Event Curation: Merging Human and Automated Approaches.”
- Brad San Martin won for his project titled “Crowdsourcing Sound Recordings via Social Media."