2008 News

December 19, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science will be closed for the winter holidays Monday, December 22 through Monday, January 5. The Dean's Office will close Monday, December 22 and will reopen December 29 at 8:00 a.m. The office will be closed January 1 and 2, 2009 and reopen January 5 at 8:00...
December 2, 2008
Dear friends and colleagues: Some who received the paper copy of the winter issue of the School of Information and Library Science@Carolina newsletter through the U.S. Postal Service had a label with an incorrect last name. For reasons unknown, approximately halfway through our mailing list, the...
December 2, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science is pleased to announce its summer international program for 2010. Register now for the program to Prague in the Czech Republic. Registration is open to anyone interested in being part of the summer seminar in Prague, Czech Republic. This international...
December 2, 2008
From left to right, Steve Vargha, Rebecca Vargha and Dr. Robert Ballard, former Interim Dean at SLIS (2003-2005) and advisor to the SLA student chapter at SLIS. Rebecca Vargha, head librarian at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has...
December 2, 2008
Let spellbinding storytellers and musicians kindle your wintertime spirit with Friends of the Library's 16th annual Winter Stories program on December 11. Themed "Tales to Warm Your Heart," the program will take place in Wilson Library. The fun will begin with refreshments in the lobby at 5...
December 1, 2008
Registration is now open for "iSociety: research, education, engagement," the theme of iConference 2009. The conference brings together scholars and professionals who come from diverse backgrounds and shared interests in working at the nexus of people, information, and technology. Guest speakers,...
November 14, 2008
A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna who dedicated her life to education has left the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) over $1 million for student scholarships. Jane Iris Crutchfield spent her career as a teacher and school librarian. She taught at the Danville, Va...
November 12, 2008
Doctoral student Cassidy Sugimoto has been elected to serve a two-year term as deputy director on the ASIS&T Chapter Assembly. Ballots were received from 15 chapters from around the nation. In this capacity, Cassidy will serve on a number of ASIS&T committees and will report to the Board of...
November 12, 2008
Dr. Deborah Barreau, associate professor, was elected director-at-large for the American Society of Information Science and Technolgy (ASIS&T). She joins another director-at-large, Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, SILS professor, who was elected in 2007 for the three-year appointment. Barreau is part of...
November 12, 2008
Dr. Gary Marchinonini, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected president for a three-year term by the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T...
November 12, 2008
Doctoral student, Rachael Clemens is the recipient of a 2008 ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year Award. Clemens has devoted her time, energy and dedication as a board member of the Carolinas Chapter of ASIS&T (cc:asis&t). The citation states, “Rachael was instrumental in helping to...
November 6, 2008
Doctoral Fellowships in Archival Studies are currently available through a new eight-campus initiative for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers as educators and scholars and who would be entering doctoral programs in Fall 2009. Applicants must apply for both the Fellowship and...
November 6, 2008
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 has been proclaimed Veteran's Day, and the week of Nov. 9 – 15 has been designated National Veterans Awareness Week. These are days devoted to honor those who serve or who have served our country in uniform. The ROTC of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will...
November 5, 2008
Dr. David Carr, associate professor, will speak on "An American Library in an American Community" at the Friends of New Hanover County Public Library Annual Meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13. The free program will be in the New Hanover Room on the third floor of the Main Library in...
October 31, 2008
Mark Allen Greene, director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, will provide the keynote address at the School's winter commencement ceremony. The ceremony will take place in the Pleasants Family Room of the Louis Round Wilson Library on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 10 a.m....
October 30, 2008
On Sunday, Dec. 14, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will conduct its winter commencement ceremony and celebration for students who have completed their degree requirements. Ceremony The SILS ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Louis...
October 29, 2008
Stephanie Peterson, assistant manager of student services, and Aaron Brubaker, assistant director of instructional technology, have received the 2008 SILS Staff Excellence Award. Nominations are accepted by faculty, staff and students and selected by a Nomination Committee on the basis of meeting...
October 28, 2008
K.T. Vaughan (MSLS 2001) has been admitted as a Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), the credentialing body for medical and health sciences librarians and information specialists. “Admission to AHIP is a challenging, peer-reviewed process that involves...
October 28, 2008
Three visiting scholars representing South Korea, China and Spain have arrived at SILS. Gum-Sook Hoang is visiting SILS from the Department of Library and Information Science, Daelim College, South Korea. Dr. Hoang's research interests include bibliotherapy, reading guidance, cultural programming...
October 28, 2008
New SILS faculty member, Phillip Edwards, was awarded the American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) James M. Cretsos Leadership Award for his contributions to the organization. “The Cretsos Award was established in 1992 to recognize new ASIS&T members who have...
October 28, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science is pleased to welcome the Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) group to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group includes 14 team members, some of whom have already, or will soon be relocating to Chapel Hill. They include: Reagan...
October 28, 2008
DICE group members accept the 2008 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award during the awards ceremony at the 72nd annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. From left to right, Paul Tooby, Antoine de Torcy, Chien-yi Hou and Reagan Moore. Photo by: Rob Ortner During the 72nd annual...
October 27, 2008
SILS faculty have received a number of substantial grants from the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct their research. Following are brief descriptions of these recent projects. “NARA Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype” The...
October 27, 2008
Based on the success of the program in the Carolina Digital Curation Fellowship's inaugural year (2007-2008), three of the project's practicum settings, University Library, Information Technology Services' Teaching and Learning Division and the Odum Institute for Research in the Social Science,...
October 23, 2008
Note: All Fellows have been selected for 2009 The School of Information and Library Science (SILS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC at Chapel Hill), is seeking applicants interested in Digital Archiving and Curation and in earning a Doctoral Degree. These Fellowships are funded by...
October 12, 2008
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will observe fall break beginning 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th. Classes will resume on Monday, October 20th at 8 a.m. Enjoy your time off... ... and have a safe and happy fall break!
September 30, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science will celebrate its new concentration; recognize instructors, faculty and managers of archive-related field experiences; and expose students and others interested to the various possibilities associated with archives and records management during a...
September 25, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC at Chapel Hill will host the fourth annual iConference on February 8 - 11, 2009 at the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center. With the theme, "iSociety: research, education, engagement," the conference brings together scholars...
August 26, 2008
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now home to the world-renowned Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) group (formerly known as Data Intensive Computing Environments group), long of the University of California, San Diego’s  Supercomputer Center. The research team will hold...
August 15, 2008
On Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. Dr. David Carr, author and associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science, will discuss how writers have woven the events of September 11, 2001 into their fiction in order to consider and embrace the appalling (and inspiring) human...
August 8, 2008
Welcome to the School of Information and Library Science! Orientation for new SILS students will be held on Monday, Aug. 18th in Manning Hall. The day will consist of presentations, information sessions, workshops, discussion panels, and will, of course, include a free lunch. After orientation is...
August 7, 2008
Drs. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, and Jeffrey Pomerantz, Assistant Professor, have won the 2008 Outstanding Paper accolade at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for their paper The Digital Library as Place that was published in the Journal of...
August 6, 2008
Fourteen students from the Triangle community participated in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's first BotCamp on July 31 through Aug. 2. BotCamp is part of BOT 2.0, an innovative program featuring a curriculum that weaves together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation...
August 5, 2008
Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), received funding from the National Science Foundation to run a workshop devoted to stimulating progress toward better systems that support information seeking beyond the single-...
August 1, 2008
SILS Ph.D. graduate student Shirag Shah received the Best Paper award at the ACM SIGIR '08 Conference in Singapore. Shah co-authored the paper Algorithmic Mediation for Collaborative Exploratory Search with colleagues from FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc. The award was for $1000. The 31st Annual...
August 1, 2008
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded SILS doctoral student, Meredith Weiss, its prestigious 2008 A.R. Zipf Fellowship. The award was established by the CLIR in honor of A. R. Zipf, "a pioneer in information management systems." The fellowship is awarded annually to a...
August 1, 2008
SILS graduate Mary Samouelian (MSLS '08) has been awarded the 2008 Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for her Master’s paper entitled Embracing Web 2.0: Archives and the Newest Generation of Web Applications. The Pease Award was created in 1987 to recognize superior...
July 16, 2008
As he ran the steep inclines of North Carolina’s mountains to the west, across the piedmont in 100 plus degree weather, through the smoldering fires and smoke of the coastal region, it was thoughts of those who have been lost to cancer and those who continue to suffer from the disease that spurred...
July 3, 2008
Phillip M. Edwards will join the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) on Aug. 1, 2008. Edwards comes to SILS from the University of Washington where he is currently a doctoral candidate in the information science program. He expects to defend his dissertation, Mapping...
June 30, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina will host the second digital curation curriculum symposium April 1 through 3, 2009. DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects is part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future:...
June 26, 2008
Three faculty members from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) received the 2008 Outstanding Teacher Awards, which were presented to them during the School’s commencement ceremony on May 11, 2008.  Dr. Deborah Barreau, associate professor, and Drs. Thomas Nixon and Pam Sessoms,...
June 26, 2008
Frieda Rosenberg (MSLS ’78) was named a 2008 Distinguished Alumna of the School of Information and Library Science during the spring commencement ceremony on May 14. The award recognizes alumni who exhibit a strong commitment to librarianship or information science and demonstrate outstanding...
June 23, 2008
David Rumsey, an historical map scholar and collector, presented visual "eye candy" for an audience of about 200 at the annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science on March 19, 2008. The presentation, entitled, "Turning Private Collections into Public Resources...
June 18, 2008
Mark your calendar for October 8, 2008 as the School of Information and Library Science joins the Society of American Archivists in celebrating American Archives month. SILS will host a special event that will describe a new archives concentration; recognize instructors, faculty and managers of...
June 18, 2008
An innovative curriculum designed to recruit, educate and retain nontraditional students in the study of botanical science has been created at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The curriculum weaves together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation, the use of social...
June 3, 2008
On April 22, 2008, the library staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library in Research Triangle Park, contractors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, hosted its Annual Open House and Earth Day Celebration.  More than...
June 3, 2008
SILS alumnus, H. Paul Dove, Jr., will retire June 30 after 33 years with Francis Marion University (FMU) Rogers Library, serving the last 25 years as its director/dean. Prior to joining FMU in 1975, he held positions at Erskine College, Coastal Carolina, the University of South Carolina and the...
May 29, 2008
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced the award of a five year grant for $61 million from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) will “help speed up how scientific discoveries directly benefit patients in communities...
May 22, 2008
The North Carolina Lifelong Access Libraries Collaboration (NCCoLLE) has been designated a Center of Excellence and Innovation in the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of Libraries for the Future (LFF). "The Collaboration is forming the basis for the ongoing development of planning, policies...
May 21, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science's administrative office will observe summer hours through August 15, 2008. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Have a wonderful summer break!          
May 20, 2008
SILS director of Information Technology, Scott Adams, has once again put on his running shoes, this time to trek across the state of North Carolina to support the fight against cancer. Adams is training for an 18-day run across North Carolina. His run, set to begin on May 27, will take him 740...
May 1, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science appointed Dwain Teague as director of development on March 17, 2008. Teague comes to SILS with over ten years of development and fundraising experience, much of it in the library world. He began his development career as a fundraising consultant with...
April 8, 2008
The Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology is hosting its inaugural program, “Institutional Repositories: The Great Debate,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Carolina Digital Library & Archives Facilities on the first floor of Wilson Library on...
April 1, 2008
Duane E. Webster, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will be the guest speaker at the 2008 spring commencement ceremony of the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Webster leads the organization of 123 major...
March 31, 2008
On Sunday, May 11, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will conduct its spring commencement ceremony and celebration for students who have completed their degree requirements. Ceremony The SILS ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Student Union. All members of the...
March 26, 2008
Since its beginnings in 2005, YouTube has been known as a major source of online video entertainment, racking up billions of visits and hosting everything from music videos to strangely hypnotic clips of laughing babies. Until recently, however, “academic” content on YouTube was mostly limited to...
March 24, 2008
Michael Rooney, a first-year Master's of library science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been chosen to receive the Baker & Taylor Scholarship. The scholarship covers the registration costs for one SILS student...
March 20, 2008
Jane Greenberg, Francis Carroll McColl Term Professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), and SILS alumna Christie Silbajoris (MSLS '00, AHIP), director of NC Health Info at UNC's Health Sciences Library, have received a grant to study the...
March 11, 2008
Research scientists from the San Diego Super Computer Center at University of California San Diego will present the panel discussion, "Cyberinfrastructure: Transforming the World of Data Management and Curation" at 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17. The event will be held in the Pleasants Family...
March 6, 2008
Spring break officially begins Friday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Classes resume on Monday, March 17. Have a safe and happy break!
March 6, 2008
IMLS Announces Results at the 9th annual WebWise Conference in Miami, Fl Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Anne-Imelda Radice released results of InterConnections: A National Study of Users and Potential Users of Online Information March 6 at the 9th annual WebWise Conference on...
February 27, 2008
David Rumsey, an historical map scholar and collector, will share how he turned his private map collection, one of the largest in the U.S., into a public resource at the second annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science on Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Rumsey,...
February 27, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomed Michael Penny as office assistant IV in the school's Administrative Offices on Feb. 4, 2008. Michael will assist with a number of responsibilities including welcoming visitors and interacting with faculty, students and alumni while...
February 26, 2008
On Feb. 21 and 22, Dr. Raymond J. van Diessen, senior managing consultant for IBM Global Business Services in the Netherlands, visited Chapel Hill to give two talks and interact with members of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) community. His visit is part of the DigCCurr project...
February 26, 2008
James "Jamie" Roth, a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, was recently named deputy director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mass. In his new role, Roth will be responsible for helping to...
February 26, 2008
Dr. Jane Greenberg, Francis Carroll McColl Term professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, is the recipient of the 2008 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The Kilgour Award, sponsored by OCLC...
February 26, 2008
When the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) began its dual degree program with Duke University's School of Medicine two years ago, representatives from both organizations were optimistic. The program had excellent selling points. It gave third-year Duke...
February 26, 2008
Members of the information science community in North and South Carolina have founded the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Founding members include students, faculty and practitioners from the University of North Carolina's School of...
February 22, 2008
The video recording of Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan's presentation at the Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture Series held on Feb. 6, 2008 on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus is now available by linking to: "The Human Knowledge Project (Part 1): Four Conceptual Errors concerning...
February 20, 2008
Maurice C. York ('78 MSLS) has been named a 2007 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He received the School's prestigious, Distinguished Alumni Award during the school’s winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 18, 2007. The award recognizes alumni who...
February 20, 2008
Lisa Norberg, adjunct assistant professor of practice at the School of Information and Library Science and director of public services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and...
February 20, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded degrees to 51 students at its Winter Commencement held in the Pleasants Family Room of the Wilson Library on Dec. 16, 2007. Degrees were given to SILS students who completed their studies...
February 8, 2008
If you're interested in connecting information, people and technology, then the Bachelor of Science in Information Science program at the School of Information and Library Science may be for you! We are now accepting applications for the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) and the...
January 17, 2008
Diane Kelly, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded an OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant. The grant, totaling nearly $15,000, is sponsored by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and...
January 10, 2008
The School of Information and Library Science is pleased to welcome Vondra Haith Jones to the position of business manager. In this role, she will be handling the day-to-day financial transaction processing, as well as coordinating human resources activities for the School. Jones has been a...
January 10, 2008
The Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has released its final report on the future of bibliographic description in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources. The group was chaired by Dr. José-...
January 8, 2008
A project that helps developing countries improve their computer skills and digital communications will be the focus of a special lecture presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. The lecture will feature Cliff Missen of Widernet.org and egranary.org who...
January 7, 2008
Actor, activist and author Ruby Dee will deliver the keynote lecture for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 27th annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2007 in Memorial Hall. A longtime civil rights advocate, Dee has worked with the NAACP, the...