2011 News

December 18, 2011
                            Note: Photos taken during the commencement ceremony are available on the SILS Flickr site. Please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncsils/ to access the photos. Feel free to download those you'd like for your archive. Congratulations! On Sunday, Dec. 18th, the School...
December 18, 2011
John Ulmschneider (MSLS ‘81) university librarian and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, has been selected as a SILS distinguished alumnus for 2011. Ulmschneider, who will be the guest speaker for the SILS Fall commencement ceremony on December 18th, was recommended...
December 15, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th. The office will be open Tuesday, December 27th - 29th, and will be closed December 30th and January 2nd for the winter holidays. The administrative offices will reopen on Tuesday, January...
December 15, 2011
The integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS 3.0) Micro-service Workbook is a new workbook self-published by the Data Intensive Cyberinfrastructure Foundation and authored by Jewel Ward (SILS doctoral student); Michael Wan, Wayne Schroeder, Arcot Rajasekar, Antoine de Torcy, Terrell Russell (...
December 14, 2011
Information about scholarships and grants for under-represented students enrolled in information and library science courses is now available in on the SILS Web site.  Compiled by the SILS Diversity Committee, the scholarships are presented in alphabetical order by each granting organization....
December 14, 2011
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL) invite you on a journey to the literary, academic and cultural capital of England by attending our international summer...
December 14, 2011
As part of an ongoing literacy and engagement outreach endeavor, Brian Sturm, associate professor, takes his storytelling class students into the community to share folktales from around the world. His class visits area schools and libraries to share stories with children, and they visit senior...
December 14, 2011
    Continuously contributing to the local and state communities via electronic access, ibiblio.org is one of the world’s first Web sites and largest “collections of collections” on the Internet. It is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art,...
December 14, 2011
In the mid-1990s North Carolina State Parks became one of the first in the county to host a state parks Web site thanks in part to a class assignment at SILS. It was during that time that Tom Howard, naturalist at NC Parks, was approached by three SILS students to talk about the possibility of...
December 14, 2011
Evelyn Poole-Kober (MSLS ‘97), SILS distinguished alumna, has been honored for her restoration work in the Margaret Lane Cemetery by the Town of Hillsborough, NC through its Innovation and Customer Service Awards Program. A burial ground for pre-Civil War slaves, the cemetery was a site for litter...
December 14, 2011
To the School of Information and Library Science community. . .   THE CHAPEL HILL MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL cordially invite you to attend the   Chapel Hill Public Library Expansion Project Groundbreaking   at Pritchard Park, 100 Library Drive to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 ***...
December 14, 2011
Dr. Rob Capra, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently co-organized the Fifth Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR), which took place at Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California.  As one of seven organizers of...
December 14, 2011
As a teacher and head librarian in the hills of Virginia, Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell (Ph.D. '98), professor and director of SILS School Library Media Program, was excited to learn she would be moving to the big city of Philadelphia, PA in 1994 to direct the Philadelphia Library Power project. After...
December 14, 2011
Teri DeVoe (MSLS ‘07) completed her fourth year of helping with the National Book Festival as a Junior League of Washington volunteer.  Junior League coordinates hundreds of volunteers each year to help the Library of Congress plan for the National Book Festival logistics. This year’s festival,...
December 13, 2011
The entire UNC at Chapel Hill community is proud of the Division I men’s soccer team victory at the NCAA national championship on December 11, but the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is especially proud that one of its own was on the winning team.  Josh Rice, Bachelor of...
December 13, 2011
It was the normal volunteering thing to do, share information about computing through the Community Workshop Series offered by Davis Library of UNC at Chapel Hill. It was through this effort that SILS alumnus, David Iberkleid (MSIS ‘10) found his calling – helping the many Latino families in the...
December 9, 2011
Thanks to the generosity of Gene Story, friend of the School and husband of the late Dr. Susan Steinfirst, four deserving students had the burden of their tuition eased with the very first award of the Susan Steinfirst/Gene Story Scholarship. The scholarship, which was established in 2010 by Story...
December 9, 2011
Staff from the School of Information and Library Science participated in the 2011 Jingle Bell Jog on Dec. 9, 2011. The Jingle Bell Jog is an annual event sponsored by UNC at Chapel Hill Campus Recreation to promote good health and well being. Staff and faculty participate in either a three mile run...
December 9, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) student Katie Hawthorne is one of only 138 UNC at Chapel Hill students campus wide to be inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society. In order to be eligible for the...
December 8, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna, Laurie Hunter, has been appointed  Physical Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective Dec. 1, 2011. Working with a team of librarians in the Kenan Science Library, Hunter will provide collection...
December 8, 2011
North Carolina State Librarian Mary L. Boone (MSLS ‘73), SILS distinguished alumna and chair of the SILS Board of Visitors, will retire from the State Library in January of 2012. Boone has held her position as state librarian since 2005.  Since graduating from SILS in 1973, Boone has held positions...
December 6, 2011
Two $1,000 merit-based scholarships for newly admitted undergraduates in SILS’ bachelor’s in information science degree program, have been awarded to Benito Luciano and Katie Hawthorne. The scholarships, which are awarded spring and fall semesters to students who meet the criteria of high...
December 6, 2011
Former School of Information and Library Science professor Dr. Jerry Saye has been presented with a special award from the University of Ljubljana on November 29, 2011. Dr. Saye was presented with the “Pro universitate labacensis” award “for special merit for advancing the development of our...
December 6, 2011
As digital collections increase in volume and sophistication, tools to manage and sometimes automate their preservation must accordingly become more sophisticated, too. But since preservation actions are often quite idiosyncratic to the institutions in which they take place, there is still often a...
December 5, 2011
Peter McCracken (MSLS ‘95) has received the Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for his contributions to serials librarianship. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), gives the award annually. The award consists...
December 2, 2011
In just two months, over 1,000 copies of the “Men of the Stacks” calendar have been sold with $18,000 raised for a good cause. The calendar features photos of male librarians with proceeds from the sales to the It Gets Better Project™, a program that inspires young people who are lesbian, gay,...
November 30, 2011
The 2012 International Symposium on Policies for Distributed Systems & Network brings together researchers and practitioners working on policy-based systems across a wide range of application domains including policy-based networking, privacy, trust and security management, autonomic computing...
November 30, 2011
  Date: Dec. 8, 2011 Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Pleasants Family Assembly Room at the Wilson Library "A Gathering of Stars" is this year's Winter Stories theme for children and adults of all ages. This happy holiday event features storytelling by Dr. Brian Sturm, associate...
November 30, 2011
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is pleased to announce its summer international program in Prague for 2012. Since 2002, SILS and Prague's Charles University have offered library students and professionals a chance to journey to the...
November 29, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is pleased to announce that Tali Beesley, a second year Library Science Master’s student, won a scholarship to attend the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum earlier this month.  Beesley, a Carolina Academic Library Associate who is a graduate...
November 29, 2011
Getting teenagers interested in reading, or rekindling a childhood interest that has waned, is the mission of school librarians everywhere. Only a stone’s throw away from Chapel Hill, one School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna is developing innovative programming to do just that...
November 22, 2011
Doctoral student and ELIME-21 fellow, Amanda B. Click, has been awarded the George Atiyeh Prize.  "The George Atiyeh Prize was founded by the Middle East Librarians Association in 1999 to honor George N. Atiyeh, retired Head of the Near East Section of the Library Congress, founding member of MELA...
November 21, 2011
Lecturer, School of Information and Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill July 2012 – June 2013 1 year appointment Salary Range:  $42,000-$48,000 The Faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seek...
November 14, 2011
On September 18, 2011, UNC students, faculty and staff gathered for the dedication of ten new homes constructed over the past year as part of the Build-A-Block project.  These homes were built for UNC staff and Hospital employees and their families and were the product of 7,052 hours of labor by 1,...
November 12, 2011
Students of UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual student trip. During fall break, October 19th-22nd, over 20 students toured the nation’s capital and its outstanding museums and libraries. Sites visited included the Folger Shakespeare...
November 11, 2011
Kaitlyn Murphy, undergraduate manager of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science program at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently achieved a feat that few can say they’ve been close to accomplishing in their lifetimes. On November 6, Murphy completed her first half...
November 11, 2011
Jane Steele, a graduate student at SILS, is the recipient of a $1,000 Student Scholarship award from the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL).  Steele, a second-year MSLS student, received the scholarship and a complimentary membership to SEAALL “in the hope...
November 10, 2011
Celebrate our nation's Veterans with events on campus this Friday, November 11th.   Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony Friday, November 11th 11:00 a.m. Outdoors at the Carolina Alumni Memorial     Carrier Classic Game Against Michigan State Friday, November 11th 7:00 p.m. A special game played aboard...
November 9, 2011
The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation is sponsoring a free book reading on Sunday November 13, 2011  from 3 until 4 p.m. in the Wilson Library Pleasant Family Room.  A number of authors who contributed to 27 Views of Chapel Hill will be reading for what is expected to be a very enjoyable event...
November 8, 2011
While the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is known for the scholarly and professional excellence of its students, faculty and staff, it is not a buttoned-up place to study and work. No one gets shushed in the SILS Library, and one of the library’s student workers and SILS graduate...
November 4, 2011
The latest addition to the School of Information and Library Science’s (SILS) list of faculty book publications is Interactive Information Seeking, Behaviour, and Retrieval, co-edited by Dr. Diane Kelly and Dr. Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde, UK). The book, a collection of thirteen essays...
November 2, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Dean Gary Marchionini will be the featured guest in an upcoming episode of North Carolina People, UNC-TV’s longest-running program. The show is hosted by William Friday, former president of the University system, who interviews “a range of...
October 28, 2011
It's no secret that UNC at Chapel Hill students are pretty smart. Librarians and information scientists are known to be exceptionally smart. But how much do you really know? Are you good at trivia? Are you even... a trivia master? If so, come use your skills to win fabulous prizes at Wilson Library...
October 26, 2011
  The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is seeking applicants interested in public information curation and public policy for fellowships in the "Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure" or ESOPI2 project. ...
October 26, 2011
The 2011 SILS Staff Excellence Award Committee is pleased to request your nominations for an outstanding staff member whom you feel is deserving of this recognition.  Please use the "Nomination Form" to address, in as much detail as you can provide, how your nominee meets the four criteria of:...
October 26, 2011
The first SILS Library Vendor Fair took place on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Activities included  vendor product demonstrations, quizzes and prizes.  "Congratulations and thanks to everyone for the wonderful turnout today," said Rebecca Vargha, librarian, Information and Library Science Library. "...
October 26, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a shining representation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology that was held in New Orleans, LA on October 9 - 11. From organizing post-...
October 19, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomes Thea Allen (MSLS ’07), who joined the United States Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park as Interlibrary Loan/Cataloging Librarian on October 17, 2011....
October 19, 2011
CHAPEL HILL - The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell a $99,074 National Leadership grant to plan a summit addressing literacy in young African-American males. The summit, to be hosted jointly by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS...
October 19, 2011
Two students in the Bachelor’s in Information Science program at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have received Honors Undergraduate Research Awards from the Honors Carolina program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Marla Sullivan and Helen Ching have received $...
October 19, 2011
CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has received a grant for $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project that creates and analyzes systems for archivists, librarians and other information professionals to...
October 18, 2011
Just a few days after Dr. Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served as one of the expert instructors and content developers educating new trainers in the Library of Congress' first...
October 18, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Career Services Coordinator.  Position Summary The Coordinator will counsel students about all aspects of internships and the job search process and will have...
October 14, 2011
The SILS Alumni Association Board has selected Aisha Harvey (MSLS ’01) as their latest featured SILS alumna. Harvey, who is Head of Collection Development at Duke University’s Perkins Library, says that her job is not necessarily as traditional as it may sound. “As information seeking behavior is...
October 13, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking doctoral student applicants interested in Middle Eastern Studies and librarianship. The “Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century: ELIME-21”, will...
October 11, 2011
Video of the 2011 Henderson Lecture, delivered by  Dr. Fred Roper as a part of the School of Information and Library Science’s (SILS) 80th anniversary celebrations, is now available via SILS’ Vimeo page. The lecture, entitled “On the shoulders of giants: How SILS achieved the national championship...
October 11, 2011
  E-mails, bookmarks, blog entries and digital photos are just a few examples of personal digital collections, the sum total of an individual’s born-digital materials that they create and then decide to keep. Since our collections of digital materials are becoming ever more various and complex, how...
October 3, 2011
Paul Jones, director of ibiblio and clinical associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received a 2011 IBM Faculty Award for $15,000. The IBM Faculty Awards is a highly competitive international program that...
October 1, 2011
Faculty Position Announcement Information and Library Science The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank.  The School offers the Master of...
October 1, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science kicked off its 80th anniversary with a tailgate barbecue on September 17, 2011, the same day the School first held classes in 1931. More than 120 alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends attended the event that was held on the lawn in front of...
September 28, 2011
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is leading a new effort to address key data challenges facing scientific researchers in the digital age.   The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $8 million over five years to the DataNet Federation Consortium, a group that spans seven...
September 27, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is a multicultural place, and nowhere is SILS’ commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to our intellectual community more evident than in the range of international scholars, both visiting scholars and research collaborators, who are...
September 27, 2011
Felix Portnoy, doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is the recipient of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Student Member with Honors Award. The Award was presented to Portnoy during the annual HFES meeting held in Las Vegas on September 20, 2011. “...
September 26, 2011
Celebrating 80 years of a winning tradition of building an innovative future Since its beginning 80 years ago, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has focused on educating those who organize, research, locate, preserve and share information in its many forms for its many...
September 21, 2011
Former faculty member, Dr. David Carr, who retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) in 2010, has published his latest book, Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums through Libraries Unlimited. According to...
September 21, 2011
By Hope Baptiste Irene Owens isn’t your typical librarian. In fact, she says there is really no such thing. She and her colleagues and peers across the state and nation are bona fide information scientists, a discipline that is gaining popularity among undergraduate students at UNC and other area...
September 20, 2011
The first certificates in Clinical Information Science (CIS) have been awarded by the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS). The students who received the CIS certificates are Emily Pfaff,...
September 20, 2011
The Margaret Kalp Merit Scholarships, two $1,000 merit-based scholarships for newly admitted undergraduates in SILS’ bachelor’s in information science degree program, have been awarded to Vikram Raisinghani and William Fu. Two scholarships are awarded spring and fall semesters to students who meet...
September 15, 2011
The LIFETIME LIBRARY will provide digital storage throughout a graduate’s lifetime How often have you asked yourself, “What did I do with that report I presented during my days at the university? Did I save it on my laptop, on a CD, to my cellphone or is it on a computer I no longer have?” Or...
September 14, 2011
The 80th anniversary celebration continues Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at 3 p.m. with a very special lecture by Dr. Fred Roper, distinguished dean emeritus of the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and SILS distinguished alumnus.  "On the shoulders of giants: How...
September 14, 2011
Dr. Richard Marciano, professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-founder and former executive director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) Center, affiliated professor in American studies and director of Sustainable...
September 9, 2011
Special lectures, storytelling, tours, historical exhibits, research presentations, a pre-game “tailgate” featuring Carolina barbecue and just plain fun will be part of the festivities surrounding the kick-off of the 80th anniversary of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the...
September 7, 2011
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) student group at the School of Information and Library Sciences (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the SLA Student and Academic Affairs Council. Awarded in June, the certificate recognizes...
September 6, 2011
Great jobs, an interesting and engaging program and $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two lucky students are all part of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...
September 5, 2011
Dr. Meredith Weiss (Ph.D. ‘10) has received plaudits upon the release of a new research bulletin created for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR). Weiss, associate dean for Administration, Finance and Information Technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of...
September 1, 2011
Amber Cushing, doctoral candidate at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received the 2011 Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award. Awarded annually by the American Society of Information Science and Technology (...
September 1, 2011
Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee is not a police officer, nor is he a lawyer or in the criminal justice field, but he is an information practitioner. He studies and helps others to understand digital forensics – defined by Rodney McKemmish as “the process of identifying, preserving, analysing and...
August 29, 2011
Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected to receive the Award of Merit, the highest honor presented by the American Society of Information...
August 29, 2011
Even as School of Information and Library Science (SILS) students were making the transition from summer into a new semester, a number of changes were afoot at SILS itself. This fall, several faculty and staff are joining new students in becoming oriented to life in Manning Hall.   Personnel...
August 16, 2011
Four new student films on the importance of Open Access to research and data have been voted the best by a panel of new media experts, students and librarians in “Open Up!” the fourth annual Sparky Awards. Two of the winning producers are students of the School of Information and Library Science (...
August 16, 2011
Tammy Cox, assistant dean of administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has received the 2011 Chancellor's Award in the category of Human Relations. "The Chancellor's Awards program celebrates meritorious or distinguished...
August 12, 2011
Brooks "Jon" Breece has received the 2011 Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award offered by the American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).  His master's paper, for which he also received a SILS "Distinguished Achievement Award" for best master's paper for the 2010...
August 8, 2011
For a number of years, the UNC at Chapel Hill SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) promoted a category of membership entitled “lifetime member.” SILSAA is in the process of verifying our records of lifetime members. If you are a lifetime member but your name does not appear on our list of lifetime...
August 7, 2011
The second student to receive a Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Arlene G. Taylor (Ph.D. '81), has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Library School Alumni Association at the Graduate School of...
July 25, 2011
Cynthia Flanagan joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library as Library Assistant on May 23, 2011. She is responsible for assisting the Interlibrary Loan librarian with all aspects of ILL services, assist with copy cataloging, purchase supplies and provide reference assistance...
July 19, 2011
Master’s candidate Brooks Jonathan Breece ("Jon") has always been fascinated with maps and geospatial models. Even at a young age, he was drawn to maps and the ability to find his way. His first merit badge in Boy Scouts, while on his way to earning the Eagle Scout award, was the Orienteering merit...
July 18, 2011
The SILS Alumni Association Board has selected Monica McCormick (MSLS '06) as its featured alumna. McCormick has an unusual job at New York University (NYU), where she is employed as a program officer for the university's Digital Scholarly Publishing office. While many smart and talented people do...
July 17, 2011
  "Should Brandon and Nicole Get Engaged?" or ShBANGE, is the title of an interactive, truly collaborative research project that has resulted in an award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and recognition for two of the project's team members from the Library Journal.   An acronym that...
July 15, 2011
The first "Eleanor M. and Frederick G. Kilgour Research Grant Awards" have been presented to three faculty members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) for 2011-2012. Drs. Claudia Gollop, associate professor; Ryan Shaw, assistant...
July 12, 2011
Thanks to the contributions of faculty, staff and students to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Build A Block project, UNC has been awarded the Campus Chapter of the Year, Habitat for Humanity International. The ambitious goal of building 10 homes for the families of University...
July 6, 2011
Imagine the need and desire to index some important research data that have just been made available on the Web in digital form. The aim is to do high quality indexing, using standardized vocabularies (e.g., thesauri, taxonomies and ontologies). Let's say the research data are about the endangered...
June 30, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) distinguished alumnus and member of the SILS Board of Visitors, Dr. Fred Roper (MSLS '62), has been elected to serve on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Board of Visitors. Dr. Roper is distinguished dean emeritus of the School of...
June 29, 2011
Amy VanScoy, doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and M. Cristina Pattuelli, SILS alumna, have been awarded 2011 Jesse H. Shera Awards. VanScoy has been selected for the 2011 Jesse H. Shera Award for Support of...
June 27, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed Heather Lewis as health informatics coordinator on June 20, 2011. In her new position, Lewis will collaborate with instructors to schedule courses, collect up-to-date syllabi and...
June 24, 2011
An application that assists patients and healthcare providers to arrive at informed decisions about healthcare is being developed by Keona Health, a brand new company located in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Javed Mostafa, jointly appointed professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's...
June 23, 2011
  Dr. Helen Tibbo, distinguished alumni professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC at Chapel Hill), has been awarded a grant for $897,449 in the category "Programs to Build Institutional Capacity" from the Institute of...
June 21, 2011
For those attending the American Library Association (ALA) Conference, please come to play the Blitz! @ the Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group on Sunday, June 26th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Blitz will be part of the Annual Conference in New Orleans, and will be held at the...
June 20, 2011
Amidst the 25,000 plus attendees at the annual American Library Association (ALA) annual conference, the iSchools will be well-represented. Members of the iSchools will be found in booths at the conference exhibition area, presenting on panels, session speakers and of course the alumni reunion on...
June 16, 2011
David Goble (MSLS '94) alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the South Carolina State Library, has been named a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus by the SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA). Established in 1981, the...
June 15, 2011
A new course titled, "Intro to Public Health Informatics" will be available beginning this fall on Thursdays from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. The instructor is Amy Ising (ising [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu) with guest speakers, including, but not limited to: Dr. Megan Davies, State Epidemiologist for North...
June 8, 2011
Dr. Deborah Barreau, associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor effective July 1, 2011.   The McColl Professorship was established in 1997 to recognize...
June 2, 2011
Congratulations to UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) doctoral candidates Amber Cushing, Amy VanScoy and Hollie White who have each been awarded a 2011 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information...
June 2, 2011
You can now see all of the photos of the entries for the Pet Photo Contest by clicking here.  Opening the document comes with a warning - be prepared for a whole lot of cuteness! Congratulations to SILS students, Rachel Lerner,  Shaun Trujillo and Mike Millner whose photos were among the winners!...
June 2, 2011
Over the course of their long, exciting careers, Lea Wells (MSLS '77) and Jordan Scepanski have had the opportunity to work in a variety of library contexts, both in the United States and abroad.  Scepanski's interest in international affairs dates back to his time in the Peace Corps serving in...
May 31, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomes scholars Jaime Arguello, Robert G. Capra III and Zeynep Tufekci who will join the School's faculty as assistant professors on July 1, 2011. “We are thrilled that three young scholars of...
May 20, 2011
When she attends her class reunion at Mount Holyoke College this month, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Professor Barbara Moran will be presented with the prestigious Elizabeth Topham Kennan Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Field of Education. The award, which is named...
May 20, 2011
Congratulations to Brittany Michelle Hayes, a junior with a dual major in information science (School of Information and Library Science) and history (College of Arts and Sciences) who is one of 139 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest college honorary society, at the University of...
May 20, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Library Network has been named Federal Library/Information Center of the Year by the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) at the Library of Congress. The award recognizes outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements...
May 17, 2011
Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, will present a week-long workshop this summer titled, "Archives and Records Management Fundamentals" at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco...
May 16, 2011
Recent SILS graduate, William M. Cross, will join the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries as director of Copyright and Digital Scholarship, on June 1, 2011. In a message to NCSU Libraries staff from Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries, she states that Cross "will...
May 9, 2011
  Do you look forward to finishing a book so you can tell all your friends about it? Are you looking for a few good reading recommendations? If so, come join the SILSters and Alumni group on Goodreads , started by SILS alumna Anne Fleming Less. We're already chatting, and we'd love to have you join...
May 6, 2011
On Sunday, May 8, 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 Frank Porter Graham Student Union...
May 1, 2011
Orange County under tornado watch 05/24/11, 4:55 p.m. The National Weather Services has issued a TORNADO WATCH IN ORANGE COUNTY. That means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The weather service says people in these areas should be on the...
April 27, 2011
“People, Culture and 21st Century Libraries” was the theme of several presentations Dr. Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, delivered during his travels to India this spring semester. Marchionini was the opening keynote speaker at the International Conference...
April 27, 2011
Student Emily Roscoe has been interested in the intersection of librarianship and government since her undergraduate years, when she was a Political Science and History major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Currently seeking dual degrees from the University of North Carolina at...
April 27, 2011
SILS MSLS student Brian Leaf is featured in the new ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program brochure.  A 2009 recipient of the scholarship himself, Leaf has become an advocate and "face" of the program, staffing Spectrum's fundraising booth at the 2011 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association...
April 26, 2011
While browsing the SILS Web site lately, you may have come across some new additions. Several enhancements have been made to increase the School's Web presence, as well as to feature some of the exciting things SILS alumni are accomplishing in the working world.  Included in these changes are an...
April 26, 2011
Bring your best throwing arm and stop by the Pit on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on May 3, 2011 to participate in a fun way to raise funds for the Library Community House currently being built for a UNC employee's family who has no home.  Update (May 4, 2011): $915...
April 13, 2011
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries has selected the new fellows for next fall, two of which are SILS students. Beginning this summer, Charlie Morris (MSIS '11) and Mike Nutt (MSIS '11) will start their two-year term appointments as NCSU Libraries Fellows. During that time, Morris and...
April 12, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnus Eric Obershaw is being highlighted as the SILS Alumni Association’s "Featured Alumnus." Since 2001, when he graduated with an MSLS from SILS, Obershaw has worked in the Business Information Services group at Morgan Stanley in Japan. For the...
April 11, 2011
Health Informatics Liaison Research Associate with UNC at Chapel Hill and RTI International We seek a motivated individual with five (5) years experience in health or clinical informatics to develop collaborative research programs between two leading research institutions in North Carolina.  The...
April 11, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) MSLS student, Megan Myers, has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship. The fellowship is part of a federally-funded leadership development program designed to recruit entry-level graduate degree...
April 10, 2011
Thanks to a gift from leading worldwide book distributor Baker & Taylor, two students at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have the opportunity to study in Europe this summer. Elizabeth Davidson and Jacqueline Chapman...
April 7, 2011
This year's "Movers & Shakers" list, published in the March issue of the Library Journal, features two alumni of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emily King (MSLS '08) was selected as an "Innovator" and Jason Casden (MSLS '...
April 4, 2011
Since its creation in 2000, the International Edible Book Festival has been celebrated on April 1st in countries around the world, from Morocco to New Zealand. This year, members of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) student organization, Art and Museum Library and Information...
April 4, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed Mark Snyder as desktop support and Help Desk manager on March 21, 2011.   Snyder's responsibilities include providing personal computing support for the faculty, staff and students...
April 4, 2011
Marty Gengenbach and Elliott Hauser, Master’s students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been awarded scholarships to attend the Managing Electronic Records Conference (MER) in Chicago May 23-25, which focuses on legal,...
March 31, 2011
  Molly Raphael, the American Library Association's next president, presented "Empowering Voices: Communities Speak Out for Libraries and Libraries Speak Out for Communities" on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus Monday, March 28, 2011. Raphael described her vision for...
March 31, 2011
Ashlee Edwards, a senior BSIS and English major from New York, NY, was recently inducted into UNC at Chapel Hill's legendary Order of the Golden Fleece.  Taking its symbolism and organizational structure from the classical story of Jason and the Argonauts, who quested tirelessly for a mythic golden...
March 29, 2011
As announced last fall, the Carolina Library Community building effort is part of the campus-wide UNC Class of 2011 Build a Block project which is a student-led initiative to build 10 houses for families of UNC staff over the 2010-2011 academic school year. Working with Habitat for Humanity of...
March 29, 2011
Entrepreneur, chief executive officer and co-founder of iContact, Ryan P. Allis, will present the spring commencement ceremony for the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The School's commencement ceremony will take...
March 25, 2011
"The university and its digital libraries. A tale in three parts" was the topic of the 2011 sixth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science held on Monday, March 21, 2011. The lecture, which is hosted by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the...
March 23, 2011
David Goble (MSLS '94), director of the South Carolina State Library and alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be presented with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Library and Information Science’s John N....
March 23, 2011
On Sunday, May 8, 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 Frank Porter Graham Student Union...
March 18, 2011
Dear students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends: Our hearts go out to the people of Japan and their families who are affected by last week's earthquake and resulting tsunami. With such tremendous devastation, we understand the enormous efforts that must be made to gain some measure of normalcy....
March 16, 2011
Led by Cynthia Reifsnider (MSLS '95), a team of UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science alumni including, Betsy Herzog (MSLS '08), Gretchen Ptacek (MSLS '08), and Brian A. Schneider (MSLS '09) and current student  Elizabeth Hogenson, had the opportunity to serve on a research...
March 15, 2011
The latest rankings for "America's Best Graduate Schools" were released today by US News & World Report. Besides new rankings in business, education, engineering, law and medicine (these are ranked annually), new this year are rankings for public health and several nursing areas in the health...
March 5, 2011
The American Council on Education (ACE) this evening honored Susan L. Perry (MSLS '66), a pioneer in the integration of computing and library services, with the 2011 Donna Shavlik Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to advancing women’s issues in higher education. Perry, a distinguished...
March 2, 2011
Spring break officially begins Friday, March 4th at 5 p.m. Classes resume on Monday, March 14th at 8 a.m. Have a safe, relaxing and happy break!
March 2, 2011
All students, faculty and staff of the School of Information and Library Science are invited to submit nominations for the 2011 “Outstanding Teacher Award.” SILS will recognize two outstanding faculty – one full-time faculty member and one adjunct faculty member - who have demonstrated excellence...
March 1, 2011
Since 2004, SILS alumna Endrina Tay (MSLS '02) has been involved in an interesting and historically relevant form of rare book detective work. As part of her duties as project manager for the Thomas Jefferson's Libraries project, a database of books Jefferson owned, desired to own, knew about or...
March 1, 2011
SILS alumna, Michelle Langston (MSIS ’10), has been recognized for her role in designing the Web site for the Carrboro Citizen that was named best in the state by the North Carolina Press Association. The Carrboro Citizen won a set of awards that recognize excellence in design and content of Web...
February 28, 2011
Beginning this May, Gloria Colvin (MSLS '80) will become the new president of the Florida Library Association (FLA).  In that capacity, she will be charged with overseeing the progress and strategic planning of the 800 plus member organization, which is the state chapter of the American Library...
February 22, 2011
Deborah Balsamo (MSLS '97), has been named a 2010 distinguished alumna by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award was presented by SILS Alumni Association president, David Woodbury, during the School's winter commencement...
February 22, 2011
Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean at the School of Information and Library Science and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Health Information...
February 22, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and School of Government (SOG) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC at CH) held a day-long seminar called, “Curation of Social Media as a Public Asset” on Jan. 21, 2011. Video of a portion of the seminar that looked at social...
February 21, 2011
SILS alumnus Megan Perez (MSLS ’07) has published a book with Libraries Unlimited, titled The New Graduate Experience. The book features contributions from 25 authors representing more than 15 different institutions from around the United States and Canada. They include personnel and staff...
February 21, 2011
Great jobs, an interesting and engaging program and $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two lucky students are all part of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Be...
February 21, 2011
SILS BSIS major Ivan Gomes is one of three undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who received a William D. Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies to study in Beijing, China this semester.  Awarded annually to three deserving undergraduates, this fellowship gives...
February 17, 2011
Barbara Bonomo Newnam (MSLS '67) retired recently from the State of North Carolina with 33 years of service.  For 25 of those years, she was the Librarian at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC.  Newnam began her career in the public libraries of Winston-Salem and...
February 17, 2011
Larry Alford, SILS alumnus (MSLS '77) and current vice provost for Libraries, university librarian and dean of University Libraries at Temple University, has been named the chief librarian at the University of Toronto.  Alford is set to begin his new seven-year appointment Aug. 1, 2011. An...
February 14, 2011
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Donna Nixon is being highlighted as the SILS Alumni Association’s "Featured Alumna." Nixon is an assistant director of public services for the Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to supervising...
February 12, 2011
Jeopardy! game of the century: Humans vs. Machine - the last match You're invited to attend a special viewing party of Jeopardy! as the IBM computer, Watson, battles Jeopardy! contestants. Special guest, Kyle Brown, IBM distinguished engineer, master inventor and enterprise architect, will be on...
February 11, 2011
Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel is a new book written by SILS alumna Amy Pattee (Ph.D. '04).  The book, which is an extension of Pattee’s dissertation work at SILS, focuses on Francine Pascal’s popular series, Sweet Valley High.  In this...
February 11, 2011
Jennifer Lohmann (MSLS '06) was recently named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America (RWA), a professional organization consisting of over 10,000 romance writers and publishing professionals whose work is closely tied to the romance book industry.  Selected from a competitive pool...
February 10, 2011
UNC **Location Change for Feb 16, 2011** 304 Manning Hall on UNC campus near Davis Library (not Manning Drive)   School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Donna Duke is being highlighted as the SILS Alumni Association’s "Featured Alumna." Duke is an assistant director of public...
February 8, 2011
Last fall, Meredith Rendall (MSLS '07) was named senior faculty technology specialist at New York University (NYU).  Currently, she leads policy development for NYU's local image repository and is in charge of establishing collection management protocols and streamlining content for NYU's Luna...
February 8, 2011
An article by SILS doctoral student, Dana Hanson-Baldauf, has been published in the latest issue of Knowledge Quest.  Entitled, "The Good Life: Empowering Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities through Everyday Life Information," Hanson-Baldauf's article introduces the topic of intellectual...
February 8, 2011
SILS Metadata Resource Center faculty and students will host a workshop at George Washington University on the Mt. Vernon campus on March 9, 2011. The workshop, titled, "SKOS-2-HIVE: Creating SKOS vocabularies to help interdisciplinary vocabulary engineering," focuses on using semantic Web...
February 8, 2011
"In an era of mass digitization of physical artifacts, and mass creation of born-digital objects, the challenges faced by cultural heritage institutions of all types are increasingly shared," writes SILS associate professor Jeffrey Pomerantz in his introduction to the 2011 winter issue of the...
February 7, 2011
  "Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science, Part 2" is the theme of the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Library Trends, a well-known scholarly journal in the field. This special double issue is edited by Drs. Joanne Gard Marshall, alumni distinguished professor, School of Information and...
February 7, 2011
Justin Brinegar (BSIS '11) has received a $298 travel award from The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) to attend the 2011 iConference in Seattle, WA on Friday, Feb. 11.  While at the iConference, Brinegar will deliver a 20 minute presentation (plus Q & A) on a paper based on his and...
February 3, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomes Kaitlyn Murphy as its new undergraduate student services manager. In this role, she will manage the School’s bachelor of science in information science undergraduate program, providing support for prospective and current students...
February 3, 2011
"The university and its digital libraries. A tale in three parts" is the topic of the sixth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science to be held on March 21, 2011.  Dr. Daniel Greenstein, vice provost for Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination at the...
January 28, 2011
Just in time for Valentine's Day, transitional facilitator for Chapel Hill High School, Emily Davis and some of her students will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 1st to offer Valentine cards designed and printed by students with intellectual disabilities. The cards are created from recycled materials...
January 26, 2011
There are still a few spaces available for the 2011 summer seminar to Prague, offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS).  NOTE: The summer seminar to London is now closed. Please check back later this fall to register for next...
January 25, 2011
Information Concepts: From Books to Cyberspace Identities is the title of Gary Marchionini's new book-length lecture that explores information as a historical concept from a number of theoretical perspectives. Marchionini, who has served as editor of a series of publications, is the dean and Cary C...
January 24, 2011
SILS graduate student Yanjuan Zou is one of 19 fellows selected to participate in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2011 Career Enhancement Program. The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, gives MLIS students...
January 19, 2011
The most recent edition of the Journal of Library Medadata (JLM) is a special issue featuring "Metadata for Scientific Data" and includes guest editor: SILS professor and metadata expert Dr. Jane Greenberg. In her introduction to the volume, "Metadata for Scientific Data: Historical Considerations...
January 18, 2011
Chirag Shah (Ph.D. '10), assistant professor of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, and Cristina Pattuelli (Ph.D. '07), assistant professor of Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute, recently received OCLC/ALISE research grant awards from the Association for Library...
January 18, 2011
The good news. . . . . . there's still time to support Carolina and SILS with an IRA rollover gift that qualifies for tax year 2010On Dec. 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. The IRA Charitable Rollover...
January 18, 2011
A calendar specific for SILS' student organizations is now available on the SILS Web site. Special thanks to MSIS student Daniel Beaver-Seitz who worked with the various student groups to help set up the dates on the calendar and to Aaron Brubaker who provided the technological expertise to ensure...
January 18, 2011
Tammy Cox, director of Business Operations, has received the 2010 SILS Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented to a SILS staff member who has demonstrated excellence, commitment, teamwork and outstanding service to the School. Those nominating Cox agreed that she has all of the qualities...
January 14, 2011
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be closed Monday, January 17, 2011 in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. There are several activities scheduled across campus in honor of Dr. King next week, including a special lecture by CNN anchor and special correspondent...
January 12, 2011
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a celebration comprised of events designed to commemorate the ideas and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The highlight of the celebration will be the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial...
January 10, 2011
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomed new faculty member, Dr. Ryan Shaw, who as assistant professor on January 1, 2011. Shaw comes to SILS from the University of California, Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems with a Designated Emphasis...
January 5, 2011
Jaime Arguello will present, "Aggregated Search: Motivations, Methods and Milestones" on Tuesday, January 11th at 2:30 p.m. in room 208 Manning Hall. In its early stages, information retrieval (IR) research focused on retrieving full-text documents within a single collection in response to a user's...