2018 News

September 11, 2018
Due to forecasted impacts from Hurricane Florence, the University will move to Condition 1 (Reduced Operations) of its adverse weather plan at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, the University will move to Condition 2 (Suspended Operations) and remain at Condition 2...
September 5, 2018
Amelia Gibson, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is one of 10 faculty members selected for the seventh class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES). Dr. Amelia Gibson Every other year, the FES program brings together Carolina faculty members from...
September 5, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Gary Marchionini analyzes the growth of Google since the late 1990s and the future challenges the company may face in an article published by The Conversation. “Google’s future depends on...
September 4, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci explains how the excess of information, made possible by digital tools and social media platforms, distracts people from the important information in a new analysis published by Politico Magazine. “We need new...
August 29, 2018
Thu-Mai Christian (MSIS ’12), assistant director for archives at the Odum Institute for Social Science and current doctoral student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was recently profiled for Endeavors’ Women in Science Wednesdays feature. In her Q&A, Christian...
August 27, 2018
Ness Shortley, a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has won the 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Shortley with up to $...
August 27, 2018
When people hear the word “blockchain,” they usually think of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but increasingly publishers, governments, corporations, artists, and archives are investigating blockchain technology for primacy and authenticity purposes. Potential applications range from verifying...
August 22, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its annual orientation day for new Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), and doctoral students on Monday, August 20. Incoming graduate students discuss what animal best represents...
August 14, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci explains how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it in a new analysis published by MIT Technology Review. "Digital platforms allowed communities to gather and...
August 10, 2018
Big data is only getting bigger, and that can cause big problems for researchers who need to store and share their data. Twenty doctoral students and post-doctoral associates from across the county learned the tools and techniques to solve these problems at the inaugural Cyber Carpentry Workshop at...
July 31, 2018
The spread of influenza, adverse effects of opioid use for pain management, and the risk of opportunistic infections for HIV-positive patients – three issues that have significant implications for health care in North Carolina and beyond. Three issues that students participating in Carolina’s...
July 30, 2018
Pursuing dual master’s degrees in art history and information science at UNC-Chapel Hill has allowed Devon Murphy to combine her love of art with her interest in technology. Now she has received recognition for a paper that explores how art museum staff members leverage digital resources for their...
July 30, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Gary Marchionini was elected to the iSchools Board of Directors for the North America region in June. Dean Gary Marchionini The iSchools Organization is a consortium of more than 90 universities...
July 27, 2018
Watch this short video with Cyber Carpentry Workshop instructors and participants. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the two-week workshop in July introduced students to a variety of applications, platforms,...
July 27, 2018
In her latest New York Times op-ed, SILS Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci explains what the tech world can and should learn from the experts who executed the cave rescue in Thailand. "The Silicon Valley model for doing things is a mix of can-do optimism, a faith that expertise in one domain can...
July 27, 2018
The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science has been awarded $500,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a three-year grant project, Confirmable Reproducible Research (CoRe2) Environment: Linking Tools to Promote Computational Reproducibility. Two UNC School of Information and Library...
July 26, 2018
Check out these views of Manning Hall and the SILS Library taken with on of UNC Libraries' Insta360 Pro cameras. Thanks to MSLS student Erin Black who led a recent workshop on using the cameras at the Undergraduate Library. Watch the UNC Library calendar for other opportunities to see what the 360...
July 26, 2018
Watch this video for highlights from the inaugural Health Informatics Data Analytics and Visualization (HiDAV) boot camp held at UNC-Chapel Hill this summer. The boot camp is part of Project ENABLE, or the Extensible Network-Accessible Biomedical and Health Informatics Lifelong learning...
July 11, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Casey Rawson and Megan Winget as teaching assistant professors, effective July 1. Rawson and Winget, both SILS graduates, are two of five new full-time faculty members that SILS will welcome in August...
June 8, 2018
Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has awarded its annual research grant for 2018 to Shenmeng Xu, a PhD candidate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). SILS PhD Candidate Shenmeng Xu Xu’s project, titled “An Exploration of the Communication of Scholarly Articles on WeChat...
June 7, 2018
Cliff Missen, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and Director of WiderNet@UNC, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to assemble a coalition of librarians and educators from correctional institutions to...
June 7, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), in collaboration with the Educopia Institute, the BitCurator Consortium, and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), will study and expand the adoption of digital forensics tools through professional education with the support of an...
June 6, 2018
Helen Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been named the 41st recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) Information and Library Science program at the School of Informatics, Computing,...
June 6, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library in Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been recognized as the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) Small Library/Information Center of the Year for 2017. FEDLINK announced the EPA Library’s win, along with other recipients of its national...
May 23, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has hired three new tenure-track faculty members, with appointments beginning July 1. Sayamindu Dasgupta, Marijel “Maggie” Melo, and Yue Wang bring expertise in engaging children with data science, creating inclusive makerspaces, and mining...
May 18, 2018
We’re very excited to reveal the new look, feel, and architecture of sils.unc.edu. We’ll continue working to develop the site’s standard content and functionality over the next year, but we welcome your feedback on the current version, as well as your help in identifying any missing information,...
May 17, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) PhD student Charlene Finley has received funding from the research section of the Medical Library Association (MLA) to attend the MLA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, May 18-23 in Atlanta, Ga. SILS PhD student Charlene Finley “I am a member of...
May 16, 2018
Mary Jane Petrowski (MSLS ’78) started library school at UNC-Chapel Hill with the intention of becoming a rare book librarian, but a few courses into the curriculum, she began to doubt her decision. Then, through an internship with the EPA-RTP Library and a part-time position with the UNC Health...
May 16, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its annual spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, to celebrate its 2018 Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS), Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), and...
May 15, 2018
Jordan Dodson discovered her love for technology in middle school when she and her father built a desktop computer together. Years later, a suggestion from her mother, who holds a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University, prompted Dodson to learn more about the UNC...
May 14, 2018
Watch a video with highlights from the SILS Spring Commencement ceremony. Click here for more details and photos about the event.
April 30, 2018
Author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow delivered the 2018 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on April 27 to an overflow crowd at the CURRENT ArtSpace in Chapel Hill. In his talk, titled “The Internet, Peak Indifference, and the Point of No Return,” Doctorow argued that now is the time to...
April 20, 2018
Megan Threats, a doctoral student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has received the 2018 Clarivate Analytics/MLA Doctoral Fellowship from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Previously known as the Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship, the award supports research...
April 18, 2018
Jaime Teevan, Technical Advisor to Microsoft‘s CEO, will deliver the address at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) spring commencement ceremony on May 13.  Jaime Teevan. Photo by Dan DeLong. Teevan is responsible for helping Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella formulate technical...
April 12, 2018
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci has spent years researching and discussing the impact of social networks on social change and the threat of unchecked data collection and exploitation by those in power. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg under...
April 11, 2018
Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth, led by UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Professor Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Research Associate Casey Rawson, has received the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award. UNC Chancellor Carol...
April 5, 2018
Sangeeta Desai and Erin Gallagher, Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) students at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have received scholarships to attend the Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference in Chicago, May 7-9. Sangeeta Desai and Erin Gallagher The...
March 28, 2018
Lukasz Mazur, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and UNC School of Medicine (SOM), has been awarded a $785,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support a three-year project titled “Simulation-Based Research to Enhance...
March 22, 2018
Author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow will deliver the 2018 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on April 27 at 10 am in the CURRENT ArtSpace. In his talk, titled “The Internet, Peak Indifference, and the Point of No Return” Doctorow will argue that now is the time to permanently install...
March 20, 2018
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) tied for the #1 spot on the 2018 QS World University Rankings for library and information management programs. SILS and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. had the same overall score on the QS list, which evaluated programs based on...
March 20, 2018
Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and regular New York Times contributor, authored the op-ed “Facebook’s Surveillance Machine” just days after Cambridge Analytica’s data siphoning became front-page news. Tufekci breaks down how the voter...
March 19, 2018
Larry P. Alford, chief librarian at the University of Toronto, has been named the 2018 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. He will receive a cash award and citation during the ACRL President’s Program on June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Larry P. Alford (MSLS '77)...
March 19, 2018
Marian Fragola (MSLS '08), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and current Director of Program Planning and Outreach at NC State University Libraries, has been named a 2018 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal. Marian Fragola. Photo courtesy of NCSU Libraries....
March 12, 2018
Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and regular New York Times contributor, recently authored an op-ed titled, “YouTube, the Great Radicalizer.” Tufekci analyzes the impact of the website’s recommendation algorithm, which suggests content...
February 28, 2018
Erik T. Mitchell, a 2010 graduate of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) doctoral program, has been appointed university librarian at the University of California San Diego effective April 16, 2018. Mitchell currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital...
February 27, 2018
Samantha Kaplan, a PhD candidate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently won the doctoral student research poster competition at the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference. Her poster, “The everyday life and health information practices of a natural immunity advocate," relates...
February 21, 2018
Meg Medina, bestselling Latina author of children’s and young adult fiction, will give the Susan Steinfirst Community Lecture in Children’s Literature on Sunday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at TheArtsCenter in Carrboro. The lecture, hosted by the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will...
February 21, 2018
At an international summit held in Tempe, Ariz., recently, WiderNet became one of 15 organizations to establish a new consortium and issue a declaration of principles for advancing projects, strategies, and technologies that can provide access to important digital content for people in places...
February 21, 2018
For today’s graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, conducting research often starts by trying to make sense of the many tools, technologies, and work environments used in data-intensive research and computing.  Fortunately, there is help in navigating this new research landscape. The NSF...
February 14, 2018
The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource, a new book by UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor Mary Grace Flaherty, has received a glowing review in the Feb. 1 edition of Library Journal. Left: SILS Assistant...
February 14, 2018
Elizabeth Bueche and Lydia Heater, sophomores and newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been selected to receive $1,000 merit-based scholarships for the spring semester. The scholarships are given...
February 14, 2018
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Media program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), emceed the awards ceremony for the American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 12. SILS...
February 5, 2018
Story Squad, a literacy initiative led by SILS Associate Professor Brian Sturm, recently received a $31,000 gift from the Heineman Foundation. The gift expands the foundation’s previous support for Story Squad’s efforts to establish a Folktale Storytelling Digital Library (FSDL) and measure the...
January 31, 2018
Following a busy 2017 that saw the publication of her book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest and the delivery of her third TED Talk, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci wrote her first op-ed of the year for the New...
January 30, 2018
Faculty and doctoral students from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will be active contributers to the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference.  SILS FACULTY Dean Gary Marchionini will participate in a panel focused on undergraduate programs at iSchools during the Council of Deans,...
January 29, 2018
The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and United Health Foundation have launched and exciting new partnership to help increase diversity in the health informatics field. A three-year, $1.6 million grant from United Health Foundation  will create “Project ENABLE,” the Extensible Network-...
January 23, 2018
To help address the growing need for a larger and more diverse workforce of health care data analysts, technologists and experts, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and United Health Foundation are expanding access to health care data and informatics educational and professional...