2019 News

May 14, 2019
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its annual spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12, to celebrate its Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS), Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), and Doctor of...
May 1, 2019
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) announced today that Anne Webb, currently Assistant Dean of Advancement at the UNC School of Nursing, will join SILS in August as the School’s first Deputy Director of Development. Webb will work in close partnership with Director of...
April 29, 2019
The third annual Symposium on Information for Social Good, hosted by the UNC School of Information of Information and Library Science (SILS) on April 26, was a tremendous success. Several panel sessions were standing-room only and the 2019 Kilgour Lecture and keynote address by Dr. Meredith Clark,...
April 23, 2019
Yukun Yang explains his research. The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its fifth annual Project Fair, showcasing the work of graduate and undergraduate students April 17 in Manning Hall. Students shared their poster presentations and demonstrations with other students,...
April 23, 2019
In her latest New York Times op-ed, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci discussed the pros and cons of data inference, how such tool can aid public health, but also impede an individual’s ability to get a job, insurance, housing, and more. Tufekci...
April 22, 2019
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Distinguished Alumnus Robert "Bob" Martin (PhD '88) was profiled as part of the University’s 225th anniversary retrospective series, which highlighted Tar Heels who have made impact on campus, communities, the state, the nation, and the world....
April 19, 2019
The SILS Library hosted its annual Edible Book Contest on April 12. Click on the Adobe Spark Page below or visit https://spark.adobe.com/page/URhMsuOqOLIyZ/ for additional details and photos of the delectable creations from 2019, as well as some previous contests.
April 10, 2019
Megan Threats, a doctoral candidate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is one of 150 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2019-20 academic year. She was sponsored by Chapter CN of Chapel Hill, N.C.  SILS...
April 10, 2019
In its first year of participation, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) blew past its goal of 40 donors during the #GiveUNC event on April 9. More than 60 SILS alumni and friends contributed, unlocking an $8,000 challenge gift to bring the grand total for the day to $22,730....
April 9, 2019
Jordan Wrigley, a second-year Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Medical Library Association (MLA). MSLS student Jordan Wrigley She will accept the award in May at the MLA...
April 2, 2019
In her most recent column in Wired, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci discussed the need to stop excessive data collection practices for machine learning (ML), and to develop privacy-preserving ML methods. Tufekci talked about the trade-offs...
March 30, 2019
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will be well represented at the 2019 iConference in Washington, D.C. Monday, April 1 1:30pm-3:00pm – “Automating Documentation: A Critical Perspective into the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Documentation” paper presentation by...
March 28, 2019
Wei Gao (MSIS ’01), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and Vice President, Technical Advisor to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has been named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. The list features executive female leaders in...
March 27, 2019
The application deadline for the NSF Cyber Carpentry Workshop: Data Lifecycle Training has been extended to April 15, 2019. The workshop will take place July 15-26, 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Travel and accommodations will be provided for accepted participants, and a...
March 26, 2019
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor Mary Grace Flaherty has received a Lindberg Research Fellowship from the Medical Library Association (MLA) to study how information use affects timely diagnosis and health services utilization by patients with the alpha-gal...
March 21, 2019
Author, school librarian, and UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Mélina Mangal (MSLS '94) is visiting Chapel Hill in early April to share her new book, The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. She will read and discuss the picture book biography at the...
March 20, 2019
Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, issued a statement on March 20 regarding the University of California (UC) system’s decision to cancel their $50 million subscription deal with publishing giant Elsevier. “I support and applaud the UC system for...
March 20, 2019
Megan Oakleaf (PhD '06) Megan Oakleaf (PhD ’06), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award recognizes a librarian who...
March 19, 2019
Julie Stivers (MSLS’15), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and current librarian at Mount Vernon Middle School in Wake County, N.C., has been named a 2019 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal. Click here to read the full profile.   SILS alumna Julie StiversPhoto...
March 18, 2019
The deadline to register for the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Prague Summer Seminar has been extended to April 1. The two-week seminar offers lectures and tours related to librarianship in a country that deals with a history of monarchy, empire, Communism, and the meeting of...
March 16, 2019
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci was one of the featured speakers at the 30th Anniversary of the World Wide Web at CERN in Switzerland. Lou Montulli, Zeynep Tufekci, Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Jean-François Groff, and Frédéric Donck at...
March 9, 2019
The UNC School of Information and Library Science will participate in this year’s #GiveUNC, a 24-hour virtual gathering of Tar Heel alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends to give back and support Carolina. giveunc.unc.edu Find SILS on Social Media Twitter @uncsilsFacebook @...
February 28, 2019
Scholar, teacher, and “recovering journalist,” Meredith D. Clark will deliver the 2019 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture, hosted by the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), on April 26 at 11:30 am. The title of her talk is "Black Women Tried to Tell Y'all: Race, Representation, and...
February 28, 2019
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Melanie Feinberg and Assistant Professor Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi are authors on two of the five papers named as finalists for the best full research paper award at iConference 2019. The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper...
February 27, 2019
Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has won the Best Article Award for 2018 from Business Horizons. “Artificial intelligence and the future of work: Human-AI symbiosis in organizational decision making,” appeared in the July–...
February 27, 2019
A copy of the Billion Year Archive, a vast collection of human knowledge recorded on a small but durable disc, has been hurtling toward the moon on the spacecraft Beresheet since its launch on Feb. 22. Paul Jones, Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), helped curate...
February 22, 2019
Cal Lee, Professor at UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and editor of American Archivist, recently talked with the Archives in Context podcast, sharing his vision for the journal, advice for peer-reviewed journal writing, and strategies to get involved in professional...
February 21, 2019
Two students from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded scholarships to attend the 2019 Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference. Miana Breed, Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student, and Betsy Ford, Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS...
February 20, 2019
Amelia Gibson, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently talked with Focus on Carolina, a WCHL radio program, for a two-part segment about her research. Gibson studies how autistic people and their families seek and exchange information in their local...
February 18, 2019
In her most recent column in Wired, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci discusses how the loss of credibility in the online era has created a need for digital verification by means of cryptographic digital signing or blockchain databases.  “When...
February 13, 2019
Christopher “Cal” Lee, Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been selected for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Program (ALP) for 2019-20. Professor Cal Lee Eight Carolina faculty members are chosen for the program each year based on...
February 7, 2019
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will host the fifth annual SILS Project Fair on Wednesday, April 17. Visit the project fair’s website for more information and to register by April 10: http://silsprojectfair.web.unc.edu/ The fair is designed to highlight the work of our...
February 6, 2019
Prospective students can get a better idea of what it’s like to major in information science at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) by watching a series of videos now available on the SILS YouTube channel. Fourteen current students and recent graduates from the Bachelor of...
February 6, 2019
All students, faculty, and staff of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are invited to submit nominations for the 2019 Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence. SILS will recognize two outstanding faculty - one full-time faculty member and one adjunct faculty member - who...
February 6, 2019
Daniel Russell, Google Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View, will deliver a talk titled “The Joy of Finding Out:  Adventures in Teaching People How to Search” at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) on April 12. Dan Russell Russell...
February 1, 2019
SILS faculty members gave brief talks on their teaching, research interests, and projects on Sept. 28 as part of SILS’ first 5-Minute Madness event. You can watch the talks on the SILS YouTube channel. Go to youtube.com/uncsils and click on the SILS Faculty Research playlist. Not every current...
January 30, 2019
UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci discusses the lack of a functioning digital micropayment system on the internet and the vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) in her latest articles published in Wired and Scientific American. Her book...
January 25, 2019
When Joyce Obgurn (MSLS ’82) began graduate study at Carolina in 1980, she embarked on a journey of discovery. Chapel Hill was the perfect place for someone who, as Ogburn puts it, is naturally inquisitive. Couple that curiosity with a cutting-edge education from the UNC School of Information and...
January 17, 2019
ENABLE is now accepting applications for its second Health Informatics Data Analytics and Visualization (HiDAV) summer boot camp, a seven-week program for undergraduate students. The face-to-face boot camp will expose students to Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI) principles and encourage them to...
January 16, 2019
As part of her spring 2019 special topics course “Disability Informatics and Information,” UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor Amelia Gibson has scheduled a series of guest lectures that are open to the public. Several of the presenters will deliver their talks...
January 14, 2019
A story posted by University World News on Jan. 11 provides a detailed look at the impact made by the WiderNet Project’s eGranary Digital Library on 10 university campuses in Somalia. With internet access still “slow, unreliable, and expensive” for universities in the Puntland region of Somalia,...
January 4, 2019
When Marcia Duncan Lowry and Charles Lowry enthusiastically accepted the Dean’s invitation to co-chair the SILS Campaign, they were equally clear that they’d serve in this role for half the campaign. Being that we are at the campaign’s midpoint, Duncan Smith has accepted Dean Gary Marchionini’s...
January 3, 2019
Join SILS in the ‘city that never sleeps’ to explore special libraries, performing arts archives, the financial industry’s information management, and public librarianship initiatives through the New York Public Library (NYPL) system. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to...
January 3, 2019
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $1.1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project to develop a toolset that will enable institutions to more quickly and efficiently process emails included in born-digital collections. The UNC School of...
January 2, 2019
Marijel (Maggie) Melo, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor, talks about earning her PhD from the Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona and how that journey led her to SILS in a recently posted news story by the UofA...