2021 News

August 30, 2021
As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is hosting a year-long examination of how technological developments and social upheavals, including those ushered by the COVID-19 pandemic, will shape information and knowledge work in the years...
August 26, 2021
As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is hosting a series of faculty Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. The next event on Friday, Aug. 27, will feature SILS Associate Professor Jaime Arguello and Teaching Assistant Professor Megan Winget...
August 19, 2021
As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is hosting a series of faculty Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions, starting Friday, Aug. 20. The first event will feature SILS Alumni Distinguished Professor Helen Tibbo, Professor Christopher “Cal”...
August 18, 2021
SILS Dean Gary Marchionini Gary Marchionini,  Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), sent the following message to SILS students, faculty, and staff on August 18, the first day of classes for the fall 2021 semester at...
August 6, 2021
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), spent part of her summer interviewing musician and mogul Sean Combs and writing an expansive profile of “the original influencer,” which became the September cover story for Vanity Fair...
August 3, 2021
Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently published a paper examining why biographies about women who meet Wikipedia’s criteria for inclusion are more frequently considered non-notable and nominated for deletion compared to men’s...
July 23, 2021
Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is lead author on two recent articles examining how new technologies are shaping the future of work.  SILS Associate Professor Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi In “Flexible Work and Personal Digital...
July 23, 2021
As an aspiring physician and biology major at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Kailyn Sellers never envisioned herself coding, text mining, or conducting large scale data analysis, activities she associated more with computer science than with medicine.  At this summer’s...
July 14, 2021
A $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support a new project at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) to develop software that can identify and redact sensitive information within research-related datasets, documents, and communications. SILS Professor...
June 25, 2021
Katherine Wisser (MSLS ’00, PhD ’09), Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science and Director of the Archives Concentration and Archives Certificate programs at Simmons University in Boston, Mass., will be inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) on...
June 25, 2021
In a guest essay for the New York Times, Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), gives a thorough review of facts and theories surrounding the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. “Once a rare event, like a pandemic, has happened, one has to consider all...
June 24, 2021
The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life released the first episode of its new podcast, “Does Not Compute,” on June 22. “If we want to fix our relationship to technology, we have to understand what’s broken first,” says the podcast introduction on the CITAP website. “On Does Not...
June 22, 2021
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is writing two new books for Random House. The first book, BASIC, will be a paradigm-shifting exploration of how white identity is created, commodified, and disseminated as a dominant cultural...
June 15, 2021
Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was recently featured by Carolina’s online publication The Well in an article about “How to improve your media literacy skills.” Francesca Tripodi in front of Manning Hall. Photo by Johnny Andrews/...
June 15, 2021
Alexandra Chassanoff and Colin Post, graduates of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) doctoral program, are the 2021 recipients of the Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for their handbook, OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital...
May 26, 2021
Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will deliver the keynote address, “Searching for Alternative Facts,” for the Responsible Machine Learning conference, June 3-4. Organized by Women in Data Science (WiDS), the Institute for Advanced...
May 25, 2021
Endeavors, the online research magazine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published a series of retrospective features to show the advancement of projects that the publication highlighted years or even decades earlier.  In 2000, Endeavors talked with researchers with the...
April 23, 2021
Mary Grace Flaherty, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has written a new book to help library staff plan and execute events that will serve their communities.  Great Library Events: From Planning to Promotion to Evaluation, published by Rowman &...
April 19, 2021
Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will serve as a panelist for “Truth & Denial: Searching for Information in the Digital Era," Thursday, April 22, 12:00-1:30pm PST (3:00pm-4:30pm EST). Register now. This online event is part of...
April 17, 2021
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was recently a guest on The Ezra Klein Show, a podcast distributed by the New York Times. The segment debuted April 13, the same week McMillan Cottom delivered the Ed Mignon Distinguished...
April 16, 2021
Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is co-author of “Ten scientific reasons in support of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” published April 15 in the medical journal Lancet. The paper presents overwhelming evidence that the SARS-CoV-2...
April 2, 2021
Gary Marchionini, Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been reappointed to serve as dean of the School for another five-year term. Marchionini, who has served in the deanship since 2010, is in his 23rd year at Carolina....
March 31, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is saddened to share that adjunct faculty member Stephen Frank Pearson died on March 25, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Durham, N.C. Stephen Frank Pearson, LinkedIn Profile Photo A graduate-level instructor at both Carolina and Utica College...
March 30, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has again been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. SILS tied for the #2 spot in the 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings of library and information studies programs. SILS ranked #1 for health...
March 26, 2021
On Tuesday, March 30, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will once again join other units across campus for GiveUNC, a one-day event to celebrate what makes Carolina so special and show support for our students and programs. You can help by making a gift to the SILS fund that...
March 26, 2021
The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) recently published a Critical Disinformation Studies syllabus to prompt disinformation researchers to rethink many of the assumptions in this nascent field. The syllabus draws from historical case studies—Japanese incarceration, the...
March 25, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) congratulate SILS Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci on joining the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security at the Columbia University School of Journalism as a...
March 19, 2021
In recent columns for The Atlantic, Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), examines mistakes made by public health officials and the media that continue to hinder efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as well as positive developments...
March 17, 2021
Researchers and affiliates of the Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) will join other experts from around the world for the first annual conference of the Platform Governance Research Network, March 24-26.   The full conference program is available online and you...
March 17, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is planning its first ever virtual commencement ceremony. We will be recognizing both our 2020 and 2021 graduates on Thursday, May 13, at 7:00 pm EST. The ceremony will be hosted via Zoom, as well as live streamed on the SILS YouTube channel...
March 10, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has been awarded a federal contract to continue operating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Library through the year 2025. The new contract extends a relationship between the School and the EPA that has...
March 3, 2021
The inaugural IDEA Forum on Wednesday, March 10, will bring together the iSchool community to connect on the critical topics of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) impacting our field and the world. The online event, scheduled for 11:00 am – 6:00pm EST, is free but you must...
February 24, 2021
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will give the Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture at the University of Washington iSchool on April 13, and the keynote address for the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2021...
February 23, 2021
Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), addresses the Gamestop short squeeze scandal in her recent column for The Atlantic, titled “It’s All Rigged: What Robinhood and Facebook have in Common.” Tufecki explains the mechanisms that allowed...
February 18, 2021
The SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) invites nominations for the 2021 SILS Distinguished Alumni Award until Feb. 28. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional library or information science achievements at national, state, or local levels, or who have provided...
February 10, 2021
All students, faculty, and staff of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are invited to submit nominations for the 2021 Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence. SILS will recognize two outstanding faculty, one full-time faculty member and one adjunct faculty member or...
February 1, 2021
The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host an evening of celebration with the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective (CAAWC) on Feb. 9 at 7:00 PM EST. Register here. The event will include a reading of works in “All the Songs We Sing,” the new...
February 1, 2021
The News & Observer recently named Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), Tar Heel of the Month in recognition of her early warnings and sound advice on the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues.  Zeynep Tufekci on a 2020 research trip...
January 28, 2021
The Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP) at Carolina is hosted a live panel discussion on information, technology, and current American politics Jan. 19. If you missed the event or you'd like to watch again, register here to stream the full recording, now until Feb. 13.  As...
January 5, 2021
Getting ready for the spring 2021 semester at UNC-Chapel Hill? Be sure to consult the Carolina Together Testing Program website to determine if, when, and how often you need to be tested for COVID-19. The new testing approach will allow the University to identify cases and trends quickly and...
January 4, 2021
Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), offers insights and advice on the escalating pandemic and President Donald Trump’s grabs for power in her recent columns for The Atlantic. Zeynep Tufekci delivers a talk on truth in the digital world...
January 4, 2021
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) invites you to explore our annual fall newsletter containing stories, announcements, and reflections from throughout 2020. If you are reading on a laptop or desktop screen, we encourage you to flip through an online version (see below for...
January 4, 2021
Litwin Books and Library Juice Press will host a virtual book launch of Re-making the Library Makerspace Critical Theories, Reflections, and Practices on Friday, Jan. 29, at 1:00pm EST. Click here to register for the event. Maggie Melo in front of Manning Hall on Carolina's campus. Maggie Melo,...