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First SILS faculty ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Friday

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” Lee, and Assistant Professor and CITAP Senior Faculty Researcher Francesca Tripodi.

Faculty members will answer pre-submitted questions and those posed by participants during the Zoom webinar, which will begin Friday at 12:00pm.

Register now or submit your question about SILS faculty research, teaching, or careers for this initial session or others planned throughout the fall.

More about the speakers

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, trustworthy repositories, and data curation. She directs the master’s program in Digital Curation and Management and developed the Archives and Records Management (ARM) concentration at SILS. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was SAA President from 2010–2011. She has been Principal Investigator on several Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded projects that have helped define digital curation best practices, particularly for government and scientific research data.

Dr. Cal Lee teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and digital forensics. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and former editor of The American Archivist. His primary area of research is the curation of digital collections, particularly the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods into professional practice. He is currently Principal Investigator (PI) for the Review, Appraisal, and Triage of Mail (RATOM) project, and previously led the BitCurator, BitCurator Access, and BitCurator NLP projects, which developed and disseminated open-source digital forensics tools for use by libraries, archives, and museums (LAMS).

Dr. Francesca Tripodi is a senior faculty researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) and an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. In 2019, she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on her research, explaining how search processes are gamed to maximize exposure and drive ideologically based queries. This research is the basis of her book, which is under contract with Yale University Press. She recently published a paper(link is external) 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 biographies. The paper created a buzz on social media and caught the attention of several news outlets, including NPR’s “All Things Considered” and MarketPlace Tech.