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PhD candidate Megan Threats wins ALISE poster competition

Megan Threats, a doctoral candidate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), won first place at the 2019 Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition, part of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference. Threats’ poster was titled “The Influence of Socio-Technical Environments on the Information Behaviors and HIV Risk Reduction Behaviors of Black Gay Men.”

Portrait photo of Megan Threats
SILS Doctoral Candidate Megan Threats

The ALISE award was the latest of several honors Threats has earned during her time at SILS, including the 2019 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Beta Phi Mu national honor society, Clarivate Analytics/MLA Doctoral Fellowship, P.E.O. Scholar Award, and Chancellor’s Doctoral Candidacy Award through the Graduate School’s Initiative for Minority Excellence.

Threats was part of a strong cohort of SILS faculty, students, and alumni sharing their expertise and research during the ALISE conference in Knoxville, Tenn., September 24-25. SILS PhD candidate Colin Post presented his poster, titled “Dark Arts: Artists’ Information Practices in the Care of Digital Artworks and Archives.” Recent SILS doctoral graduate Nina Exner (PhD ’19) shared “Development of Research Competencies Among Academic Librarians” at the doctoral poster session and served on a panel titled “Innovative Pedagogies SIG: Exploring Innovative Pedagogies in a Global Information Context.”

During the works in progress poster session, SILS Assistant Professor Amelia Gibson and PhD student Kristen Bowen shared their poster, “They Don’t Even See Us/I’m Afraid All the Time: Intersectional Approaches to Understanding Disability in LIS.” SILS Assistant Professor Maggie Melo delivered a presentation on “Technologies in LIS Education: Developing LIS Curricula for Information Professionals in Library Makerspaces.”

Related Research Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Information Interaction and Retrieval

Related Programs: Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Library Sciences