Our Mission

SILS educates innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions; discovers principles and impacts of information; creates systems, techniques, and policies to advance information processes and services; and advances information creation, access, use, management, and stewardship to improve the quality of life for diverse local, national, and global communities.


SILS Assistant Professor and CITAP Senior Faculty Researcher Francesca Tripodi discusses the ins and outs of how search engine algorithms work, how media manipulators game the results, and how our own perceptions and biases shape our results before we even open the search bar in this episode of CITAP's podcast, Does Not Compute. Tripodi also spoke with NPR’s “All Things Considered” about her research and recent paper on how women's biographies are more likely than men's to be flagged for deletion by Wikipedia editors.


Top video: SILS Associate Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses her book, “Thick: And Other Essays,” in this 2020 interview with Amanpour and Company. McMillan Cottom recently signed a two-book deal with Random House and reviewed Savala Nolan’s book, “Don’t Let It Get You Down,” for the New York Times. Video 2: SILS Professor Cal Lee discusses his work in digital archives and curation. Lee and SILS Research Scientist Kam Woods are leading a new redaction software project with support from a $300K NSF grant. Video 3: SILS Assistant Professor Maggie Melo talks about her career path and research. Melo and members of her team at the Equity in the Making Lab recently shared some of their findings at the MIRA Conference. Video 4: A recording of the SILS Virtual Commencement on May 13, 2021. Congratulations to the SILS Class of 2020 and 2021