Melanie Feinberg

Associate Professor,
School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
(919) 962-6244
Manning Hall, Room 24
mfeinber@unc.edu 

HOMEPAGE

Expertise and interests: Information organization and description, design of information collections

Education:
B.A., Stanford University
M.S. (Information Management and Systems), University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D. (Information Science), University of Washington

Biography:
Melanie Feinberg joined the SILS faculty in the fall of 2015. She had most recently been an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a classificationist whose research approach combines design with the humanities. Her work focuses on learning how to read and write databases to complement our engineering and mining of them. She received her PhD in 2008 from the iSchool at the University of Washington; she has a master’s from the iSchool at Berkeley (2004) and was an undergraduate at Stanford (1992). In her professional career before returning to academia, she was a content strategist and technical editor, working at companies such as Apple Computer, Scient, and PeopleSoft.

Awards and Recognition:
2014 - Best paper honorable mention award (top 5% of 2,064 submissions). M. Feinberg, D. Carter, and J. Bullard. Always somewhere, never there: using critical design to understand database interactions. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2014, 1941–1950.

2012 - Journal of Documentation highly commended paper. M. Feinberg. How information systems communicate as documents: the concept of authorial voice. Journal of Documentation 67(6), 1015–1037.

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
2015. M. Feinberg. Genres without writers: information systems and distributed authorship. In Genre Theory in Information Studies, edited by J. Andersen. London: Emerald, 43-66.   

2014. M. Feinberg, R. Broussard, and E. Whitworth. Framing a set: understanding the curatorial character of personal digital bibliographies. Interacting With Computers. (Early view access: doi: 10.1093/iwc/iwu037)

2014. M Feinberg, D. Carter, and J. Bullard. A story without end: writing the residual into databases. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2014, 385-394.

2014. M. Feinberg, D. Carter, and J. Bullard. Always somewhere, never there: using critical design to understand database interactions. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2014, 1941-1950..

2013. M. Feinberg. Beyond digital and physical objects: the intellectual work as a concept of interest for HCI. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2013, 3317-3326. 3317-3326

2012. M. Feinberg. Synthetic ethos: the believability of collections at the intersection of classification and curation. The Information Society 28(5), 329-339

2012. M. Feinberg, G. Geisler, E. Whitworth, and E. Clark.Understanding personal digital collections: an interdisciplinary exploration. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2012, 200-209.

2012. M. Feinberg. Writing the experience of information retrieval: digital collection design as a form of dialogue. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2012, 357-366.

2011. M. Feinberg. How information systems communicate as documents: the concept of authorial voice. Journal of Documentation 67(6), 1015-1037.

2011. M. Feinberg. Compiler to author: a process for designing rhetorically aware document collections. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62(9): 1784-1796.

2011. M. Feinberg. Personal expressive bibliography in the public space of cultural heritage institutions. Library Trends 59(3).

2010. M. Feinberg. Two kinds of evidence: how information systems form rhetorical arguments. Journal of Documentation 66(4): 491-512.