Melanie Feinberg

Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
(919) 962-6244
mfeinber@unc.edu
Manning Hall 24
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Faculty Expertise:

Information organization and description, design of information collections

Education: 
BA, Stanford University
MS (Information Management and Systems), University of California at Berkeley
PhD (Information Science), University of Washington

Biography: 
Dr. Melanie Feinberg, an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), 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:
2018 - UNC Institute of Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship

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: 
2017. M. Feinberg. Material vision. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing 2017 (CSCW 2017), 604-617. (Acceptance rate: 35% of 530 submissions.)

2017. M Feinberg. Reading databases: slow information interactions beyond the retrieval paradigm. Journal of Documentation 73(2), 336-356.

2016. M. Feinberg. The value of discernment: Making use of interpretive flexibility in metadata generation and aggregation. Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) conference 9, June 27-29, 2016, Uppsala, Sweden. (Also in Information Research 22(1), available at http://www.informationr.net/ir/22-1/colis/colis1649.html)

2016. M. Feinberg, R. Broussard, and E. Whitworth. Framing a set: understanding the curatorial character of personal digital bibliographies. Interacting With Computers 28(1): 102-124.

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

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