news@sils February 2015

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2015 OCLC/Kilgour Lecture will Feature Andrew Fiore of Facebook Discussing "The Limits of Data Science at Scale"
The 10th annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture will feature Andrew T. Fiore, Manager for Growth & Research at Facebook, exploring how traditional and new approaches to data science can be combined to help better understand the motivations behind human behavior. Click to read more.

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Jaime Arguello Receives NSF Award to Study Ways to Make Search Results More Effective and Useful
Dr. Jaime Arguello has received a National Science Foundation career award to support his research for the next five years on a project titled "Making Aggregated Search Results More Effective and Useful." Click to read more.

SILS Alumna Emily Hurst Named Head of Research and Education Department at VCU Library
Emily Hurst (MSLS ’08) has been hired as the new Head of the Research and Education Department at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Click to read more.

Ellanor Jordan and Lincoln Sward

$1,000 Scholarships Awarded to Two BSIS Students for Spring 2015
Two $1,000 scholarships for newly admitted undergraduates in the Bachelor’s in Information Science (BSIS) degree program have been awarded to Ellanor Jordan and Lincoln Sward. Click to read more.

SILS Alumna Jaycie Vos Presents Paper, Chairs Roundtable at Oral History Association Meeting
Jaycie Vos (MSLS ’13) attended the Oral History Association Annual Meeting where she presented a paper, “Oral Histories on Display: Curating a Physical and Digital Exhibit for the SOHP's 40th Anniversary,” and chaired a roundtable discussion, “Moving to Reach Our (Full, Digital) Potential.” Click to read more.

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Zeynep Tufekci Delivers TED Talk on the Internet’s Impact on Social Change
Dr. Zeynep Tufekci gave a TED Talk, “How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win,” which is now available online. Click to read more.

SILS Alumna Laura Sheble Named Runner-up for 2015 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Dr. Laura Sheble (Ph.D. ’14) has been named runner-up for the 2015 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, titled “Diffusion of Meta-Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact.” Click to read more.

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CurateGear 2015 Symposium Spotlights Digital Curation Tools and Methods
CurateGear 2015, an interactive day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods, brought archivists, librarians, and other professionals from across the country to Chapel Hill on January 7, 2015. Click to read more.

WiderNet Releases Ebola Pocket Library to Assist Health Care Workers in Areas Hit by Outbreak
The WiderNet Project has released the Ebola Pocket Library to help disseminate critical information about the disease to health care workers, community leaders and individuals in parts of the world that do not have Internet access. Click to read more.

SILS Alumnus Gerald Holmes Named Achievement in Library Diversity Honoree
Gerald Holmes (MSLS '85) was named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Honoree by the American Library Association. Click to read more.

Three SILS Faculty Receive Awards to Support Research
Robert Capra, Mary Grace Flaherty, and Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, three assistant professors at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, received UNC Junior Faculty Development Awards for 2015. Click to read more.

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Register now for SILS Prague and London Summer Seminars
SILS invites you to apply for the 2015 Prague or London Summer Seminars. Open to ALL students, faculty, staff, and professionals. Don't miss out on these exciting opportunities! Click to read more.

Showcase Your Work at the SILS Project Fair SILS master’s and undergraduate students are invited to present posters or interactive demos showcasing a project they have done while at SILS at the first annual Project Fair on April 10. Visit to learn more and complete the registration form.

Upcoming Events

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SILS and EPA-RTP Library Celebrating 40 Years

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Library will celebrate 40 years of collaboration, education, and experience on April 11, 2015. Click to read more. In December 2014, SILS was awarded a $25.3-million contract – the largest in the school’s history – to operate the EPA-RTP Library for the next five years. Click to read more.

Editor's Note

Welcome to the new news@sils! This edition includes news and features published on since December 15, 2014. Future editions of this e-newsletter will be sent to all SILS constituents on the Wednesday following to the 15th of each month (March 18, April 15, May 20, etc.). If you have an event or news item you would like to have featured in the next edition, be sure to submit it through the event form or in an email to by the 13th of the month.

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