news@sils March 2016

March 2016


SILS Commencement set for May 8
SILS will conduct its spring commencement ceremony and celebration for students who have completed their degree requirements on Sunday, May 8, 2016. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Click to read more.

Author Matt de La Peña photo Author Matt de la Peña delivers Steinfirst Lecture, spends week as artist-in-residence
Matt de la Peña, 2016 John Newbery Medal Winner and New York Times bestselling author, gave the 2016 Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature on Sunday, March 13. In conjunction with the lecture, de la Peña spent a week at Mount Vernon Middle School in Wake County. Pictures and moments from the week were shared on Twitter, #mdlPwriters. Click here to read about the Steinfirst residency.

CHIIR was here!
The first annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2016) was held March 13-17 in Chapel Hill. The conference had over 130 attendees from all over the world. For more information visit or check out #CHIIR2016 on Twitter.

Google User Study Mobile stops at CHIIR
The new Google User Study Mobile, a van the company has equipped to serve as a portable user studies lab, made one of its first stops on a cross-country tour at CHIIR 2016. The van allows people to try out early versions of Google software and participate in studies of existing products. Click to read more.

New Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC launched March 1
The SILS CRADLE team and the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh collaborated to produce the Massive Open Online Course, Research Data Management and Sharing (#RDMSmooc). SILS Alumni Distinguished Professor Helen Tibbo delivers four of the five sets of lessons. Click to read more.

iPRES 2015 proceedings and keynote addresses available online
For the full proceedings volume (complete with introduction, ISBN, table of contents, pagination), visit Keynotes are available to view on the SILS Livestream page and Vimeo page

This Week
  • Game Night at SILS - Have fun and relax at Game Night, hosted by the SILS Library on Tuesday, March 22, from 4-7 p.m. Play games provided by the library or bring your own board or video games.
  • Cheminformatics-aided Pharmacovigilance: Application to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome - The Duke/UNC Joint Health Informatics Seminar Series will present "Cheminformatics-aided Pharmacovigilance: Application to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome," by Alexander Tropsha, Ph.D., on Wednesday, March 23, from 4-5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library, Room 227.
  • SILS Alumni Association Speed Networking - Come to the SILS Alumni Association Speed Networking event on Wednesday, March 23, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Manning Hall 307. Meet a variety of library and information professionals, hear about their workplaces, and talk about your own interests and skills. Click here to RSVP for the event. 
  • EPA Library Internship Information Session - Join EPA Library staff and interns on Thursday, March 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Manning 307 to learn more about internship opportunities for the 2016/2017 academic year.
  • Spring Storytime - Celebrate Spring with stories and snacks at this fun, family-friendly event on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the SILS Library. Sponsored by the Carolina Women's Center and the SILS Library.

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Upcoming Events

SILS in the News
  • WNCN aired a story on March 16 about author Matt de la Peña's week as the Steinfirst artist-in-residence at Mount Vernon Middle School, including interviews with de la Peña and SILS alumn Julie Stivers (MSLS '15). The video has not yet been posted online.
  • UNC.EDU published a story and video about Story Squad's partnership with Estes Elementary. 
  • SILS Dean Gary Marchionini and alumnus Evan Carrol (BSIS '08, MSIS '12) were the featured experts on a WRAL segment about the risks of parents creating digital footprints for their children through social media. Click to watch the video.
  • The News & Observer published a feature on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Roger McGuinn’s creation and ongoing contributions to the Folk Den, a digital archive of folk songs hosted on The story highlighted his lecture and performance at UNC’s 2016 Chat Festival, where he was presented the first Digital Preservation Under the Radar Award from SILS.  McGuinn and the award had previously been featured in INDY Week.

Editor's Note

This issue of news@sils was postponed due to spring break. The next issue of news@sils will be sent on Wednesday, April 20. If you have an event or news item you would like to have featured, be sure to submit it through the event form or in an email to by March 14.