news@sils May 2015

May 2015
SILS 2015 Spring Commencement Honors Graduates,
Recognizes Outstanding Faculty Member and Alumnus

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its annual spring commencement on Sunday, May 10. In addition to honoring BSIS, MSIS, MSLS, and PhD graduates, the event also included the presentation of the 2015 Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence to Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Tim Bucknall. Click to read more.

SILS Professor Zeynep Tufekci Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at SILS, has been named an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for her proposal “Big Data and the Algorithmic Threat to Democracy and Civil Society.” The new annual fellowship program provides up to $200,000 to scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences. Click to read more.

Recent Interviews, Columns, and Essays

Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALAs) Selected for 2015-16
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has selected its newest class of Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALAs) for the 2015-2016 academic year. CALAs work 20 hours per week in their assigned department, for which they receive a salary, tuition awards, health insurance, and professional development opportunities. Click to read more.
SILS Professor Reagan Moore Delivers Invited Talk to EPA
Reagan Moore gave a talk titled “Data Management: Concepts and Challenges” to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists, researchers, and librarians at the EPA Library in Research Triangle Park on May 5, 2015.  Click to read more.
iRODS User Group Meeting will Feature New Software Capabilities and Presentations from Global Users
The iRODS User Group Meeting 2015, scheduled for June 10-11 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, will include presentations highlighting new features available in the iRODS 4.1 release and ways in which the software has been utilized by partners throughout the U.S. and around the world. Click to read more.
SILS Professor David Gotz Co-Edits JAMIA Issue
David Gotz, associate professor at SILS and assistant director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP), co-edited the March 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Click to read more.
Google I/O Extended Coming to UNC-Chapel Hill
Part watch party, part developer workshop scheduled to coincide with the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the May 28 event will include code labs, livestreaming of I/O, and a welcome from Chapel Hill office Googlers. Registration has closed for the event, but volunteers are still needed. Click to read more.
Alumna Heather McCullough to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Albright College Conference
Heather McCullough (MSIS 2007) will deliver the keynote address at Albright College’s Teaching and Learning Showcase in Reading, Penn., on May 28. Click to read more.
Alumnus Jeff Bollinger Authors Book on InfoSec
Jeff Bollinger (MSIS 2003) has co-authored a book titled Crafting the InfoSec Playbook: Security Monitoring and Incident Response Master Plan, which was published by O'Reilly Media in May. Click to read more.
SILS Researcher Kam Woods Interviewed for Library of Congress Blog
Kam Woods, research scientist at SILS, was recently interviewed about his work with BitCurator and the BitCurator Access project for “The Signal,” a Library of Congress blog focusing on digital stewardship. Click to read more.
Alumna Miriam Intrator Receives Dain Award for Dissertation on Libraries in Post-WWII Europe
Miriam Intrator (MSLS '03) has received the 2015 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award from the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). Click to read more.
Alumnus Mike Nutt Appointed Director of Visualization Services for NCSU Libraries
Mike Nutt (MSIS ’11) has been appointed Director of Visualization Services for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. Click to read more.
Baker & Taylor Scholarships Help Six SILS Students Travel to Prague and London
Six SILS master’s students will have the opportunity to study librarianship in Europe this summer thanks to the Baker & Taylor Scholarships for SILS summer seminars. Click to read more.
Learn More about Monthly Giving to SILS from Distinguished Alumnus David Goble
Monthly giving provides SILS with a predictable revenue stream and highly efficient source of income. SILS Distinguished Alumnus David Goble (MSLS ’94) explains the benefits for donors. Click to read more.
SILS Alumnae Amanda Ross and Meg Tuomala Selected for 2015 Archives Leadership Institute

In a competitive application process, Amanda Ross (MSLS ’08) and Meg Tuomala (MSLS ’10) have been selected to participate in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, ALI@Luther is providing advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders in the archival profession. Click to read more.

Alumna Megan England Named ‘Rising Star’ by the N.J. Library Association
Megan England (MSLS '13) was named a Rising Star at the annual New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Conference Honors and Awards Reception on April 21. Click to read more.
Next eGranary will Include TED Talks
TED Talks are about to spread even further thanks to a collaboration with the WiderNet Project, a non-profit founded and directed by SILS associate professor Cliff Missen. All 1,900 TED Talks will be included in the next release of WiderNet's eGranary Digital Library. Click to read more.
SILS Professor Mary Grace Flaherty and MSLS Student Faith Burns Receive Grant to Develop "Read & Reach" Program
SILS assistant professor Mary Grace Flaherty and student Faith Burns have received a $5,000 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the ALA to develop “Read & Reach: A Resource for Promoting Physical Activity in Storytime Programs.” Click to read more.
MSLS Student Kai Ewing Delivers Talk on Transgender Needs and the Academic Library

Kai Ewing (MSLS ’15) delivered a presentation titled “Transgender Needs and the Academic Library” on May 7 at the Davis Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program was sponsored by the University Library Diversity Education and Programming Committee. Click here to open a PPT file with slides from the presentation.

SILS Library Student Employee Justin Stidham Honored for Exemplary Work
Justin Stidham, a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate who has worked in the SILS Library for the last three years, has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Student Employee Appreciation Award from the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB). Click to read more.
SILS Grad Students Zekun Hu and Halley Hair Receive MER Conference Scholarships

Zekun Hu and Halley Hair have been awarded scholarships to attend the 2015 National Conference on Managing Electronic Records (MER) in Chicago, May 18-20. The scholarships, funded by MER sponsors Cohasset Associates, are presented each year to students from a select set of library and information schools. Click to read more.

In Memoriam
Upcoming Events
SILS and UNC Libraries Reunion at ALA Conference

If you're attending the 2015 American Library Association Conference or if you'll be in the San Francisco area on June 28, please join the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and UNC Libraries for a reception at Bar Norcini at the Villa Florence Hotel from 5-7 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and students are invited to attend. Click to read more.

SILS Project Fair, April 10, 2015
Autonomous Weapons: Information Technology and the Arms Race
A Talk by Mark Gubrud, PhD, April 7, 2015
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