news@sils May 2016

May 2016


SILS 2016 Spring Commencement
SILS hosted its spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 8. In addition to celebrating the 2016 BSIS, MSIS, MSLS, and Ph.D., graduates, the event included recognition for exceptional student research, excellence in teaching, and outstanding service to the school, as well as the presentation of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Tim Shearer (MSLS ’97). Click to read more and visit our Flickr page for photos.

Author Matt de La Peña photo Professor Sandra Hughes-Hassell elected to lead YALSA
SILS Professor Sandra Hughes-Hassell has been elected to the 2016-19 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Board of Directors as President-Elect. Hughes-Hassell has been active with the organization for many years, previously serving on the board from 2011-2014 and as editor of YALSA’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Click to read more.

Holly Croft and Amelia Holmes awarded MER Conference scholarships
Nahali (Holly) Croft, a recent SILS MSLS graduate, and Amelia Holmes, who will complete her MSLS in August, have received scholarships to attend the Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference in Chicago, May 23-25. SILS Associate Professor Cal Lee introduced the program at SILS in 2006, and two students have benefitted from the scholarships funded by MER sponsor Cohasset Associates each year since. Click to read more.

William Kamkwamba working with WiderNet to bridge the know-do gap
Malawian innovator and author William Kamkwamba is working with the WiderNet Project and WiderNet@UNC to create learning modules that will encourage people to seek out new knowledge and apply it through meaningful projects. During the spring semester, Kamkwamba visited Associate Professor Cliff Missen's Database Systems class to share his experiences and provide input on a class project. Click here to read more and for links to videos of his classroom visit.

In Deepest Sympathy

William H. “Bill” Graves, Ph.D., a SILS Board of Visitors member, died on April 9, 2016, after a protracted and valiant struggle with brain cancer. A celebration of Dr. Graves’ life will be held Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Click to read more.

Raymond Leonard Carpenter, Jr., an alumnus, former dean, and professor emeritus of SILS, died peacefully on April 25, 2016, while in hospice care. SILS welcomes your thoughts, memories, and condolences. Please visit our remembrance page to leave your message.

Upcoming Events
  • CHIP Practicum Presentation by Bonmi Koo, Tuesday, May 31, 11:00 a.m., HSL 227
    "An analysis of personal experience of chronic illness management based on the Social Model of Personal Health Informatics"
  • CHIP Practicum Presentation by Priyanka Bhojwani, Tuesday, May 31, 3:45 p.m., HSL 227
    "An analysis of process issues in the evaluation of psychiatric patients at UNC Health Care’s Emergency Department"
  • 2016 ALA Reception - Sunday, June 26, 5-7 p.m., Copper Canyon Grill, Orlando
    Catch up with friends and former classmates and learn more about some of the latest happenings at UNC with updates from SILS Dean Gary Marchionini and University Librarian and Associate Provost Sarah C. Michalak

Editor's Note

The next news@sils will be sent on June 15. 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 Monday, June 13. SILS alumni, look for a special spring news e-bulletin in late May with additional news stories and updates on SILS alumni.