Upcoming SILS Events

SILS Practicum Poster Fair

Friday, December 1 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
SILS Library

Learn about the master’s practicum projects completed this fall and meet our talented student teams! Undergraduates who are considering a graduate degree are encouraged to attend for a first-hand look at the practicum experience. Light refreshments will be provided.


How Does It Feel to Make a Record? Communities, Emotions, and the Urgency of Archives 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3-4 p.m., Manning Room 01

Grounded in critical archival studies, this talk will look toward independent, minoritized identity-based community archives to envision new liberatory possibilities for library and information science. More specifically, this presentation will present empirical data from Virtual Belonging, an IMLS-funded project investigating the emotional, cultural, and political impact of digital peer-to-peer oral history programs run by two community archives: the Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) and the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Although these two archives serve and represent different communities, in-depth qualitative interviews with participants at both sites uncovered three similar themes: the emotional impact of creating self-validating records in the face of symbolic annihilation; the importance of shared positionality with interviewers; and the affordances of digital recording technologies. The talk will address implications of these findings for archival theory and practice and situate them within both a larger vision for LIS and ongoing conversations about power, memory, and ethical research.

Diane KellyMichelle Caswell, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she co-directs the UCLA Community Archives Lab (https://communityarchiveslab.ucla.edu/). In 2008, together with Samip Mallick, Caswell co-founded the South Asian American Digital Archive (http://www.saada.org), an online repository that documents and provides access to the stories of South Asian Americans. She is the author of two books (Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work (Routledge, 2021) and Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)), as well as more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has defined and refined core concepts in critical archival studies, including: community archives, imagined records, symbolic annihilation, radical empathy, corollary records, survivor-centered archives, and feminist standpoint appraisal.



SILS 2023-2024 Faculty Lightning Talks and  Conversations

Please join us this fall for a variety of virtual sessions with faculty.  New faculty will give lightning talks on Friday, August 25.  Remaining SILS faculty will take part in faculty conversations, where they will provide insight in to how their research and teaching interconnect.  All faculty events will take place on Zoom Webinar.  View the full schedule below.

Friday, August 25, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
New Faculty Lightning Talks
Alex Chassanoff
Mike Fox
Ericka Patillo
Willie Payne
Joseph Winberry
Register to attend the talks here

Friday, September 1, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Robert Capra and Mohammad Jarrahi
Register to attend the conversation here

Friday, September 8, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Arcot Rajasekar and Cal Lee
Register to attend the conversation here

Friday, September 15, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Melanie Feinberg and Jaime Arguello
Register to attend the conversation here

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Brian Sturm and Casey Rawson
Register to attend the conversation here

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Ron Bergquist and Megan Winget
Register to attend the conversation here

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
Faculty Conversation
Elliott Kuecker, Francesca Tripodi, Maggie Melo
Register to attend the conversation here



SILS 2022-23 Faculty AMAs, Alumni AMAs, Alumni Lectures and Showcase

The virtual SILS Faculty and Alumni Ask Me Anything (AMA) Series and the virtual Alumni Lecture series is returning in 2022-23. View the full schedule below as well as event details and registration information below.

Fall 2022 Faculty ask Me Anything Series

All are invited to join SILS faculty for our Faculty Ask Me Anything (AMA) webinar series, where attendees can ask questions regarding faculty research, projects, expertise areas and more. All Faculty AMAs will be streamed live on our YouTube channel. View the full schedule below:

Friday, August 18, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Francesca Tripodi
Brad Hemminger
Jaime Arguello
Friday, August 26, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Melanie Feinberg
Matt Perault
Friday, September 2, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Megan Winget
Ron Bergquist
Helen Tibbo
Friday, September 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Gary Marchionini
Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Elliott Kuecker
Maggie Melo
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Mohammad Jarrahi
Arcot Rajasekar
Rob Capra
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET
Javed Mostafa 
Ray Wang
Lukasz Mazur

2022-23 SILS Alumni Ask Me Anything Series

Information coming soon.

2022-23 Alumni Lecture Series

Spring 2023 Alumni Lectures

Donna Nixon (MSLS '01)
Thursday, February 9th at 2 p.m. ET
Registration information coming soon.

2023 SILS Scholar Showcase


The 2023 SILS Scholar Showcase will take place on Friday April 21st, 2023 at the Carolina Union. The SILS Scholar Showcase is a day for the SILS community to gather and share research and professional projects as well as explore topics in the library science and information science space. The event consists of three opportunities to explore recent work and accomplishments of SILS students, including:

The Symposium on Information for Social Good (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The SILS Practicum Poster Fair (1-2:30 p.m.)

The SILS Project Fair (3-5 p.m.)

The event is free and open to the SILS community. Register to attend here: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJbaZgqSSNIDuo6