Upcoming SILS Events

Spring 2023 Alumni Lecture with Sayan Chakraborty (MSIS '06)

Thursday, March 30th at 2:30 p.m.   |    Manning 01


Talk Title:  Enabling a green future: information professions in the age of sustainability, green economy, and green energy

Abstract: Our interconnected world is confronting global challenges that are testing the limits of human capabilities and progress. Sustainable social and economic progress requires achieving just and equitable societies that balances people, planet, peace, partnership, and prosperity. One of the  foundations of modern societies- our energy systems are confronting fundamental unprecedented global social and technological change on the path to sustainable net-zero full electrification. The information professions bring unique human-oriented perspectives to addressing these challenges. The talk will highlight some of the opportunities for information professionals in the sustainability, green economy, and green energy domains that the speaker has identified and experienced.

Bio: Sayan Chakraborty (SILS MSIS 2006) is the Co-founder and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer for Optimized Sciences. A startup focused on providing breakthrough innovations and digital transformation solutions to enable sustainable energy transition. He is also an advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs in the cyclical economy and sustainability domains. He is a technology strategy and enterprise architect with over 15 years technology consulting and professional services experience for utilities and manufacturing clients across the globe. Sayan is based out of The Netherlands and enjoys traveling to experience different cultures, hiking, and camping when his schedule allows.

Skill Building Workshops with Antoine de Torcy

SILS students are welcome to join Antoine de Torcy, SILS software engineer, for two Spring 2023 skills-building workshops in March 2023. Antoine is a full-stack engineer with experience in open source and SaaS development, and has been with UNC and SILS since 2009.

Workshop 1: Webcrawling for Data Science
March 24th, 2023  |  9 - 11 a.m.  |  Manning 01
Workshop Description: In this hands-on session we will look at some of the tools and methods used to automate data extraction from websites. We will be using Python, but no coding expertise is required. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome. Just open your web browser and follow along as we go through live examples together.
By the end of the workshop you will have running code which you can modify, extend, and apply to your own projects.
Workshop 2: How to work with APIs
March 31st, 2023  |  9-11 a.m.  |  Manning 01
Workshop Description: APIs are essential tools to retrieve data and interact with web services. Does your project need access to social media, weather, or financial data? Are you ready to build something with ChatGPT? Join us in Manning 001 as we go through live examples in Python and Javascript.

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

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

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.