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Spring 2016 Bulletin

We hope you enjoy this bulletin, which includes a variety of updates on alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) that we received since the SILS print newsletter was mailed in the fall. We've also included highlights from the monthly news@sils e-newsletter, with stories on our current students, faculty, and staff. 

If you have any news to share for this fall's newsletter, please send an email to with “Alumni Update” in the subject line by September 1, 2016. New job? Promotion? Career Change? New baby? Have you written a book? Received an honor or award? Let us know!

Have a wonderful summer!

Alumni from across the decades at D.C. event
Four SILS alumni recently got together at the District of Columbia Library Association annual reception in May. From left, Constance “Connie” Carter (MSLS '65), who recently retired from the Library of Congress; Jennifer Manning (MSLS ’91) Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Amanda Wilson (MSLS '04), Director of the National Transportation Library; and Carla Y. Davis-Castro (MSLS ’14), Librarian, Indigenous Law Portal, Library of Congress.
Kathryn Mendenhall (MSLS ’76) recently concluded a 40-year career in librarianship that included 33 years at the Library of Congress. She found inspiration for her professional path in a book while working at UNC’s Wilson Library in the early 1970s. Click to read more.

Harvey Brenneise (MSLS ’79) recently retired from the profession as Associate Dean for Research Services, University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to that he served in a variety of professional roles at Andrews University (MI), Michigan Public Health Institute, Seattle Public Library, City University of Seattle, University of La Verne (CA), Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (CA), and Chadron State College (NE).

Susan Bridges Van Dyke (MSLS '80) completed a master’s degree in art education at Belmont University in Nashville in December. She teaches part-time, owns a jewelry company, and also works as a film and television extra.

Ted Waller (MSLS ’81) received the President's Award for outstanding service to the college from Meredith College in December. He retired recently, after serving as Head of Technical Services at Meredith since 1986. Click to read more.

Margaret Miles (MSLS ’83) successfully competed on Jeopardy in April, and gained international attention by embracing two classic librarian stereotypes during the interview portion of the show. Click to read more.

Gerald Holmes (MSLS '85) and Carla Y. Davis-Castro (MSLS ’14) will present posters at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2016 World Library and Information Congress. SILS Librarian Rebecca Vargha, who is actively involved with IFLA, will also be at the conference in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19. Other SILS alumni, please let us know if you’ll be there and we’ll put you in touch with the group.

Lois Ireland (MSLS ’86) was profiled in the November-December 2015 issue of the Special Libraries Association’s Information Outlook. The article covers her career, including her current position as Director of Corporate Business Services for Freddie Mac, her involvement in SLA, whether she would encourage college students to consider a library career, and why she never left her job to become a seamstress or professional dancer. Click to read more.

Mae Lipscomb Rodney (Ph.D. '86) received the SILS Distinguished Alumni Award and delivered the SILS fall commencement address in December. Click to read more.

Michael Frye (MSLS ’90) was appointed to the Metrolina Library Association Board in December 2015. Metrolina was founded in 1969 and works to foster awareness and cooperation among librarians and paraprofessionals in academic, public, school, and special libraries, as well as provide continuing education opportunities. Frye has been a master teacher librarian facilitator at Winston‑Salem State University since 2010.

Jennifer Manning (MSLS ’91) Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, recently began a three-year term on the UNC Alumni Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (ACRED). She joins fellow SILS alumnus Gerald Holmes (MSLS '85) on the committee.

Wooseob Jeong (MSLS ’97) has been named Dean of the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University in Kansas. A faculty member and former interim dean at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jeong will begin his new role as professor and dean of SLIM on July 5. Click to read more.

Tim Shearer (MSLS ’97) received the SILS Distinguished Alumni Award at the spring commencement ceremony on May 8. Click to read more.

Nick Graham (MSLS ’98) has been appointed University Archivist, based in the Wilson Special Collections Library. He will provide vision and leadership for the University Archives and Records Management Services (UARMS). Click to read more.

This spring, we asked three alumni, Dr. L. Teresa Church (MSLS ’98, Ph.D. ’08), Lori E. Harris (MSLS ’13), and Barrye Brown (MSLS ’14), to discuss their experiences at SILS and the importance of diversity to the future of the School and the profession. Watch this video for highlights of their conversation. Click here for more details.

Miles Efron (MSIS ’00, Ph.D. ’03) has been named the Centennial Scholar for 2015-2016 by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Click to read more.

Renée Bosman (MSLS ’04) is now the Government Information Librarian at UNC’s Davis Library. Click to read more.

Mary White (MSLS ’04) has been appointed Global Public Health Librarian at UNC’s Health Sciences Library. Click to read more.

Jodi Berkowitz (MSLS ’06) is now the Technical Services Archivist based in the Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC. Click to read more.

Meredith R. Evans (Ph.D. '06) has been appointed Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Click to read more.

Maggie Hite (MSLS ’06) rejoined SILS in the Dean's Office in April. She previously worked for the SILS Library and Davis Library, as well as for the Chapel Hill Public Library. From 1999-2005, she was Assistant Director of the World Library Partnership in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Most recently, she was the Documents Management Coordinator at the UNC Office of Sponsored Research. 

Joan Petit (MSLS '06) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ethiopia for the 2016-2017 academic year. Petit will teach information science classes, train staff, and work with the Jimma University Library, as well as conduct a research project focusing on open educational resources. Click to read more.

Rebecca K. Miller (MSLS ’07) was appointed Head of Library Learning Services at Penn State University Libraries in State College, Penn., in October 2015. She left her position as Assistant Director for Learning Services at Virginia Tech in order to step into this new leadership role. 

Karen Sobel (MSLS ’07) edited the book Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field, which was published by Libraries Unlimited in March. Several members of the SILS and UNC Library communities contributed to the book, including Josiah Drewry (MSLS '07) and Shari Laster (MSLS '07). Click to read more.

Sarah Gransee Arnaudin (MSLS ’08) transitioned out of children's services a few years ago and is now the branch manager at the South Buncombe Library in Asheville.

Michael Fitzgerald (MSLS '08), Electronic Services Librarian at the University of the District of Columbia, wife Katie Fitzgerald, former children's librarian at the Durham County Public Library, and big sister Margaret Louise welcomed Caroline Grace on September 30, 2015. Caroline weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 20.5 inches long. In more professional news, the second edition of Michael’s book Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce was published by Current Research in Jazz, and he was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Learning Resources Division at UDC.

Brian Moynihan (MSIS ’09) is now Head of Health Information Technology Initiatives at the UNC Health Sciences Library. Click to read more.

The SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) hosted its annual speed networking event in March. Current SILS students had the opportunity to sharpen their interviewing skills by meeting with alumni and other area professionals for three-minute sessions, followed by pizza and more casual conversation. Click here for more photos from the event.

Chirag Shah (Ph.D. ’10) has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Shah also received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Google to support his research. Click to read more.

Sofía Becerra-Licha (MSLS ’12) and Jacqueline E. Chapman (MSLS ’12) have been selected by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums for the Collective Wisdom: Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) Conference Exchange. Click to read more.

Evan Carroll (BSIS ’08, MSIS ’12) launched a new business, Evan Carroll and Associates, and published his second book, Blue Goldfish, in early 2016. Click to read more.

Alex Poole (MSLS ’09, Ph.D. ’15) joined the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2015. His research interests center on digital curation, digital humanities, pedagogy, diversity and inclusivity in the LIS profession, and all matters archival.

The Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, inducted 13 new members from the SILS Class of 2015 at its annual meeting in Chapel Hill on May 5. Click to read more.

In Deepest Sympathy

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 on our remembrance page.

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 June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Click to read more.

Grayce Holland McLamb (BSLS ’49) died on April 8, 2016, at the Mayflower Retirement Center in Winter Park, Fla. She served as a college librarian at Campbell College in Buies Creek, NC, (now Campbell University) and later at Wilmington College in Wilmington, NC, (now University of North Carolina at Wilmington). Click to read more.

David Wildon Carr, former associate professor at SILS, died on January 31, 2016. SILS welcomes your thoughts, memories, and condolences on our remembrance page.

If you know of any other alumni or former SILS faculty or staff who have passed away since last fall, please send an email with information to

Highlights from news@sils
(January-May 2016)


Faculty and Staff News

Sandra Hughes-Hassell elected to lead YALSA

Tammy Cox named University Manager of the Year

Tiffany Harris recognized for outstanding service to undergraduates

Mary Grace Flaherty receives Fulbright Award for research in Malawi

Sandra Hughes-Hassell receives IMLS grant for “Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth”

Ryan Shaw to co-direct IMLS-funded PeriodO project expansion

Rob Capra receives NSF award to develop better systems to support complex searches

Javed Mostafa named editor-in-chief of JASIST

Student Recognition

Holly Croft and Amelia Holmes awarded MER Conference scholarships

SILS professor and MSIS student Shun Sun win Best Paper Award at IUI Conference

Emily Vardell awarded Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship 

Holly Croft wins Gene Williams Award from SNCA 

Angela Murillo, Grace Shin, and Nnenna Ibeanusi accepted to CRA-Women Workshop

Meredith Hale wins Gerd Muehsam Award for paper relevant to art librarianship

Bethany Greene and Kimberley Henze awarded scholarships for London and Prague seminars

Anne Ligon Harding receives grant to attend ER&L Conference

Jessica Head and Aileen Ma awarded $1,000 scholarships

Join the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and UNC Library for a reception on Sunday, June 26, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Copper Canyon Grill in Orlando, Fla. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Spring Commencement
SILS hosted its annual spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 8. Click here for more details and photos.
UNC StorySlam
StorySlam, an event where volunteers compete by telling brief personal stories related to a theme, made its debut at UNC-Chapel Hill in April, thanks to the efforts of the SILS Doctoral Student Association and SILS Ph.D. student Sarah Beth Nelson. Click to read more.
2016 EPA Library
Open House

The EPA-RTP Library hosted its annual open house on Tuesday, April 19, welcoming EPA researchers and staff, as well as faculty and staff from SILS. Click here for more photos from the event.
SILS Project Fair
SILS held its second annual Project Fair to showcase the research and creations of our graduate and undergraduate students on April 15 in Manning Hall. Click to read more.
Edible Book Contest
The SILS Library hosted a showcase of edible creations inspired by books in its collection on April 15. For photos of all the goodies, visit the Library Flickr page.
William Kamkwamba addresses SILS Database Systems Class
Watch this video of Malawian innovator and author William Kamkwamba addressing students in the Database Systems class taught by SILS Associate Professor Cliff Missen. Kamkwamba is working with the WiderNet Project and WiderNet@UNC to create learning modules that will help bridge the know-do gap. Click to read more.
2016 Steinfirst Lecture
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 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 2016
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.
RDMS MOOC Launched
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.
Digital Preservation Under the Radar Award
In recognition of musician Roger McGuinn’s work with the Folk Den, SILS named him the inaugural recipient of its Digital Preservation Under the Radar Award. McGuinn received the award prior to his lecture and performance on March 1 at UNC's CHAT Festival. Click to read more.
Story Squad
Watch this video about Story Squad, a literacy outreach program directed by SILS Associate Professor Brian Sturm. Click to read more about Story Squad and its relationship with Estes Hills Elementary School. 
iSchools Video Contest
UNC was well represented in the inaugural iSchools video contest. Second place went to ​iSchool: School for This Century by Kevin McCraney, Instructional Designer at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Nico Carver (MSLS ’12), Coordinator for Student Multimedia Design Center Services at the University of Delaware, won third place with What is an iSchool?
CurateGear 2016
CurateGear 2016, a day-long event focusing on digital curation tools and methods, was held in Chapel Hill on January 14. Slides from the presentations are now linked from the program at /curategear2016.html and photos are available on the SILS Flickr site.
iPRES 2015
SILS and the Odum Institute hosted iPRES 2015, the premier international conference on digital preservation, November 2-6 in Chapel Hill. Keynote presentations by Lisa Nakamura and Pamela Samuelson are available on the SILS Livestream page and photos can be viewed through the SILS Flickr album. For the full conference proceedings volume, visit .at/o:429524.
Pocket Library improves the world
The WiderNet Project’s eGranary Pocket Library was ranked No. 5 on Mashable’s list of 26 innovations that improved the world in 2015. Click to read more.
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