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News from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS). View this email in your browser

October 2016

Mellon Foundation grant will support BitCurator expansion to improve accessibility of digital collections

UNC has received a grant for $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support BitCurator NLP, a project that will develop software and protocols for the application of natural language processing (NLP) methods to born-digital library, archives, and museum (LAM) collections. SILS Professor Cal Lee will serve as principal investigator for the two-year project. Click to read more.

Amelia Gibson awarded Kilgour Grant to study information seeking by young black women

“Know That! Young Black Women and Personal Geographies of Information Seeking.” Click to read more.

Zeynep Tufekci's new TED Talk available online

SILS Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci’s latest TED Talk, “We can't control what our intelligent machines are learning,” was recently posted on the TED website. Click to watch.

Brian Nussbaum honored with UNC IT Award

SILS Desktop Support and Help Desk Manager Brian Nussbaum received the 2016 UNC Information Technology Award on October 14. Click to read more.

In the News

Time published a story on how SILS Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci's Tweet spurred a fundraising effort to help rebuild the Orange County GOP office after a firebombing. Tufekci wrote an analysis of social media's reaction to the second presidential debate for the New York Times. Her op-ed from August on the importance of paper ballots has also been widely circulated.

Parlez-vous français? Then you will really enjoy this Radio Télévision Suisse news segment on personal digital archives featuring SILS Professor Cal Lee. Dr. Lee was in Switzerland for iPRES2016. Click to watch.

COYL Organizes Banned Book Reading

The Coalition of Youth Librarians, led by SILS master’s student Holly Broman, organized a Banned Book Reading by SILS students and faculty in front of Manning Hall on September 27. SILS Dean Gary Marchionini kicked off the event, reading a selection from Beyond Magenta:Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin. Other books read during the two-hour celebration of freedom speech included The Kite Runner, Tango Makes Three, and Paint Me Like I Am. The event was part of UNC’s First Amendment Day, coordinated by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and celebrated during National Banned Books Week. Visit the SILS flickr album for more photos.

THE SCHOOL OF INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE THE

DUNCAN-LOWRY DEANSHIP

MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS COMMITMENT FROM

Charles B. and Marcia Duncan Lowry

Thursday, October 27
Two Thousand and Sixteen
Ten O'Clock in the Morning
Lobby, Manning Hall, Chapel Hill
Click here to RSVP


Refreshments & light breakfast fare will be served after the short ceremony

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