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July 2016

Reagan Moore:
Data Science Pioneer

As he approaches retirement, Dr. Reagan Moore reflects on SRB, iRODS, and the ongoing challenge of helping scientists manage their data. Click to read more.
Moore will deliver the next NCDS DataBytes webinar, "Policy-based Data Management for Distributed Data Collections," on August 16. Click for more information.
SILS welcomes DigCCurr Institute 2016
The DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle summer session is taking place this week in Manning Hall. The institute, which consists of the five-day summer session and a two-day follow-up session scheduled for March 2017, is designed to foster skills, knowledge, and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.

Ron Bergquist appointed associate dean, Ryan Shaw named undergraduate program coordinator

Two SILS faculty members recently took on new roles and responsibilities for the School. Ron Bergquist has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Ryan Shaw has been appointed Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Click to read more.

Brian Sturm named McColl Professor

Brian Sturm has been appointed Francis Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor, effective July 1. The McColl Professorship recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to research, teaching, and service to SILS. Click to read more.

How the Internet Saved Turkey’s Internet-Hating President

Cal Lee presents digital forensics workshops in Australia

SILS Professor Cal Lee traveled to Australia to teach a series of workshops on digital forensics for librarians and archivists from May 30-June 10. Click to read more.
Professor Paul Jones won second place and an honorable mention in the North Carolina Literary Review 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition. Click to read more.
Cliff Missen, SILS Associate Professor and Director of the WiderNet@UNC research lab, was recently interviewed by the International Librarians Network for a story on WiderNet and eGranary Digital Library. Click to read more

Faculty Promotions

  • Dr. Cal Lee was promoted to full professor, effective July 1. 
  • Dr. Zeynep Tufekci was promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1.

Faculty Departures

  • Professor Diane Kelly has accepted a position as Director of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS). She will begin her new appointment on August 8. Click to read more. 
  • Lecturer Ericka Patillo (MSLS '99, Ph.D. '16) has accepted a position as Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University. She will hold the rank of associate professor. 

SILS launches LinkedIn page

To help promote the School to prospective students and to strengthen connections with alumni and current students, SILS has created a LinkedIn for Education page. SILS is asking all alumni and current students to link directly to the SILS page in the education section of their profiles. Click here for a pdf with more detailed instructions.

PATHSS celebrates first graduates

Brian O’Donnell and Brittany Newby, the first two graduates of the innovative Project Achieve for Transitioning High School Students (PATHSS) program, were recognized on the Carolina campus on June 1. A unique partnership between UNC and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, PATHSS is designed to help high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare for life after high school. PATHSS is coordinated by SILS alumna Dana Hanson-Baldauf (PhD '13), and SILS has been proud to provide space for the program in Manning Hall in recent years. The program and its first two graduates were recently spotlighted in several news features:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library wins PR award from ALA

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library won the 2016 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award from the American Library Association. The Library received the honor for its campaign titled “A Library of Possibilities,” a series of videos featuring the authentic stories of its customers. Click to read more.

Alumni News

Heather McCullough selected for online learning leadership program
Heather McCullough (MSIS ’07) has been selected as a 2016 fellow for the Institute of Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). The program enables participants to work with colleagues from around the world and join a growing network of higher education leaders. Click to read more.

Lisa Gregory named Program Coordinator for NC Digital Heritage Center
Lisa Gregory (MSLS '09) is the new Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. She will help define and promote the services offered by the Center and set priorities for current and future projects. Click to read more.

Kristen Merryman named Digital Projects Librarian for NC Digital Heritage Center
Kristen Merryman (MSLS '10) has been appointed Digital Projects Librarian for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. She will work with staff in institutions and organizations throughout the state to develop and implement new digitization projects. Click to read more.

Emily Vorhies joins EPA Library as Electronic Resources Librarian
Emily Vorhies (MSLS ’12) recently joined the EPA-RTP Library as the Electronic Resources Librarian. She will work closely with the EPA-RTP Library Director and EPA Federal Project Officer on all facets of serials and electronic resource management including receipt, licensing, processing, and management activities. Click to read more.

Reception brings together alumni and friends in Orlando
SILS and UNC Library recently hosted a reception in Orlando, Fla., to coincide with the 2016 American Library Association Conference. Alumni, friends, faculty, and staff gathered at the Copper Canyon Grill on June 26 to catch up with one another and hear the latest news from Chapel Hill. SILS Dean Gary Marchionini and University Librarian and Associate Provost Sarah C. Michalak provided updates on recent developments. Click to read more.

For more photos of the event, visit the SILS Flickr album. (Special thanks to SILS doctoral student Emily Vardell for taking the photos).

Upcoming Events

  • SAA Reception, August 4, 7-9 p.m., Atlanta. If you're attending ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016, the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists in Atlanta, please plan to join SILS for a reception at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails, 270 Peachtree Street.
  • IFLA 2016 World Library and Information Congress, August 13-19, Columbus, Ohio. Please let us know if you will be there and we’ll put you in touch with other SILS alumni who are planning to attend.
  • "The New ABCs of Research" by Ben Shneiderman, September 12, 3 p.m., Carolina Club. Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, will deliver the 11th annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture, sharing insights from his latest book The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations.
  • Bebo White on Bitcoin and Blockchain, September 28, 3 p.m., Wilson Library. Bebo White, Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will explain the fundamentals behind Bitcoin, including Blockchain and the mining process.
  • 2016 Henderson Lecture by Cassidy R. Sugimoto (MSLS '07, Ph.D. '10), Associate Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, October 3, 3 p.m., Wilson Library. More details soon.  
  • 2016 Charleston Library Conference, October 31-November 5, Charleston, S.C. Speakers will include SILS faculty Cal Lee and Ryan Shaw and SILS Librarian Rebecca Vargha.

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