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August 2016

Cal Lee co-authors CLIR report on the implications of federal public access plans for data curation

A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources, co-authored by SILS Professor Cal Lee, offers a series of recommendations to improve open data infrastructure, engage a broad community of stakeholders to support the management of data as an asset, and expand collaboration that is vital to ensuring public access to data. Click to read more.

SILS alumna Cassidy Sugimoto to deliver 2016 Henderson Lecture

Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto (MSLS ’07, Ph.D. ’10) will deliver a lecture titled “‘What Does it Matter Who is Speaking?’ Disparity and Disruption in Scholarly Communication,” on October 3. The talk will examine gender disparities in scholarly communication, with a particular emphasis on metrics of production, impact, and innovation. Click to read more.

University Librarian Sarah Michalak to retire Dec. 31

Sarah Michalak, University Librarian and Associate Provost for University Libraries, has announced that she will retire on December 31, 2016. Michalak has been UNC’s library director since 2004. Click to read more.

PhD candidate Alex Chassanoff awarded CLIR fellowship to join MIT Libraries

Erica Brody wins Elfreda Chatman Research Award for best master’s paper proposal

Erica Brody, pictured at left at the 2016 SILS Project Fair, has won the 2016 Elfreda Chatman Research Award for her master’s paper proposal, “A Content Analysis of Patient Education Materials across the Continuum of Care: Consistency and Accessibility.” Comments from the review committee included, “Good details provided for her methods, which are appropriate for her study, and an excellent justification for the importance of her work; a very thorough proposal.” Click to read more about the award.

BSIS student Jennie Davidowitz travels to Beijing for internship, Australia for study abroad

Information Science major Jennie Davidowitz was one of just 10 UNC students selected to participate in the first UNC-Lenovo Tech World Global Intern Program in June. She is now at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Click to read more.

In the News

Professor Cal Lee was quoted in two recent articles about the challenges and limitations of using DNA for digital preservation. The articles appeared in The Washington Post and TechRepublic, among other publications. Click the links below to read more.
Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA  
Why Microsoft stored 200MB of data in DNA strands, and what's next  

Associate Professor Zeynep Tufecki examined the perils of relying on electronic voting systems that leave no paper trail in her latest New York Times op-ed, "The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked."

Professor Paul Jones explained that the concept of “free and open source” was a part of our culture long before there were computers, or even electronic technology, and that it’s actually a rich part of our heritage, in a recent video interview with FOSS Force
PhD student Sarah Beth Nelson was interviewed about the National Storytelling Conference by KCTV in Kansas City. Click to watch the video. During the interview, Sarah mentions StorySlams, which she helped bring to ‪UNC‬ earlier this year.

SILS alumnus and Story Squad member Mark Riddle (MSLS '16) was featured in the Kenly News Leader after telling stories as part of the Kenly Public Library Summer Reading Program. Click to read the story. Click left to watch a video featuring Mark and Story Squad produced by UNC earlier this spring.

Upcoming Events

  • SILS graduate student orientation, August 22, Manning Hall. SILS has planned a full day of activities to welcome new master's and PhD students. Click the link for a full schedule.
  • "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.
  • "Disparity and Disruption in Scholarly Communication” by Cassidy Sugimoto, October 3, 3 p.m., Wilson Library. Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto (MSLS ’07, Ph.D. ’10), Associate Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, will deliver the 2016 Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture.
  • 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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