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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find frequently asked questions related to SILS resources! Have other things you think belong in this list? Send your questions to unc.sils.ilssa@gmail.com!

Communications:
How do I join the “Official” SILS Facebook Group?
What email lists exist for SILS? How do I join them?

Manning Hall:
Can I get a locker?
Does SILS have gender-neutral bathrooms?

SILS Courses:
How are course plans reviewed? How are professors chosen for classes?
How are classes scheduled?
How do you decide what is taught each semester?
Why do we have to take the required courses?
Why are some courses only offered every other year?
How do students get involved with faculty research?

Career Services:
In what forms does career advice come?
Can we have access to the alumni database/network?
Do current SILS students have any opportunities to advertise the school beyond website testimonials?
Does SILS have its own career fair?

 

Communications:

How do I join the “Official” SILS Facebook Group?

You can request membership into the UNCSILS group on facebook! This group is for the current and past SILS community to share events and ask questions. Membership includes current students, staff, faculty and alumni.

What email lists exist for SILS? How do I join them?

Please see https://sils.unc.edu/communications/email-lists.


Manning Hall:

Can I get a locker?

Yes! Talk to Lara Bailey about reserving one at any time.

Does SILS have gender-neutral bathrooms?

Unfortunately, no. SILS has tried, but the current legalities seem to make it impossible to have a gender-neutral bathroom if there is more than one stall in the bathroom. SILS cannot change our bathrooms (also due to regulations) as any major renovation like that would require bringing the whole building up to the new safety codes (which means a complete overhaul of the building).  Gender-neutral bathrooms are certainly on our wish-list for whenever Manning Hall is completely renovated.


SILS Courses:

How are course plans reviewed? How are professors chosen for classes?

The associate dean is responsible for scheduling classes and assessing adjunct instructors.  Full-time faculty are assessed by the Dean of the school annually.

How are classes scheduled?

Lara Bailey enters them all into Connect Carolina during what the registrar calls “Course Schedule Maintenance.” The schedule for the next upcoming fall is usually determined a year in advance because you all have to register for fall in April. The spring schedule is determined over the summer because again registration occurs in November for the spring.

How do you decide what is taught each semester?

All of the required courses are offered every semester because of SILS’ admissions cycle (fall, spring and summer). We need those courses to be available so that no matter when someone starts the program they will be able to graduate on time. Electives are harder and are determined by faculty/adjunct availability.

Why do we have to take the required courses?

Here are explanations provided at the spring 2017 Town Hall for some of the core classes:

  • INLS 500 is a readings course to introduce students to the varied perceptions of the field.
  • INLS 520 is about information organization, and that is fundamental to any ILS profession
  • INLS 581, 781, and 992 form the research stream at SILS, to prepare students to understand and conduct research so that they are qualified to be evidence-based practitioners.
  • INLS 585 – management is both a knowledge and a skill that is important for leadership, and we aim to educate leaders at SILS.

The degree specific required courses: we feel these are required either for ALA accreditation (in our current course schedule) or for thorough grounding in skills and theory for that particular degree. Remember that any required course you feel you have expertise in already, you may request a waiver for that content (with approval from your academic advisor).

Why are some courses only offered every other year?

Usually it is because of low enrollment or lack of instructors.

How do students get involved with faculty research?

Start by talking to faculty about their research, and trying to understand what kind of research they do and why. If you find something that someone is doing interests you, feel free to reach out to them and start a conversation about it.


Career Services:

In what forms does career advice come?

You can get advising from UNC Career Services, or from Lori Haight at SILS. One-on-one sessions with Lori are available, as well as group programming through University Career Services and The Graduate School.

SILS also has SILSAA (SILS Alumni Association) programming and networking opportunities. LAUNC-CH (Librarians Association at UNC Chapel Hill) also provides career development opportunities for SILS students.

Can we have access to the alumni database/network?

If you pay to join the UNC alumni association, access to the database comes with it. For students who request it, SILS can offer a modified listing of alumni based on geographic preferences. It will not include any alumni who have requested their information be kept confidential. Once SILS students graduate, you can use your PID through the SILS website to access the SILS alumni database.

Do current SILS students have any opportunities to advertise the school beyond website testimonials?

Yes! Want to go to a grad school fair? Participate in an information session? Talk to a prospective student? Lara Bailey needs you! Email her at ljbailey@email.unc.edu.

Does SILS have its own career fair?

SILS did have a career fair back in the 90s for quite a few years, but career fairs in general are becoming less popular for employers – they are more interested in smaller ‘branding sessions’ where they could find an audience of students interested.  This is the model that NCSU, UNC-C, and Heritage Werks have used for MS students.  Undergraduates and MSIS folks also have opportunities through the multiple UCS fairs each year.


Other resources:

Here are a few design-related programs, apps, and services to help you during your time at SILS:

Canva

canvalogoCanva is a great online design space that makes designing posters, flyers, and other visuals extremely easy. You will have to create an account, but set-up is fairly easy and the free version has lots of colorful templates and designs available. It is also easy to download and share your creation once you are finished.

The Noun Project

the noun project logoThe Noun Project is an online collection of icons and images that you are free to download and use under the Creative Commons license. You will need to credit the original creator in order to use the image, but the designs are clean, attractive, and eye-catching. You will need to make an account in order to download the image.

New York Public Library Digital Collection

New York Public Library Lion LogoThe New York Public Library Digital Collection has an extensive collection of images that you can browse through, including thousands and thousands of images in the public domain. Simply check the “Search only public domain materials” while conducting your search and you will have access to quality, high-resolution images to use and work with.

Unsplash

logo for unsplash websiteUnsplash.com is a great website for finding high-resolution, copyright-free images to use for whatever purposes. You do not need an account to access and download photos, and their collection is searchable.