Graduation speaker to address changing future of information professions

Release date: 
April 1, 1998

Chapel Hill, NC SILS is pleased to present Dr. Martin Dillon, Executive Director of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Institute as the SILS 1998 graduation speaker. Dillon will present “The information professions: The future is not what it used to be” May 17 to graduates, their families and friends at a special school ceremony.

From 1970-1985, Dillon served on the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill, where his research and teaching focused on topics in library automation and information retrieval. In 1985, he began his work at OCLC as Visiting Distinguished Scholar. In 1986, he assumed the position of Director of the Office of Research, where he guided a staff of 30 in research supporting OCLC's mission of improving access to information.

From June 1993 until he became executive director of the Institute in January 1997, Dillon served as director of OCLC's Library Resources Management Division, which is responsible for managing OCLC's Cataloging and Resource Sharing services. As the inaugural director of the OCLC Institute, he is forging new ways to facilitate the evolution of libraries through advanced educational opportunities.

Remarks from Dillon's presentation will be posted at this site the week of May 17.

The School of Information and Library Science is home to approximately 250 graduate students, 70 undergraduates and 19 full-time faculty members. It prepares students to work with computer information systems and networks or for careers in library administration, acquisitions, collections management and other aspects of library work. The school offers master's degrees in information science and library science, a certificate of advanced study, a doctor of philosophy in information and library science and an undergraduate minor in information systems.