Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the school's Frances Carroll McColl Professor for 2000-2002.
The McColl Professorship was established in 1995 as the result of a $250,000 endowed gift from Hugh L. McColl Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Charlotte-based Bank of America Corporation, to SILS in honor of his mother and sister, both of whom shared the same name. Tibbo follows Drs. William M. Shaw Jr. and Robert M. Losee as recipients of the endowed chair.
"I am delighted that Helen has received this honor," said SILS Dean Joanne Gard Marshall. "She is a rising research star at SILS, whose contributions in archives, electronic records, and reference and information services are already substantive. This award will help her optimize these contributions at an important stage in her career."
The McColl professorship is granted biennially. Part of the award supplements the faculty member's salary; the balance supports research, teaching and service.
Tibbo, a member of the SILS faculty since 1989 and associate dean at the school from 1996 until this past July, received her bachelor's degree at Bridgewater (Mass.) State College, her master's in library science at Indiana University, and her master's in American studies and Ph.D. in library and information services at the University of Maryland.
"Receiving any award is always nice, but I am most appreciative of this one as it is designed to support research, one of my great passions," Tibbo said. "For me, this honor signals a higher commitment to, and focus on my research and publication agendas. I simply cannot express how excited I am about returning to the researcher's life on a larger scale than my administrative duties have allowed."