SILS Dean Awarded Prestigious Winifred Sewell Prize

Release date: 
June 23, 2000

Joanne Gard Marshall, dean of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the Winifred Sewell Prize for innovation in information technologies in biomedical and life sciences librarianship.    

The prize, awarded by the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), recognizes an SLA member who has shown leadership and innovation in the development and/or use of advanced technologies in the organization or dissemination of biomedical and life sciences information.    

The prize, and a $250 award, were presented to Marshall at the SLA’s recent annual conference in Philadelphia.    

Marshall, dean of SILS since January 1999, came to UNC at Chapel Hill from the University of Toronto, where she served as a professor in the Faculty of Information Studies. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the university’s Department of Health Administration, its Centre for Health Promotion and its Institute for Human Development, Life-Course and Aging. Marshall has garnered international acclaim for her research in the areas of clinical librarianship and consumer health information services.    

The Sewell Prize is named in honor of Winifred Sewell, a past president of the SLA and a leading researcher in the area of chemical and biomedical terminology, especially in online information systems. The SLA’s Biomedical and Life Sciences Division encompasses all aspects of the life sciences, both pure and applied. It promotes the exchange of information and ideas about trends and advances in information storage, retrieval and analysis, collection management, and dissemination to support research, education and commercial endeavors.    

The School of Information and Library Science, recently ranked number one in a U.S. News & World Report survey of library science programs, 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 and information work.    

SILS 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.