UNC at Chapel Hill graduate Rebecca B. Vargha has been hired as the new librarian at the university's School of Information and Library Science (SILS).
Vargha, most recently a senior research specialist at Nortel Networks in Research Triangle Park, comes to SILS with more than 20 years of professional library experience. After earning her master's of library science degree from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, she worked for 14 years as an associate librarian at the National Humanities Center in Durham and then spent six years at SAS Institute Inc. in Cary, as a research and information analyst and library coordinator. She joined Nortel's staff in July 2000.
Vargha, who earned her bachelor's degree in English from UNC in 1979, served as an adjunct professor at SILS in the late 1990s. She is an active member of the Special Libraries Association (serving as president of its North Carolina chapter in 1990) and several other professional associations. A past member of its national board of directors, Vargha today serves on the SLA's Scholarship Committee.
"We are very fortunate that Rebecca is joining us," said SILS Dean Joanne Gard Marshall. "She has been a leader in the special library community, locally and nationally, and is deeply committed to the profession and to building the future of information and library science education."