Joanne Gard Marshall, dean of UNC at Chapel Hill's number-one ranked School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been named a fellow of the Medical Library Association (MLA).
The honor, recognizing outstanding contributions and commitment to health sciences information, was announced at the MLA's recent annual conference in Dallas. Marshall was unable to attend the meeting because of her responsibilities in England as advisor for the school's two-week study abroad program at Oxford University's Bodleian Library.
"Associations such as MLA are an essential part of our profession," noted Marshall. "We gain a great deal from such groups, but it is just as important to give back to them as well. I look forward to making further contributions as a fellow."
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 the value and impact of libraries, and consumer health information services.