Help us celebrate the past and envision the future!

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will be celebrating 90 years of informed impact during the 2021-22 academic year.

We’re planning a variety of events and programs to help commemorate this milestone and initiate engaging discussions about the future of information and library science.

In addition, we’ll be updating our historical timeline and highlighting achievements and memories of the SILS community.

We need your help to create the most vivid and complete record possible.

Please complete this survey to share a special memory you have of SILS, submit a photo from your time here, or suggest the name of another SILS alum who deserves recognition for their achievements. 

Mark your calendars

Join us for the exciting events previewed below and check back regularly for updates.

Alumni Ask Me Anything

The third in a series of Alumni Ask Me Anything events will take place Friday, January 28 at 12:00pm ET. Register HereMeredith Evans

Bio: Meredith Evans (PhD ’06) is Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta and served as President of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) from 2018-2020. She held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, UNC Charlotte, and George Washington University. She has been a member of the SILS Board of Visitors since 2017 and has chaired the board since 2020.

Evans deeply believes in supporting community collaborations to promote civic engagement and to increase the number of collections of underrepresented communities that serve as evidence for written history. She created an LGBTQ Collection at Charlotte,  assisted in creating the Documenting Ferguson project, and Documenting the Now in St. Louis. She has written on the role and value of libraries and archives as advocacy organizations that support and document social change and help people see their role in the larger social fabric around them. In her current role she works to make a difference in the civic life of our communities by motivating people to effect change by acquiring knowledge, skills and values through both political and non-political processes.


Alumni Lecture: Dani Cook

Dani Cook (MSLS '13) will present the second Alumni Lecture of the Spring 2022 semester on February 16, 2-3pm Register HerePhoto of Dani Cook

Lecture Title: Person-Centered Management: A Framework for Libraries

Abstract: The pandemic brought to light many pre-existing challenges for libraries, ranging from unfunded mandates to provide community services to toxic management practices. This talk will address how this is a critical moment for libraries to reflect on the importance of strong and empathetic management, which is too often elided in favor of “leadership.” Foundational concepts from learner-centered teaching can be applied to the management context and help libraries to succeed in rapidly changing and hybrid environments.  

Bio: Dani Brecher Cook is the Associate University Librarian for Learning and User Experience at the UC San Diego Library. She previously held instruction-related positions at the University of California, Riverside Library and the Claremont Colleges Library. Her research focuses on person-centered approaches to library instruction and management.

Dani is also the co-founder of the Conference on Academic Library Management, and a co-author of the ALA book Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice with Kevin Michael Klipfel. She holds an MSLS from UNC SILS (’13), an M.A. in Education (Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics) from UC Riverside, and an AB in English from the University of Chicago. Outside of libraries, Dani enjoys spending time with her husband and two small humans, training for long-distance runs, and exploring her adopted home of California. You can follow her on Twitter @danibcook.


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