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.

SILS Homecoming

Saturday, September 25
Noon-3:00pm ET 

RSVP by September 21 to guarantee lunch

Alumni and friends are invited back to campus to reminiscence over a picnic lunch and learn what’s happening at SILS now by visiting research labs in Manning Hall and meeting with SILS faculty, including Jaime Arguello, Maggie Melo, Arcot Rajasekar, David Gotz, and Ray Wang, as well as CITAP Executive Director Katy Peters.

To find out who has told us they will be coming to SILS Homecoming check here.

Special thanks to the SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) for co-sponsoring this event!  

Click here for descriptions of additional sponsorship opportunities, or contact SILS Associate Dean of Development Anne Webb at or (919) 962-3499 for more information. 


Alumni Lecture
Preparing students to work in inclusive environments: are LIS programs doing enough?

Ericka Patillo (MSLS 1999, PhD 2018) will be delivering the first of the alumni lecture series. The lecture will be given Wednesday, October 13, 3-4pm via zoom webinar, registration is required.  Register Here 

Photo of Ericka PatilloAbstract: LIS programs have made strides in introducing students to diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns, especially in terms of serving a diverse community of users and customers. But attrition of library workers of color and work environments that are not inclusive or safe for workers with intellectual, gender, mobility, modality, and neuro diversities suggest that we need to focus more on the environments where our students seek employment. We are preparing our increasingly diverse student bodies to enter perpetually heteronormative, ablest, and white supremacist work environments. Together, let’s discuss and create some approaches for bridging this gap.

Bio: Ericka J. Patillo, PhD, MSLS has been a library leader in the higher education arena for over 20 years. She has been a music librarian, a public services manager, a senior level administrator, and a teacher, advisor, and researcher, and currently works as Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She honors her ancestors and their ways of knowing while working to co-create an academic library culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and authentic. 

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