Awards and Scholarships

Distinguished Alumni Award

In 1981, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Library Science the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the anniversary committee created awards recognizing the achievement of School alumni and noting specific scholarly research or service contributions to the profession of librarianship. Following the establishment of a Master Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree, outstanding accomplishments in information science have also been recognized.

Awards are given to alumni who demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and outstanding service to the UNC School of Information and Library Science or its Alumni Association, and show commitment to librarianship or information science. Alumni are considered for recognition for outstanding professional library or information science achievements at national, state, or local levels. Click here for a list of previous award winners.

To recommend an alumna or alumnus for the Distinguished Alumni Award, please review the nomination guidelines and then complete the nomination form.

Outstanding Service to the School Award

SILSAA recognizes students who provide outstanding service to the School of Information and Library Science. Each spring, the Alumni Association asks the School to nominate a worthy candidate. The student selected receives a monetary award of $50 and a framed certificate at spring commencement. When appropriate, more than one student may be chosen to receive the award. Click here for a list of previous winners.

Elfreda Chatman Fund Awards

The Elfreda Chatman Research Awards are given to masters' students who demonstrate creative and scholarly vision in their research proposals. The award was created by the SILS Alumni Association in 2002 to honor Dr. Chatman's interest in original research.
Proposals submitted as part of the Proposal Development (INLS 781) course are eligible for this award.

Nominations
Proposals will be nominated by the instructors of INLS 781. It is expected that four sections of INLS 781 will be taught each fall term, and one section will be taught in each spring term. Instructors of the fall sections may nominate one proposal each, of which two winners will be selected. The instructor of the spring section may nominate 2-3 proposals, of which one winner will be selected.

The chair of the Master’s Committee or the coordinators of the MSLS or MSIS programs will solicit nominations from the relevant instructors. Nominations for the fall term should be solicited in mid-November; nominations for the spring term should be solicited in April. If possible, the instructor should provide an unmarked copy of the nominated proposal for consideration; if the instructor does not have a copy, it may be requested directly from the student.

The Jury
The jury is made up of two-three SILS full-time faculty members, plus one representative from the SILS Alumni Association. Faculty members who taught INLS 781 during the award period may not serve on the jury. Deliberation and decisions will be made in late December/early January for proposals nominated in the fall, and in August for proposals nominated in the spring.

Selection of the Awardee
In judging the submissions, equal emphasis will be placed on each of the following:
• Creativity
• Originality
• Clarity
• Validity of methodology
• Potential significance to the field

Presentation of the Award
The financial award for proposals nominated in November will be given to the awardee in early January. It will be announced to the SILS community via the SILS-announcements listserv. Official recognition of the awardee will occur during his/her commencement ceremony (usually the following spring).

The financial award for proposals nominated in April will be given to the awardee at the fall orientation for new students.  It will be announced to the SILS community via the SILS-announcements listserv. Official recognition of the awardee will occur during his/her commencement ceremony (usually the following December).

Past Recipients
2016: Erica Brody (spring), Rebecca Tatum (fall)
2015: Justin Kreft (spring), Emma Boettcher (fall)
2014: Brooke Guthrie (spring), Katie Meyer (fall)
2013: Lindsay Conway (spring), Erin Morris (fall)
2012: Courtney Minton (spring), Megan England Ward (spring), Danielle Lois Fasig (fall)
2011: Nic Willcox
2010: Casey Rawson
2009: Adam Mack, Julia Steed
2008: Morgan Stoddard, Erin White
2007: Nicholas Johnson
2006: Monica McCormick, Phil Binkowski
2005:
2004: William Hannah, Jessica Zellers