A Message from the Dean

Few things have the power to shape our world as dramatically as information. Providing reliable access to valid information can mean the difference between health and illness, progress and stagnation, democracy and tyranny.

The UNC School of Information and Library Science is determined to continue and expand its role as a leader in shaping the future of information. Drawing on our core strengths in digital curation, information interaction, health informatics, and librarianship, we will develop new theories, practices, and systems to meet the world’s ever-expanding information needs. We are motivated by the impact we know our research and advocacy make – higher levels of prosperity, greater social justice and equity, and increased understanding among all peoples.

Our endeavors keep growing as our faculty make new discoveries and devise innovative new projects to improve the way information is shared, stored, and organized. We are constantly seeking new collaborations with on-campus partners, business and industry leaders, and researchers at other institutions across the globe. Each semester we welcome new students with fresh ideas, and each year we graduate new information professionals who make an immeasurable impact on their chosen professions.

Our vision will drive our success. So will philanthropic investment – specifically, the gifts and pledges of our leadership alumni and other key SILS stakeholders. Crucial financial support will nourish big ideas and bold ambitions so they become real advancements. If our vision resonates with your passion, I invite you to join us in creating a brighter future for information, and the world.


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Gary Marchionini
Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor

SILS Giving Societies

SILS' giving societies reflect our history and heritage, honoring some of the great leaders who made our School all it is today, and all it will be in the future. Recognition is calculated on your gifts to SILS in our July 1-June 30 fiscal year.

  • Legacy Society (annual gifts to SILS of $1,000,000 or more)
  • Louis Round Wilson Society (annual gifts to SILS of $100,000 to $999,999)
  • Susan Grey Akers Affiliates (annual gifts to SILS of $50,000 to $99,999)
  • Lucille K. Henderson Affiliates (annual gifts to SILS of $10,000 to $49,999)
  • Edward G. Holley Affiliates (annual gifts to SILS of $5,000 to $9,999)
  • Dean's Club (annual gifts to SILS of $1,000 to $4,999)
  • Lester Asheim Affiliates (annual gifts to SILS of $500 to $999)