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Carnegie Foundation Library Science Endowment

photo of Andrew CarnegieThis gift from the Carnegie Corporation of New York established an endowment fund for the general support of SILS. Among other purposes, this fund is used to provide small grants to students for assistance with research costs associated with writing master's papers, research projects, dissertations or senior honors theses. Students are encouraged to learn more and apply.

Andrew Carnegie created the Corporation in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The Corporation is a grant making foundation that seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim “to do real and permanent good in this world.”

One of Carnegie's lifelong interests was establishing free public libraries to give everyone a means for self-education. From 1881 to 1917, he and the Corporation built 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world. For about 40 years afterward, the Corporation continued an interest in improving library services.

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photo of Paul JonesPaul Jones, director of is home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet. It is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics and cultural studies. Its goals include expanding and improving the creation and distribution of open source software; continuing the University of North Carolina's programs to develop an online library and archive; hosting projects that expand the concepts of transparency and openness; and serving as a model for other open source projects. operates in partnership with the Center for the Public Domain, UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Information Technology Services.

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Jerry D. Campbell Dean's Fund 

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The Jerry D. Campbell Dean’s Fund provides flexible funding for the SILS dean to support emerging initiatives, special opportunities and other priority needs. Disbursement is at the discretion of the SILS dean. The fund was established with a generous gift from Jerry Campbell (MSLS '72), the president of Claremont Lincoln University. His career also includes senior leadership positions at the University of Southern California and Duke University.

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SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity Fund

The SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Fund is devoted to improving the inclusiveness and diversity of students, faculty, and staff in the UNC School of Information and Library Science as well as increasing involvement and engagement of SILS minority alumni. The SILS Dean uses gifts for the SAID fund to underwrite and enhance, these very important activities.

  • Student support. Assistantships, fellowships and scholarships help achieve a diverse student body in all SILS degree programs.
  • Faculty support. Professorships, opportunity funding and retention funding to get and keep excellent scholars from diverse backgrounds.
  • Mentoring. A new, donor-funded mentoring program will support direct connections between alumni and current students, helping ensure SILS students continue to succeed after they graduate.
  • Research. Special funding encourages students to pursue research on topics related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Speaker Series. Visiting speakers engage, inspire and challenge the entire SILS community – students, alumni, faculty and friends.

Recipients of SAID funding are selected by the SILS Dean or the Dean’s designee. Wherever possible, the SAID Fund will be used to enhance inclusion and diversity in SILS. 

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Story Squad Gift Fund

Story Squad

Story Squad is a literacy outreach initiative bringing storytelling of world folklore to children and adults throughout the community.  Our vision is to start a national movement to re-instill oral storytelling in early childhood curricula in order to foster such early literacy skills as knowledge of story structure, engagement in story worlds, and empathy with fictional characters.  Donations to this fund help provide small stipends for the student storytellers when they perform (so that the cost to the community for our services remains moderate), travel costs, and other operating expenses. Please visit the Story Squad homepage at:
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Unrestricted Fund

This fund is used to supplement operating funds provided by the state for SILS.

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Two thirds of the worlds’ population does not have Internet access. Whether in a developing country, a U.S. prison, or a local poor community, WiderNetUNC engages SILS and UNC students and faculty to understand and address this critical divide. Expanding access to information and education requires cultural sensitivity, broad perspectives on information technology and behavior, and affordable solutions to overcome the significant technological obstacles to online connectivity. WiderNetUNC is the research and development home of the eGranary Digital Library, an off-line digital library in over 700 institutions worldwide, and an incubator for new ideas to improve information access and use in underserved communities. WiderNetUNC needs your support to increase the numbers of students conducting research and developing educational programs, to expand SILS education and outreach to information professionals worldwide, and to usher in a new age of information and knowledge sharing that serves billions of who have, up until now, been marginalized. To learn more, visit

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