What your SILS gift makes possible

What were 2015-2016 gifts used for? 
NOTE: These facts represent all types of donor gifts, not just annual gifts, in FY16.

Here are some of the ways donor gifts benefited SILS in our most recent fiscal year.

Student Support: 96 SILS students received fellowships, assistantships or other types of philanthropically funded student support in fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016).

Faculty Support: 16 SILS faculty members received major support from donor funds for their scholarly work teaching, research and service.  Another 7 received travel funds to make presentations etcetera.

Career Services: Donor gifts underwrite the SILS career services program, including these four special initiatives: (1) a job search Boot Camp, (2) an etiquette dinner, (3) a mentoring program that connects SILS graduate students with SILS alumni, and 4) a collaboration with the Computer Science department’s fall Symposium and spring programming

Research Awards: 20 SILS students received research awards in FY16. 

Travel Grants: 20 SILS students received travel grants in FY16.

Study Abroad: Donor funding provided 2 study-abroad travel awards in FY16.

Lectures: Thanks to major donors, the School hosted 2 distinguished lectures -- the Henderson Lecture with Wayne A. Wigand, renowned American library historian; and award-winning author Matt de la Peña delivering the Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture.

Collection Development: The SILS Library continued to expand its folklore collection due to donor funds and received a large pop-up book collection (1,345 volumes) in November 2015.

Programs:  Donor gifts supported SILS initiatives including WiderNetUNC, Story Squad, health information services, children’s librarianship and the expansion of Steinfirst Lecture to include the artist-in-residence experience.