Informed Excellence

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the nation and the world. SILS tied for the #2 spot in the 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings of library and information studies programs. SILS ranked #1 for health librarianship and in the top 10 for all specialties, including archives and preservation, digital librarianship, information systems, school library media, and services for children and youth.

SILS also holds the #2 spot on the 2021 QS World University Rankings of library and information management programs from around the globe.

Each year, SILS presents several awards to recognize excellence by our students, staff, and faculty, including the The Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence and the Dean’s Achievement Award for best master’s papers. In cooperation with the SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA), the School also honors students for outstanding service and alumni for distinguished professional achievements. Follow the menu links on this page for more information about all of the awards presented.