The SILS Alumni Association present four awards to members of the SILS family on Sept. 29, following Chancellor James Moeser's Alumni Day presentation at Wilson Library. This year's honorees included Dr. Marshall Keyes, Gillian Debreczeny, Fred Kilgour and Ed Holley.
Dr. Marshall Keyes (SILS MSLS '77), who was unable to attend the program, was awarded the association's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Keyes recently retired from 10 years as executive director of NELINET Inc., the largest library organization in New England. He then founded MDA Consulting, which assists libraries and other information intensive organizations in developing strategic thinking.
Keyes served as senior reference librarian at the University of Mississippi from 1977 to 1979, moved to Curry College in Milton, Mass., in 1979, becoming director of the library in 1980 and academic dean in 1986, holding professorial appointments at each institution. In 1989, Keyes left Curry to become executive director of NELINET, where he remained until 1999.
Gillian Debreczeny (SILS MSLS '76), who recently retired after nine years as SILS' librarian, was presented one of three Distinguished Service Awards.
From 1980 through 1983, Debreczeny served as undergraduate reference and bibliographic instruction librarian at the Undergraduate Library at UNC and from 1983 to 1991 served as the assistant head of that library. An active participant in campus and professional life, Debreczeny served on many university committees and regularly taught classes to SILS students while serving as trainer and mentor for the SILS Library student assistants.
A second Distinguished Service Award was presented to Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward G. Holley, dean of SILS from 1972 until 1985.
Holley was named William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor at the school in 1989. From 1962 to 1971, Holley was director of libraries and associate professor, and later professor at the University of Houston. Prior to his tenure at Houston, he served as librarian in the Education, Philosophy and Psychology Library at the University of Illinois - Urbana. At Illinois he was an instructor from 1957 to 1961 when he was promoted to assistant professor. Holley has received many accolades and honors in his career. He has published extensively and has been active in professional organizations his entire career.
Frederick G. Kilgour, distinguished research professor at SILS since 1990, was also presented with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Kilgour, an active and respected member of the library and information science community since his graduation from Harvard in 1935, has served in positions at Harvard, Yale Medical Library and Ohio State University. In 1967, Kilgour became president and executive director of the Online Computer Library Center Inc. (OCLC), a position he held until 1980. Continuing his affiliation with OCLC, he served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1983 and since 1984 has held the title of founder trustee.
Kilgour has received many honors and accolades from the library community and from academia in general. He received the Librarian of the Year Award from the Ohio Library Association in 1973, was co-recipient of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year in 1979, and received the Marcia C. Noyes Award from the Medical Library Association in 1984. He holds honorary degrees from Marietta College, Ohio State University, The College of Wooster, Denison University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.