SILS Board of Visitors meet

October 12, 2010

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed its Board of Visitors (BOV) to Chapel Hill for its fall meeting on October 4, 2010.

Mary Boone, SILS distinguished alumna and director of the State Library of North Carolina, is the current chair of the BOV, who welcomed members back to Chapel Hill, provided an overview of the day and facilitated the meeting. Members heard from Dean Gary Marchionini who shared an update on the school’s activities since they last met in April, and introduced Stephanie Cole, SILS new director of development who spoke with the group about a potential development plan for SILS. The group also toured Manning Hall, the current home of the School, with student tour guides, Ashlee Edwards (BSIS 2011) and Scott Brownlee (MSLS 2011).

SILS faculty members were on-hand to describe their current research and interact with Board members. Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, associate professor, and students Casey Rawsom (MSLS 2011) and Katy Vance (MSLS 2011), presented, “Educating the Next Generation of Teacher-Librarian Leaders;” Cal Lee, assistant professor, presented, “What to do with a Bitstream? The Implications of Digital Forensics for Preparing Librarians and Archivists;” and Stephanie Haas, professor, presented, “From Triage Notes to Biosurveillance: Research with NC Detect.” A presentation was also shared by UNC’s Central Development associate director of Planned Giving, Elizabeth Ayers.
The 29 member Board of Visitors are advisors to the dean of SILS and assists with a number of activities to help advance the School and the University–including faculty and student recruitment, fundraising and community relations. Members of the BOV serve as ambassadors, informing their communities about current happenings at Carolina and, in turn, keeping the University administration informed about what they hear about SILS and Carolina in their communities.

Board of Visitors members fulfill three-year terms that begin on July 1. Each year, as members rotate off, new members are recruited to join the Board.

Eleven new friends and/or alumni of SILS have begun new terms to serve on the SILS Board of Visitors. The new members include:

• Representative Alice Bordsen, North Carolina State Legislature
• Lee Dirks, director, Education & Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Corporation - External Research 
• William H. Graves, senior vice president for Academic Strategy, SunGard Higher Education
• Charles B. Lowry, executive director, Association of Research Libraries
• Honorable Robert S. Martin, former director of the Institute of Museums and Library Services and professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University
• Robert Molyneux, vice president, Business Development, Equinox Software, Inc./The Evergreen Experts
• Marian Parker, associate dean for Library and Information Services, professor of law, Wake Forest School of Law
• Susan L. Perry, senior advisor, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, director of programs, The Council of Library and Information Resources, Mount Holyoke College
• Michael Tiemann, Open Source Initiative
• David Woodbury, president of SILS Alumni Association and Learning Commons Librarian, Organizational Design and Learning, North Carolina State University Libraries
• Leo Yakutis, IT Consultant

For a list of all SILS Board of Visitors, please visit: