Come Home to Carolina! SILS 80th Anniversary Kick-Off

September 9, 2011

Special lectures, storytelling, tours, historical exhibits, research presentations, a pre-game “tailgate” featuring Carolina barbecue and just plain fun will be part of the festivities surrounding the kick-off of the 80th anniversary of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Even though many of the events are free and open to the public, to assist with catering expectations, we ask that you make your reservations to attend SILS 80th anniversary events today at: or 919-962-8366


The School will kick-off its 80th anniversary celebration with a number of events beginning the day the School first held classes on Sept. 17, 1931 with events scheduled throughout the week Sept. 23rd- 25th, including formal lectures, receptions and an open house. See the program brochure by clicking here.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, 12:30 p.m. SILS, the SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) and theInformation and Library Science Student Association (ILSSA) will host a tailgate before the football game between the Tar Heels and the University of Virginia. The tailgate barbecue will be a special opportunity to network with fellow alumni, current students, staff, friends and memorable faculty. At 1:30 p.m., a brief program will be held to recognize special SILS alumni, including current and past SILS distinguished alumni, and the family of our founder, Louis Round Wilson. Join us as the candles are blown out on the SILS birthday cake to officially mark the kick-off of the year-long celebration. The tailgate will be held on the lawn in front of Manning Hall on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus.

Dr. Fred RoperFriday, Sept. 23rd, "On the shoulders of giants: How SILS achieved the national championship in Library and Information Science," by Dr. Fred W. Roper, distinguished dean emeritus of the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and SILS distinguished alumnus; words from University and State officials; and musical entertainment are all part of the agenda as the celebration continues at 3 p.m.  Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends will gather at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Ballroom for the annual Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture.  A reception to celebrate the kick-off will follow the formal presentation for this event that is free and open to the public. Reserve your space or 919-962-8366

Saturday, Sept. 24th, a series of activities are planned throughout the day - including a leisurely architectural walking tour of UNC led by Associate University Librarian Will Owen; poster sessions on current research; a special SILS exhibit at Wilson Library; storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm, SILS associate professor; crafts for the kids; a SILS historical PowerPoint presentation; and information sessions on SILS programs. The schedule for the day is:

  9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Exhibits at Wilson Library, "UNC School of Information and Library    
                                  Science: 80 years of building our information future" and "Meaningful 
                                  Marks: Image and Text and the History of the Book" 

  9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    SILS Historical PowerPoint Presentation (Manning Hall Room 208)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Architectural walking tour of UNC led by Associate University Librarian Will Owen
11:30 a.m. to noon       Storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm, SILS Associate Professor
noon to 12:30 p.m.       Crafts for the kids
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.     Break
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.            SILS Book Group - This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and 
                                   Cybrarians Can Save Us All
by Marilyn Johnson
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.            Info. Sessions of SILS programs (BSIS, MSIS, MSLS, Ph.D.) Manning 209
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.       Research Highlights - Manning Hall 208
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Reception - Manning Hall Lobby

Reserve your space or 919-962-8366

Linda Sue ParksSunday, Sept. 25th at 2 p.m. the Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature will be held. The guest speaker is Linda Sue Park, Korean-American author of picture books and novels for children. This final event of the kick-off celebration will be held at Gerrard Hall. Park is an award-winning author who has published works such as, The Firekeeper's Son, Seesaw Girl, The Kite Fighters, Yum! Yuck! and her most recent book, A Long Walk to Water. The free lecture will include remarks by university and state officials with a reception and book signing taking place immediately following the lecture in the Campus YMCA, which is located next door to Gerrard Hall. Reserve your space at: or 919-962-836680th logo

The anniversary committee is planning a series of events that will take place throughout the anniversary year with a grand finale that can't be missed. Be sure to visit the SILS Web site often at for new details on speakers and events, and learn more about the very special Information Professionals 2050 (IP2050) Symposium that will be held late spring of 2012.

While on campus for the SILS 80th anniversary kick-off events, you may also wish to a lecture hosted by UNC Libraries titled, "Pictures, Books, and Science: From Description to Diagram in the Circle of Galileo," presented by David Freedberg, Columbia University, is also planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22nd, with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library.

Make your reservations to attend SILS 80th anniversary events today or 919-962-8366


Make sure you’re part of this once in a lifetime celebration.  Come home to Chapel Hill this September!


The 80th Anniversary Planning Committee 

  • Sarah Snow, co-chair, information management consultant 
  • Fred Roper, co-chair, distinguished dean emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science 
  • Dean Edmonds, grandson of Louis Round Wilson (SILS founder)
  • Duncan Smith, NoveList Product manager, EBSCO Publishing 
  • Amanda Foster, president of ILSSA
  • Joanne Gard Marshall, SILS alumni distinguished professor
  • Rebecca Vargha, SILS librarian
  • David Woodbury, president of SILS Alumni Association

Ex Officio Members

  • Stephanie Cole, SILS director of Development
  • Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor
  • Wanda Monroe, SILS director of Communications  

About the Lucile Henderson Lecture

The Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture Series was established in 1990 to honor the memory of Lucile K. Henderson, SILS faculty member (1932-1960) and dean (1954-1960). As an excellent teacher, administrator, counselor and adviser, Henderson made many contributions to the University and to the profession. She died in 1990 at the age of 95.

About the Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature

The Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children’s Literature honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, a professor of children’s and young adult literature at SILS from 1976 to 1996. She dedicated her life to the promotion of children’s literature by teaching future librarians and by publishing scholarly works in the field.

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