The second student to receive a Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Arlene G. Taylor (Ph.D. '81), has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Library School Alumni Association at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Each year this award is given to an alum who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information science. Taylor has greatly influenced the teaching of organization of information and cataloging and classification in many LIS programs through her textbooks: Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (10th ed., 2006) and Organization of Information (3rd ed., 2009). She remains active in helping both students and working librarians understand new developments and has been recognized with a number of honors including the Margaret Mann Citation in 1996, given by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section of ALA for outstanding professional achievement.
"I am just one of hundreds of students who benefited from her instruction over many years in LIS education," said Linda C. Smith (MS '72), professor and associate dean at GSLIS. "Dr. Taylor set a fine example as my teacher in 1971. Forty years later my students have the opportunity to learn from her textbook on The Organization of Information, thus continuing her influence at Illinois."
Congratulations on this award for your distinguished career, Arlene!