Three SILS students awarded Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

June 2, 2011

Congratulations to UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) doctoral candidates Amber Cushing, Amy VanScoy and Hollie White who have each been awarded a 2011 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.

The competitive fellowship, which is awarded annually to up to six recipients, is selected from all library and information science doctoral students across the nation, will officially be announced at the Beta Phi Mu General Assembly, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Meeting held in New Orleans later this month. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.

Amber Cushing photoCushing’s dissertation proposal is titled, “Possession and self extension in digital environments: Implications for maintaining personal information.” Dr. Deborah Barreau, associate professor is her adviser and dissertation committee chair.

Amy Vanscoy photoVanScoy's dissertation proposal is titled, "Exploring the Meaning of Reference Work for Academic Reference Librarians." Dr. Barbara Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor is her advisor and dissertation committee chair.

White’s dissertation is titled, “Organizing scientific data sets: Studying similarities and differences in metadata and subject term creation.” Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor, serves as her advisor and dissertation committee chair.

Beta Phi Mu "was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning "Consumed in the service of others" was selected by the founders based on the concept of dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from an American Library Association accredited professional degree program."