Welcome message from Dean Marchionini

August 22, 2012

Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean of SILS UNC at Chapel HillWelcome to the School of Information and Library Science and to Chapel Hill. For those of you returning to campus, welcome back. To those who are new to SILS, we’re delighted you have joined us. The faculty, staff and your fellow students are pleased that you have selected SILS for your educational experience.
The School is proud of its number one ranking by U.S. News & World Report, but we’re even more proud of the people who make up the SILS community.
Our faculty are world leaders in their fields, winning awards for their teaching and research. They are well-known for their interaction with students, and their expertise represents a variety of backgrounds, from social media to archives and records management to biomedical informatics, information retrieval to digital libraries, and children’s literature and storytelling to human computer interaction, and more. This fall, I'm pleased to welcome two new faculty members to SILS, Ericka Patillo and Fred Stutzman.  Ericka is a lecturer who will be teaching courses in collection development, library history, and information tools. Fred is a visiting assistant professor who will teach a first year seminar in social media and a graduate course in social media theory.
Your fellow students are among the brightest in the nation, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff are eager to help you navigate through the sometimes complicated administrative processes that lead toward your degree.
Graduates of our programs find employment in corporations, government agencies, libraries and academic institutions. Some are entrepreneurs who have created their own companies. They are among the leaders in the dynamic and changing world of information practice.
Throughout the year, we host special lectures, presentations and programs. These events are wonderful opportunities to meet incredible leaders in the field, learn even more about your field of study and network with students, alumni and friends who are doing great work. In just a few weeks, on September 24th, we will host a lecture called, “Building a Digital Public Library of America,” presented by Dr. John G. Palfrey, Jr., head of the Phillips Academy and former Henry n. Ess III professor of Law and vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. Dr. Palfrey will speak about the ambitious, big-tent initiative to establish a national digital library system for the United States. That same week on September 27th, a special panel discussion that features four of our graduates who have gone into the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) will be held. The event which is titled, "The Chief Information Officer (CIO) as a Career Path" will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the CIO as a possible career choice.  I encourage you to attend these special lectures as well as other events that are offered throughout the academic year.
As only the second class to be offered access to the LifeTime Library, a cloud-based storage space accessible from any Web browser, you will be allowed space for your coursework and personal files from the time you request it through years after your graduation - or your lifetime. This is a relatively new and exciting offer for our students, only offered by SILS. You may request an account for your personal space at: http://lifetime-library.ils.unc.edu/.
I expect an exciting and vibrant year of educational experiences here at SILS. I wish you only the best for an exceptional semester.
Best regards,
Gary Marchionini, PhD
Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor

"esse quam videri"....To be rather than to seem.  North Carolina State motto