Memorial Service for Dr. Deborah Barreau - SILS Teaching Award Renamed

April 22, 2012
Memorial Service for Dr. Deborah Barreau

A memorial service and tribute to Dr. Deborah Barreau, Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Ballroom on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus.

Dr. Barreau passed away on February 10, 2012 after a year-long battle with cancer (see ). To remember her in photos, please click here.

We hope you will join us for this special service as we honor Dr. Barreau and celebrate her life.


Maps and Parking

The George Watts Hill Alumni Center is located on Stadium Drive off of South Road (the Bell Tower is on the corner) just past the stadium. Parking is available in the Rams Head Parking structure next to the Alumni Center for a fee of $1.50 per hour.

SILS Teaching Award Renamed

As anyone who attended her classes will attest, Dr. Barreau was a masterful teacher, winning the "SILS Award for Teaching Excellence" in both 2004 and 2008, and the Outstanding Information Science Teacher international award from the American and Society for Information Science & Technology in 2002. She was highly respected and regarded by her colleagues and students, known for her dedication, commitment and kindness; exceptional mentoring skills - offering time and advice at all hours; and for creating a classroom environment that encouraged creativity and understanding.

Because of her dedication and outstanding ability as a teacher, the School has renamed the "SILS Award for Teaching Excellence" to the "Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence." The award is presented annually to teachers (one full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty member) demonstrating the highest level of teaching excellence, commitment, innovation in teaching and effectiveness. The awards are presented during the spring commencement ceremony.

Several people have asked how they can make a donation to the teaching fund. Contributions may be made to the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence fund (2954) online at or by sending your donation to the School (checks payable to UNC SILS with a note directing the donation to fund 2954).