SILS alumna, Xi Niu, awarded 2012 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

June 28, 2012

Xi NiuDr. Xi Niu (Ph.D. ''12), assistant professor, Indiana University Indianapolis and alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded a 2012 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.

The title of Niu's dissertation is, "Beyond Text Queries and Ranked Lists: Faceted Search in Library Catalogs." Dr. Brad Hemminger, associate professor, was her advisor and committee chair. Members of her committee included, Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor; Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, associate dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor; Bill Kules, professor, Catholic University.

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, was officially announced at the Beta Phi Mu General Assembly, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California last week. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.

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."