The 2013 ALA SILS Alumni Reunion

July 8, 2013

A lively Irish pub with a beautiful view of the river on a summer evening in one of the nation’s most vibrant cities was the setting for the 2013 Alumni Reunion of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dean Gary Marchionini and the SILS Alumni Reunion Host Committee welcomed approximately 70 alumni for the get-together that took place Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Lizzie McNeill’s near the river in Chicago, Illinois.

(Photos from the event are available on the SILS Flickr site.)

Alumni had a great time catching up with friends and former classmates, and heard about some of the latest happenings at SILS from the Dean who also shared some good news about three alumnae who attended the event. 

Dean Marchionini acknowledged Demetria Tucker (MSLS ’78) who was the 2013 recipient of the ALA Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Demetria Tucker“The award is presented to a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities/programs.”

Marchionini also shared that Tucker’s program at the Pearl Baily Youth Program at the Newport News Public Library System, was selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services as one of 50 exceptional programs in the nation for work in “providing rich arts and humanities and learning opportunities for young people.” Her program is being considered for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the “nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities.”

Susan Brown (MSLS ’01) was congratulated for receiving the 2013 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, “the most prestigious award of the American Library Association.” The award was presented for her work on the "Banned Books Trading Card" initiative that resulted in engaging the community in Lawrence, Kansas. The dean also welcomed her back to Chapel Hill as the new director of the Chapel Hill Library.

Marchionini also welcomed Joyce Ogburn (MSLS '82) back to North Carolina. Ogburn was recently named dean of libraries and the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University.

A special thanks to the SILS Alumni Reunion Host Committee who included:

• Melanie Dauskart Ehrhart (AB ’65, MSLS ’67) 
• Brian Nielsen (Ph.D. ’83)
• Carol Nielsen, SILS Librarian (1972-1980)
• Mary Jane Petrowski (MSLS ’78)
• Chris Wenderoth (MSLS ’73)

Thanks also to Kate McNamara who assisted with the registration table and photography and to SILS staff who worked behind the scenes. Their efforts were appreciated.