Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee appointed Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor

June 3, 2013

Cal LeeDr. Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has been appointed Francis Carroll McColl Term Professor effective July 1, 2013.

"I'm delighted that the members of the Administrative Advisory Board have selected Cal for this honor," said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. "In addition to his teaching talent, he is researching new and innovative areas such as digital forensics and he's working on major projects with the Library of Congress and institutions around the world. He well deserves this recognition."
 
Lee joined the SILS faculty in 2005 after receiving his Ph.D. from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Since joining SILS, Lee has received several research grants (principal investigator and co-PI) including a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project that creates and analyzes systems for archivists, librarians and other information professionals to incorporate digital forensics methods; published many scholarly papers and journal articles, written book chapters and edited the book, I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era.; presented research findings around the world; and planned events that broadly shared the results of his research. His report “States of Sustainability: A Review of State Projects Funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program" was named one of the Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2012 by the Library of Congress."
 
He was a research assistant on the National Science Foundation funded "Creative Archiving at Michigan and Leeds, Emulating the Old on the New" with Dr. Margaret Hedstrom, University of Michigan School of Information; and was a consultant on the Electronic Records Research Agenda for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. He has been nominated several times for the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence and has received the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2004.
 
Lee earned his Ph.D. in 2005. His dissertation was titled,"Defining Digital Preservation Work: A Case Study of the Development of the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System." His research interests include archives, digital preservation and electronic records managment.
 
The McColl Professorship
Hugh McColl, Jr. established the McColl Professorship in memory of his mother, Frances Carroll McColl, and sister, Frances McColl Covington. Hugh McColl said he was inspired to create the professorship by the school's needs and his mother's love of literature.
 
“My mother taught everyone in the family to love books, and we have prospered from having access to them and, perhaps more important, knowing where to turn to find the information we need,” McColl said.
 
A second McColl Term Professorship was made possible in 2005 thanks to support from Bill (BSBA '55) and Sara McCoy and Duncan Smith (MSLS '80). 
 
Current and past McColl Professors include Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee (2013-2015), Dr. Claudia Gollop (2012-2014), Dr. Deborah Barreau (2011-2013), Dr. Diane Kelly (2010-2012), Dr. Javed Mostafa (2009-2011), Dr. Jane Greenberg (2007-2009), Dr. Paul Solomon (2007-2009), Dr. Stephanie Haas (2005-2007), Dr. Barbara Wildemuth (2004-06), Dr. Evelyn Daniel (2002-04), Dr. Helen Tibbo (2000-02), Dr. Robert M. Losee (1998-2000) and Dr. William M. Shaw Jr. (1997-98).
The McColl Professorship was established in 1997 to recognize faculty who have made notable contributions to research, teaching and service to SILS. It provides a salary supplement and funds for research and travel for a two-year term.