Rebecca Vargha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) librarian and adjunct faculty member, has been named a Fellow by the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the "nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners that serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists."
Vargha is active in SLA locally, nationally and globally. She is a past president of SLA; immediate past chair of SLA's leadership management division; chair-elect for SLA's Museums, Arts and Humanities Division; archivist for the North Carolina SLA Chapter; and serves as faculty advisor for the SLA Student Group at SILS.
SLA Fellows are recognized mid-career for their leadership in the library and information science professions. Only a maximum of five SLA members are selected as fellows each year. Other fellows associated with SILS include Joanne Marshall, SILS alumni distinguished professor; Laura N. (Lolly) Gasaway, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law and SILS adjunct professor; Fred Roper, distinguished alumnus of SILS and the distinguished dean emeritus of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science; Barbara Semonche, SILS distinguished alumna and former library director at the UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Davenport (Dav) Robertson, SILS distinguished alumnus and director (retired), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and SILS Board of Visitors member Marjorie Hlava, president, Access Innovations, Inc. and former Board member, Guy St. Clair, knowledge services consultant, SMR International, Columbia University.
“This is such a high honor personally and for our excellent university,” Vargha stated. “Being named as a Fellow of SLA recognizes my current work for our profession and for the future of information professionals, whether on campus working with students and faculty at UNC Chapel Hill or virtually with library colleagues in South Africa, India, Germany or Spain.”
Prior to her appointment with the SILS Library, Vargha worked as senior research specialist at Nortel Networks. She was also an information analyst for the Cary-based software company SAS. Her career began as an assistant librarian at the National Humanities Center. She is actively involved in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and presents globally on current challenges in library and information science. Vargha holds a Bachelor's degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master's degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and won the Meritorious Achievement Award (1994) from the North Carolina SLA Chapter for making outstanding contributions to the profession and chapter. On October 31, 2008 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from North Carolina Central University. In May 2012, she received SILS Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes faculty members who are nominated by students within the school, for outstanding teaching.