SILS Librarian Rebecca Vargha Honored by SLA for Commitment to Teaching and Professional Development

April 8, 2015

Rebecca Vargha, director of the library at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will receive the Rose L. Vormelker Award at the opening session of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2015 Annual Conference in Boston on June 14.

A press release from the SLA described the recipients of the 2015 award as "information professionals who actively work to advance the development of their fellow librarians and students.”

The Vormelker Award is presented annually to one or more mid-career members in good standing who teach and/or mentor students or working professionals. The award’s namesake was president of SLA in 1948-1949 and taught library and information science courses at several academic institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Kansas State University.

Vargha has been the SILS Librarian since 2001. In addition to supervising the library’s staff, her responsibilities include collection development, teaching, liaising with departmental faculty, and reference and research assistance. She previously worked as a librarian at SAS, a leading business analytics software and services vendor.

An SLA Fellow, Vargha was president of SLA in 2006-2007 and has served on numerous committees and councils during her 35-year SLA career. She currently is chair-elect of the Knowledge Management Division and a member of the Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council and the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council.

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