Alumni discuss SILS and diversity in new video

June 1, 2016

This spring, we asked three UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumni, Dr. L. Teresa Church (Ph.D. ’08), Lori E. Harris (MSLS ’13), and Barrye Brown (MSLS ’14), to discuss their experiences at SILS and the importance of diversity to the future of the School and the profession.

Watch this video for highlights of their conversation.

Alumni Discuss SILS and Diversity from UNC SILS on Vimeo.

Dr. L. Teresa Church (MSLS ’98, Ph.D. ’08) is the sole proprietor of LTC Consulting. In addition to her MSLS and Ph.D. from SILS, Dr. Church holds a B.A. in English from Radford University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Brown University.

Dr. Church works as an independent archival consultant and her research interests include the documentation of local African American community history through primary source materials. She has served as a member of exhibit project teams for the Southern Historical Collection and Pacific Studio, the company that designed the exhibit for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

Aside from her work in the archives profession, Dr. Church is an accomplished poet, playwright, and quilter. She was awarded the 1989 Playwrights Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council for her play depicting the experiences of African American veterans of Vietnam. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has presented readings of her work at festivals, bookstores, educational institutions, and other venues in North Carolina and beyond. Her quilts have been featured in solo exhibitions at North Carolina State University and St. Olaf College.

Dr. Church is a member of the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee.


Lori E. Harris (MSLS ’13) is Assistant Director of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions at the University of Cincinnati. Harris joined the Library in 2015 as a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellow. She spent the first year of her fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, learning about NLM’s collections, databases, terminologies, research, and exhibits.

Harris earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies and certificates in archival studies and museum studies from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. As a SILS student, she was awarded an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship and the Society of American Archivists’ Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award. She worked in North Carolina State University’s Special Collections Research Center as both a library associate and project archivist. Harris also served as an archivist intern for both the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and the Black Women's Health Imperative in Washington, D.C.


Barrye Brown (MSLS ’14) is the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. She holds a B.A. in American History from Dillard University and an M.A. in Atlantic World History from Rice University.

As a SILS student, she was awarded an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship and a Society of American Archivists' Mosaic Scholarship. She was also a Carolina Academic Library Associate (CALA) with a dual appointment in the Southern Historical Collection and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library.