Tim Shearer (MSLS ’97) received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) spring commencement ceremony on May 8.
After graduating from SILS, Shearer began a notable career path in the UNC Libraries that progressed from cataloging, to programming, to leading a team of programmers, to being appointed Director of Library and Information Technology in May 2015.
“Tim’s innovative leadership has produced critical library tools and services,” said Emily Jack (MSLS '07), SILS Alumni Association Vice President/President-Elect, who presented Shearer with the award at commencement. “His colleagues value his insight, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as his commitment to mentoring students and new librarians.”
Shearer also teaches a systems analysis course at SILS, where his engaging style has made him a beloved instructor. “He clearly recognizes classroom instruction as an opportunity to nurture the development of future colleagues, and approaches this duty with the utmost seriousness,” said Anne Ligon Harding (MSIS ’16). “SILS students consider themselves fortunate to have him both as a knowledgeable resource and as a consummate professional to look up to.”
When asked to reflect on what excites him about the future of librarianship, Shearer answered, "The next generation. SILS brings such amazing talent to Carolina and then provides them the tools they need to create the future. In the classroom and on the ground I have been fortunate to engage with students who bring a stunning level of intelligence, creativity, and passion to their work. It is a pleasure few get to experience as part of their day-to-day professional life."
In addition to his MSLS from SILS, Shearer holds a B.A. in English and psychology from UNC.