UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Gary Marchionini was elected to the iSchools Board of Directors for the North America region in June.
The iSchools Organization is a consortium of more than 90 universities and institutions dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society.
The iSchools has adopted a new governance structure that is expected to make the Organization more responsive to the needs of its membership. Under the new model, all iSchools members will participate in the election of a Board of Directors. This new Board consists of two groups: an Executive Committee, and an additional group of regionally elected Board members. The Executive Committee will continue to handle the ongoing day-to-day business of the Organization, but the Board of Directors must approve broader decisions such as changes in the budget and membership. A majority of all members must vote to approve any change in the dues or core structural alterations.
Marchionini teaches courses in human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries. He has published over 200 articles, chapters and reports in a variety of books and journals. He has had grants or research awards from the National Science Foundation, Council on Library Resources, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kellogg Foundation, NASA, The National Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Google, and IBM among others.
Marchionini earned his PhD and MEd at Wayne State University. His current interests and projects are related to interfaces that support information seeking and information retrieval, and issues arising from data science and ubiquitous information.