New grad students learn more about SILS at orientation

August 22, 2018

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its annual orientation day for new Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), and doctoral students on Monday, August 20.

Students gathered in a circle talking and smiling
Incoming graduate students discuss what
animal best represents their group.

For more photos from the day, visit the album on Flickr.

The morning information session included a welcome from SILS Dean Gary Marchionni, tips from Graduate Student Services Coordinator Lara Bailey, and an informative video on how SILS Career Services Coordinator Lori Haight could help students from day one to graduation day and beyond. Katie Kehoe, incoming coordinator of the Community Workshop Series, told students about the opportunity to serve local library patrons and gain instruction skills through the program.   

Associate Professor and MSLS Program Coordinator Brian Sturm and MSIS Program Coordinator Paul Jones shared insights and reflections on how students could make the most of their time at SILS. Sturm also had the students participate in a quick collaborative exercise, asking them to split into groups, choose an animal that best represented them, and then share the animal along with two words that explained their decision.  

Answers included elephant (chill and curious), house cat (independent and sociable), meerkats (curious and collaborative), sloth (peaceful and friendly), griffin (sympathetic and curious), sphinx (versatile and respectful), and two owls, one that was mysterious and independent and another that was observant and patient.  

Woman accepts certificate from man on stage
Master's student Diane Judith Rodden accepts
the Elfreda Chatman Research Award from
Doug Diesenhaus (MSLS '12).

Towards the end of the morning session, three returning master's students were recognized. SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) Past-President Doug Diesenhaus (MSLS '12) announced that Diane Judith Rodden was the recipient of the 2018 Elfreda Chatman Research Award for best master’s paper proposal, and Lisa Gregory (MSLS ’09) presented Erin Rutherford and Yaxue Guo with scholarships from Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter.

UNC Social Science Librarian Kristan Shawgo (MSLS '12) introduced students to LAUNC-CH (the Librarians' Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and explained how current master’s student Katie Odhner would be serving as the first-ever SILS Student Representative on the LAUNC-CH Executive Board.

Following lunch provided by SILS and SILSAA, students spent an afternoon learning more about the curriculum, touring the SILS Library at IT Labs, and hearing from panels of returning students about their experiences at SILS. The day closed with a student resources fair where student organizations shared information about their purpose and plans for the year.

Two women smiling on stage
Yaxue Guo (left) received a scholarship from the
Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, presented
by chapter president Lisa Gregory.

Two women on stage smiling
Erin Rutherford (left) received a scholarship
from the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu,
presented by chapter president Lisa Gregory.