UNC SILS joins iSchools committee to plan 2022 summit

February 11, 2022
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) joined a group of top iSchools in the nation to plan a summit centered on the role of iSchools in the future of the library and information science (LIS) field. 
The planning committee aims to present a series of conversations that lead up to a summit for iSchools later in 2022. Brian Sturm, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor at SILS, and Maggie Melo, an assistant professor at SILS, serve on the planning committee for the summit.  
“Dr. Melo and I are excited about being involved in this five-university endeavor to explore the skills, attitudes, and knowledge students should have when leaving LIS educational institutions and the perceptions of stakeholders in the role of LIS in iSchools of the future,” Sturm said. 
LIS faculty across multiple iSchools in the country also serve on the planning committee with Sturm and Melo. 
Planning committee members and participating schools include: 
University of Illinois, School of Information Sciences 
Maria Bonn Associate Professor, MS/LIS and CAS Program Director 
Emily Knox Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 
University of Maryland, College of Information Studies 
Mega Subramaniam Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty 
Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor 
University of Texas, School of Information 
David Lankes, Virginia and Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship 
Amelia Acker, Assistant Professor 
University of North Carolina, School of Information and Library Science 
Maggie Melo, Assistant Professor 
Brian Sturm Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  
University of Washington, Information School 
Cindy Aden, Professor of Practice; Distinguished Practitioner in Residence 
Chris Coward, Senior Principal Research Scientist; Affiliate Associate Professor 
Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services; MLIS Program Chair 
Carole Palmer, Professor; Associate Dean for Research