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Gary Marchionini

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science

Gary Marchionini




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Gary Marchionini


Information interaction, human-computer interaction, human-centered computing, information retrieval, digital libraries, information architecture, digital government, cyberspace identity, information policy.


PhD, Wayne State University, 1981
MEd, Wayne State University, 1974
BA, Western Michigan University 1971


Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He joined the SILS faculty in 1998 and became dean in 2010.
He was previously professor in the College of Library and Information Services at the University of Maryland and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (1983-1998).
A recognized expert 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 received grants and research awards from the National Science Foundation, Library of Congress, Bureau of Labor Statistics, NASA, Microsoft, Google, and IBM among others.
In 2007, he used a Google Research Award to develop the Information in Life Video Series, making UNC-Chapel Hill one of the first universities to have content on YouTube and establishing what would become the UNC-Chapel Hill YouTube channel.
He was Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transaction on Information Systems (2002-2008) and is the editor for the Morgan-Claypool Lecture Series on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services.
He was program chair for ACM SIGIR (2005) and ACM/IEEE JCDL (2002), as well as general chair of ACM DL 96 and JCDL 2006. He served as President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in 2010.
His professional contributions have been recognized by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology (2000) and the ASIS&T Award of Merit (2011), the association’s highest honor.
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.
He was elected to the iSchool Board of Directors for the North America region in 2018 and reappointed to another five-year term as dean of SILS in 2021.


American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Award of Merit, 2011
Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)
Award for Teaching Excellence, UNC School of Information and Library Science (2009)
Library and Information Technology (LITA) Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, 2000


Marchionini, G. (2018) Search, sense making and learning: closing gaps, Information and Learning Science,

Marchionini, G. (2016). Information Science Roles in the Emerging Field of Data Science. Journal of Data and Information Science,

Marchionini, Gary. (2014). Libraries of People. Information Studies 20(3), (Jul 2014), 143-194.

Marchionini, G. (2014), Research Data Stewardship: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science in iSchools. Document, Information and Knowledge.

Marchionini, G. (2014). Libraries and literacies: from I to we. Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) Proceedings

Capra, R., Chen, A., Hawthorne, K.., Arguello, J., Shaw, L., & Marchionini, G. 2012. Design and Evaluation of a System to Support Collaborative Search. In Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, October 26-30, 2012, Baltimore, MD. Silver Spring, MD: ASIST.

Capra, R., Arguello, J., Chen, A., Hawthorne, K.., Marchionini, G. & Shaw, L. 2012. The ResultsSpace collaborative search environment. Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 435-436.

Marchionini, G. & Moran, B. (Editors), 2012. Information Professionals 2040: Educational Possibilities and Pathways. ISBN 978-1-300-20486-2.

Shah, C. & Marchionini, G. (2010). Awareness in Collaborative Information Seeking. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(10), p. 2011-2028

Marchionini, G., Song, Y., & Farrell, R. (2009). Multimedia surrogates for video gisting: Toward combining spoken words and imagery. Information Processing & Management. 45(6), p. 615-630.

Capra, R., Marchionini, G., Velasco-Martin, J., and Muller, K. 2010. Tools-at-hand and learning in multi-session, collaborative search. In Proceedings of the 28th international Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 10 – 15, 2010). CHI ’10. ACM, New York, NY, 951-960


Above, SILS Faculty Lightning Talk by Gary Marchionini. Below, Dr. Marchionini on the progress of SILS, the launch of the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), and moderating a panel on misinformation.