The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prides itself on performing research and service that benefits the citizens of the state and the nation. At SILS, we share the University's commitment. Our faculty and students create new knowledge through research that emphasizes practical use of information for the public good. As part of a major research university, one of the school’s top priorities is generating new knowledge in the field of information and library science.

Faculty and student research covers a broad range of topics including: information seeking behavior, consumer health information, metadata, information retrieval, children’s literature, digital libraries, archives and digital preservation, cyberinfrastructure, the aging workforce, academic librarianship, management of information agencies, rule-based data management, storytelling and folklore, and much more.

Projects are funded by a variety of sources including external agencies such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Archives and Records Administration, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Andrew Mellon Foundation, to name a few. Colleagues from other organizations and SILS students work collaboratively with faculty on these research projects. The results of their research are shared through published works, conference presentations and proceedings, special speaking engagements, symposia and other events.


Photo: Doctoral student Hollie White at the ASIS&T 2010 Annual Meeting. Photo by Julia Kampov