Funding Priority

Maximize the Student Experience

Our students are extraordinary. As we help them develop their gifts and chart their professional paths, they inspire us and challenge us to maintain our tradition of excellence. To remain a top-tier program and attract the best students from diverse backgrounds, we must offer more student support and augment our programs and facilities so we can continue providing extraordinary learning opportunities and experiences.

UNC School of Information and Library Science
    Matt Johnson, a second-year master's student in the UNC School of Information and Library Science works with another student at the school's library in Manning Hall on June 22, 2017, in Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Information for Good

    Whether it’s through collaboration with our world-class faculty members or through their own independent research, our students are dedicated to making the world better though information science. The 2017 Symposium on Information for Social Good featured student panels focused on eliminating barriers to inclusive public library service, achieving racial equity for teens in libraries and exploring ethical dilemmas related to medical information, among other issues.

    Poster presentations highlighted research on a wide range of topics, including cultural bias in search algorithms, Virtual Private Network (VPN) usage and restrictions in China, and the ethics of mass consumer data collection. Our annual project fair recognizes research and innovations that can improve the public good with its Social Impact Award, and there is never a shortage of worthy candidates. Projects in recent years have included an app to educate African American women about their breast cancer risks, an evaluation of Ferguson Municipal Public Library’s effective use of Twitter during 2014 civil unrest, modifications to Amazon’s Echo so it can be used to help seniors live independently, approaches for handing institutional knowledge for volunteer programs, and applications for culturally responsive pedagogy in encouraging literacy and writing among incarcerated youth.

     

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    Carolina in Silicon Valley

    The course connects students with the vast and growing network of successful Carolina alumni in northern California at organizations that include Apple, Google and Cisco, among many others.  

    Community

    For The Greater Good Of The Order

    “This notion that we’re all part of something larger really does imbue the way that we work, and it’s a very special culture that exists here."

    Innovation

    Enabling a healthier society through data

    Health care informatics can make a real difference in people's lives...

    Community

    Fred Roper: Combining his love for UNC academics and athletics into one unique gift

    “UNC and SILS gave me a stellar education and opportunities to expand in ways that I hadn’t imagined"