Marchionini named dean of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science

by | Jan 29, 2010 | 0 comments

Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed dean of the School of Information and Library Sciences.

The University’s Board of Trustees today (Jan. 28) approved the appointment, effective April 1.

A Carolina faculty member since 1998, Marchionini heads the school’s Interaction Design Laboratory and chairs its personnel committee. He serves on the Campus Research Computing Committee and has helped lead numerous campus initiatives since arriving at Carolina. Last spring, he was nominated by his students and selected as the school’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

He is president of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, an international organization of professionals who focus on improving access to information. Marchionini is the chair of the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee. He previously was editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) “Transactions on Information Systems” from 2002 to 2008, has served on more than a dozen editorial boards and is editor of the Morgan-Claypool book series, “Information Concepts, Retrieval and Services.”

Marchionini has published more than 200 articles, book chapters and technical reports on topics related to digital libraries, information seeking, usability of personal health records, multimedia browsing strategies and personal identity in cyberspace. He has been awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and other foundations, as well as research awards from companies including Microsoft, IBM and Google. He is the author of “Information Seeking in Electronic Environments,” part of a Cambridge University Press series.

Marchionini earned a doctorate in curriculum development, focusing on mathematics education, and a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Wayne State University in 1974 and 1981, respectively. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and English from Western Michigan University in 1971. Before arriving at UNC, he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland for 15 years. He served on the faculty and as a researcher at Wayne State from 1978 to 1983 and taught mathematics at the East Detroit Public Schools for seven years.

The School of Information and Library Science seeks to advance the practice and profession of information science and librarianship, prepare students for careers in a variety of information professions and contribute to the study of information. The school offers an undergraduate major in information science and an undergraduate minor in information systems, masters’ degrees in information science and library science, and a Ph.D. program. Twenty-six faculty members teach about 330 graduate students and 58 undergraduate students. U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked the school’s master’s degree program tied for first in the 2010 edition of its “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook.

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University Relations contact:
Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593,

School of Information and Library Sciences contact:
Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337,

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