Bringing knowledge to the world

School of Information and Library Science

The first library school in North Carolina, SILS is educating innovative thinkers who will lead the information professions and create systems, techniques and policies that advance information processes and services. Each day, the school is advancing information creation, access and stewardship to improve the quality of life for local, national and global communities.

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As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we’ll spotlight the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’ll profile academic units, hear from deans and learn about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

225 Years.

We believe that equitable access to information is essential to human progress and prosperity. We strive for informed leadership and excellence in making data, information and knowledge more accessible and useful to the world.

Gary Marchionini, dean of the School of Information and Library Science

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Gary Marchionini

By the numbers

School of Information and Library Science

  • 1stlibrary school in North Carolina
  • No. 1ranking in health librarianship by U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 10in all specialty areas ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • 90%of graduates work or continue their education within six months of graduation
  • No. 1Library and Information Management Program by QS World University Rankings
  • 1stmaster's degree in the United States focused on digital curation
  • 180undergraduate students majoring in information science or minoring in information systems
  • 285graduate students
  • 31faculty members

Informed leadership, informed excellence