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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Information and Library Science

201 Manning Hall CB#3360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo
Phone: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919- 962-8071

Degrees/Certificates Offered

  • Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master's of Science in Information Science (M.S.I.S.)
  • Master's of Science in Library Science (M.S.L.S.)
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Data Curation (P.M.C.)

Programs Offered

On Campus & Online

Program Philosophy

For several decades, SILS students have prepared to work in archives, special collections, manuscript repositories and as records managers in various organizational contexts.  Alumni are employed across the United States, from Harvard University and the Baseball Hall of Fame to Duke University and North Carolina State University.  SILS introduced a formal concentration in archives and records management (ARM) in the fall of 2008.  Students can complete the ARM concentration regardless of whether they are pursuing the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) or Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree.

With the ubiquity of digital data and electronic records, and the need for staff who possess advanced information technology skills, SILS has broadened our offerings to prepare students to be leaders in digital curation and cultural heritage information management, encompassing materials ranging from paper documents and photographs to complex digital objects and data sets.  In the fall of 2010, SILS added a Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation, which includes five classes (15 credits) in addition to those required for the degree, three of which must count only toward the Certificate and two of which can be counted toward both the MSIS/MSLS and the Certificate.

The primary mission of the SILS archives and records management program is to provide the next generation of professionals with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of their chosen professions along with an array of technology skills that will facilitate their contributions to their institutions, users, and the field at large. We strive to prepare reflective, adaptive information professionals for action in the present and the future; and inspire in our students an uncompromising advocacy for knowledge. More specifically, our goals are to: 

  • Provide a wide array of educational structures including coursework, independent research projects, internships, and service opportunities focused on optimizing repository practice and the future development of curatorial practices. These learning opportunities examine and provide a laboratory for understanding how institutions can best acquire, arrange, describe, preserve, and make accessible the full range of materials they hold.
  • Encourage students to be independent researchers who will continue to explore the parameters of best practice once in the archival workplace and share their findings with their colleagues through the professional literature.
  • Help students juxtapose theory and practice, thus providing the climate and understanding to improve both.
  • Provide students with significant exposure to the field through strong relationships with professional organizations such as SAA and the Society of North Carolina Archivists.
  • Provide students with a strong technical background that will support the full range of repository technology needs.
  • And, ultimately, provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to be successful leaders.

Practicum/Internships/Assistantships Offered?

INLS 795: Professional Field Experience

Supervised observation and practice in an information setting. The field experience typically takes place in a library or another information agency. Faculty-led seminars and a paper enhance the experience. Prerequisite: completion of at least 18 semester hours and permission of adviser. Offered fall, summer and spring.

Faculty Information

Full-time Faculty: 3
Part-time Faculty: 3
Adjunct Faculty: 4
Tenured Faculty: 5