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Gift Fund Descriptions

Susan Grey Akers Scholarship Fund

Dean Susan Grey Akers
Dean Susan Grey Akers

Susan Grey Akers was the first dean of the School of Information and Library Science from 1932 to 1954, and was the first female dean at UNC. She spearheaded the foundation of the library school at North Carolina Central University. She was noted for her work, Simple Library Cataloging. Dean Akers maintained an interest in the School, its faculty and its students until her death in 1984 at the age of 95.

The fund was established by the Alumni Association upon the occasion of Dean Akers' retirement to provide a fellowship which will assist deserving students admitted to the MSLS degree program and distinguished by evidence of professional promise, character, leadership and high scholastic achievement.

Dean Akers in the '30s
Dean Akers in the '30s


Lester Asheim Scholarship Fund

Dr. Lester Asheim
Dr. Lester Asheim

Lester Asheim came to UNC in 1975 as the first William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor, after a distinguished career as Dean of Chicago's Library School (1952-1961) and of the International Relations Office of the ALA (1962-1966). One of his most renowned articles is his argument for collection development titled "Not Censorship But Selection."

The fund was established upon the occasion of Professor Asheim's retirement to support scholarship awards to students attending the School of Information and Library Science distinguished by ability, as indicated by a sound scholastic record, demonstrable financial need and potential for making a positive professional contribution to the advancement of library and information services and research. First consideration is given to applicants pursuing a doctoral degree.



Evelyn J. Bishop Scholarship Fund

Evelyn J. Bishop lived in Smithfield, NC, and worked at the Johnston County Public Library. Through a bequest in her will, she created this scholarship fund to support a student admitted to the master's degree program at the School of Information and Library Science.


Lisa Burmeister Computer & Information Science Fellowship

Established in 1983, this fund supports a fellowship for a second-year graduate student in the School of Information and Library Science. In 1985, Lisa Burmeister, one of SILS' first information science students, died suddenly of a stroke, and the fund was renamed to honor her memory. First consideration is given to students concentrating in information science.

Jerry D. Campbell Dean's Fund

Jerry D. Campbell
Jerry D. Campbell

Jerry D. Campbell (MSLS '72) serves on the School of Information and Library Science Carolina First Campaign Committee. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer/Dean of Libraries at the University of Southern California. Before working at USC, he served for more than 10 years as vice provost for library affairs and vice provost for computing at Duke University.

Campbell created this endowment fund to support SILS. Disbursement is at the discretion of the dean.


Carnegie Foundation Library Science Endowment and Carnegie Foundation Library Science Tuitional Fellowship

Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie created the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The Corporation is a grant making foundation that seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim “to do real and permanent good in this world.”

One of Carnegie's lifelong interests was establishing free public libraries to give everyone a means for self-education. From 1881 to 1917, he and the Corporation built 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world. For about forty years afterward, the Corporation continued an interest in improving library services.

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The Library Science Endowment is a gift from the Corporation to establish an endowment fund for the general support of the School of Information and Library Science. Among other purposes, this fund is used to provide small grants to students for assistance with research costs associated with writing master's papers, research projects, dissertations or senior honors theses. Students are encouraged to apply at

The Library Science Tuitional Fellowship was established by the Corporation to support several tuition fellowships for SILS students each year.


Dean's Fund

Established by the combination of gifts from the estate of Margaret Ellen Kalp and the Rockwell Fund of Houston, Texas, this fund is used at the discretion of the dean.


Gambee Memorial Library Fund

Dr. Budd Gambee
Dr. Budd Gambee

Budd Gambee was a faculty member at the School of Information and Library Science from 1963 to 1983. He was one of the School's first multimedia professors. Upon his retirement, the alumni association awarded him Honorary Membership, which stated in part, "During his twenty years on the faculty he has been noted for his carefully prepared lectures, his insistence upon high standards, his work with students in promoting the non-print media, and for his numerous contributions to the literature of library history."

The fund supports the SILS library.


General Scholarship Fund

This fund is used to supplement other scholarship awards provided by the School of Information and Library Science.


Neil Bost Glenn Endowment

This endowment was established by the former vice chairman of KPMG-Peat Marwick & Co. of NY to support purchases of both hardware and software for the SILS Computer Laboratory.


Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture

This fund was established in memory of Lucile Kelling Henderson, former School of Information and Library Science faculty member (1932-1960) and second dean of the School (1954-1960). Dean Henderson led the school through its transition in the fifties from a bachelor of arts program to a fifth-year master's program. She was known as a superior teacher. "A lectureship in her honor seems especially appropriate for someone who was an excellent teacher, administrator, counselor and advisor."

The fund enables the School to "attract outstanding professionals and interact with students, faculty and alumni" by supporting an annual lecture.

Dean Lucile Kelling Henderson
Dean Lucile Kelling Henderson


Edward G. Holley Student Research Fund

Edward G. Holley is a former School of Information and Library Science dean (1972-1985) and professor emeritus, specializing in history of the book and academic librarianship. During his tenure as dean, Holley implemented the doctoral program at SILS, as well as the internship program with the EPA library, and provided the leadership for the master's program to grow from 36 to 48 credit hours in a time of decreasing resources. He was a William Rand Kenan professor and is the recipient of many of the field's awards, including the 1998 ALISE Award for Professional Contributions to Library and Information Science Education.

The fund provides student research awards, especially for expenses incurred for research on the master's thesis.

Dr. Edward Holley
Dr. Edward Holley

Michael Hooker Fellowship in Applied Networking

Chancellor Michael Hooker
Chancellor Michael Hooker

This fellowship was established in 2000 in memory of the late Chancellor Michael Hooker. In January of 1999, Chancellor Hooker was interested in support for students who would become the intellectual capital of Cisco Systems and contribute to the growth of the networking industry, especially here in North Carolina. He got the former Cisco Systems executive, Selby Wellman and Dean Joanne Marshall together who discussed their ideas of partnering to honor Chancellor Hooker's technology vision. Though Chancellor Hooker passed away later that same year, Cisco Systems and the School of Information and Library Science were able to formalize the partnership in his honor by establishing an endowed graduate fellowship.

The fund supports graduate students studying the development and management of networked information systems and Internet networking technology at SILS.



Paul Jones
Paul Jones, director of is home to one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet. It is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics and cultural studies. Its goals include expanding and improving the creation and distribution of open source software; continuing the University of North Carolina 's programs to develop an on-line library and archive; hosting projects that expand the concepts of transparency and openness; and serving as a model for other open source projects. operates in partnership with the Center for the Public Domain, UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Information Technology Services.

Please visit the ibiblio homepage at


International Programs Fund

Mary L. Boone (MSLS '73) established this fund in 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her graduation to promote international programs at the School of Information and Library Science.


Margaret Kalp Fellowship

Dean Margaret Kalp
Dean Margaret Kalp

Margaret Ellen Kalp was acting dean of the School of Information and Library Science from 1964 to 1967 and assistant dean from 1973 to 1976. Noted for her deep commitment to the School, Kalp showed equal dedication to the library profession through her work with numerous professional organizations and on numerous committees.

The fund supports fellowships for SILS students. Master's students will be distinguished by evidence of professional promise and high scholastic achievement. First consideration will be given to students who indicate an interest in work with young people and children. A fellowship for doctoral study may be awarded to a student with a superior record, significant professional contributions, and experience working with children and young people.


Eleanor and Frederick Kilgour Faculty Development Fund

In 1967, Frederick G. Kilgour founded the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the first and largest online library network in the world, and served as its president until 1980. Dr. Kilgour became a Distinguished Research Professor at SILS in 1990, teaching seminars in applications of technology for libraries.

The fund was established to support faculty needs by helping acquire innovative teaching materials and equipment, promoting research in new fields, encouraging the development of new courses and providing travel funds for professional conferences.

Barbara Moran, Fred and Eleanor Kilgour, and Ed Holley
Barbara Moran, Fred and Eleanor Kilgour, and Ed Holley


Frances Carroll McColl Term Professorship

Hugh and Jane McColl
Hugh and Jane McColl

Hugh McColl Jr. established the McColl Professorship in memory of his mother, Frances Carroll McColl, and sister, Frances McColl Covington. Hugh McColl said he was inspired by the school's needs and his mother's love of literature. "My mother taught everyone in the family to love books, and we have prospered from having access to them and, perhaps more important, knowing where to turn to find the information we need."

The previous McColl Professors were Dr. Evelyn Daniel (2002-04), Dr. Helen Tibbo (2000-02), Dr. Robert M. Losee (1998-2000) and Dr. William M. Shaw Jr. (1997-98).

Dr. Barbara Wildemuth
Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, 2004 McColl Professor


Kathleen McNiece Moore Fellowship in Children's Library Services

This fellowship was established in memory of Kathleen McNiece Moore (MSLS '70) by her family "to perpetuate her concern for books, her love of children and her interest in the art of storytelling."

The fund supports a fellowship for a student admitted to the graduate program at the School of Information and Library Science who has exhibited an interest in working with children and is firmly committed to the field of children's library services. Preference will be given to a student who has worked with children, especially in the storyteller's art.


OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science

Joe Hewitt, UNC-CH Director of Academic Affairs Library; William Crowe, University of Kansas; Eleanor Kilgour; Frederick G. Kilgour; SILS Dean Joanne Gard Marshall; Jay Jordan, OCLC; and Phyllis Spies, OCLC.

The OCLC Online Computer Library Center established this endowment fund in honor of Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour's 90th birthday. Kilgour is a distinguished research professor in the School of Information and Library Science and founder of OCLC. The fund supports an annual lecture bringing together scholars and leaders from around the world to share innovative ideas and cutting-edge research. A committee appointed by the dean will determine the topic for the lectureship and invite a lecturer.

“We hope that the selectors (for this lecture) will choose people of vision, people who are forward-thinking, people who have the will to effect change and to drive toward solutions that will benefit humankind. In short, people like Fred,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO.


SILS Renovation Fund

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This fund was established to help defray costs of current and future renovations to the School of Information and Library Science. Gifts will help the school operate in a state-of-the-art facility, remain a technological leader and provide the most up-to-date education in information and library science.


Special Fellowship for Library Work with Children and Young Adults

This fellowship was established in 1982 by an anonymous donor to support a student admitted to the graduate program at the School of Information and Library Science and interested in working with children and young adults.


Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature:

Dr. Susan Steinfirst
Dr. Susan Steinfirst

Established by her husband, Gene Story, and her friends and family, this fund honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, professor of children's and young adult literature (1976-1996) at the School of Information and Library Science. Known for her dedication to her students and her equanimity and humor in staff meetings, Susan left an indelible imprint on her colleagues and the School.

The fund supports an biennial lecture in the field of children's literature by a scholarly or creative person.


SILS Award for Teaching Excellence

In 1995 Chancellor Paul Hardin and Dean Barbara Moran established the SILS Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes one faculty member, who is selected by his or her peers within the school, for outstanding teaching. It is presented at the annual spring commencement ceremony.

Recent recipients include Dr. Barbara Moran (2003), Dr. Brian Sturm (2002), Dr. David Carr (2001) and Dr. Barbara Wildemuth (2000).

Dr. Deborah Barreau
Dr. Deborah Barreau, 2004 recipient


Marcia Tuttle Endowed Scholarship

Serials Solutions, Inc. of Seattle made the initial gift to endow a scholarship in honor of Marcia Tuttle, retired head of the UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Serials Department. “I am particularly proud that Serials Solutions could play a leadership role in establishing this endowment,” said company founder Peter McCracken's (MSLS '95).

The scholarship recognizes Tuttle's dedication to education and mentoring. She had an international reputation for activism on behalf of library-publisher communication and fair serials pricing.

This endowment provides an academic scholarship to a graduate student in the School of Information and Library Science. Preference is given to students with an interest in managing serials in an electronic environment.

Marcia Tuttle
Marcia Tuttle


Unrestricted Fund

This fund is used to supplement operating funds provided by the state for the School of Information and Library Science.


Louis Round Wilson Fellowship

Dr. Louis Round Wilson
Dr. Louis Round Wilson

Established by the Dean S. Edmonds Foundation, this fund awards an annual fellowship to a student admitted to the doctoral program at the School of Information and Library Science in memory of Dr. Wilson, the founder of the School. The recipient is named the Louis Round Wilson Fellow.

In honoring Dr. Wilson's memory, we remember his enduring words from 1929:

“As part of the program of social welfare now being worked out at Chapel Hill, a library school is needed, where librarians, like lawyers and doctors and teachers, may secure expert professional training. With its magnificent new building as a laboratory for the school, such an institution would not only be in harmony with the program on which the University has embarked, it would offer opportunity through the sending out of trained librarians for the South to tap the vast reservoir of human knowledge.”


Tung-Li & Hui-Hsi Yuan Award

The family of the late Tung-Li and Hui-Hsi Yuan established an endowment fund in memory of their parents to provide an award to students enrolled in the School of Information and Library Science.

Tung-Li Yuan was a founder of the National Library of Beijing in 1929, and under his leadership, the library started using many Western innovations, including union catalogues, union lists of serials, interlibrary loan services and a printed card catalog based on the Library of Congress model. After relocating to the United States, Yuan worked at the Stanford Research Institute and the Library of Congress and continued to conduct research and write about China. Upon his death, individuals who paid tribute to Yuan included author Pearl S. Buck and Librarian of Congress L. Quincey Mumford.

The Yuan family encourages leadership in the field of library and information science in China, including the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Preference for the award will be given to recipients who demonstrate a commitment to teaching or practicing librarianship in China and who are students of Chinese descent.


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