School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, SILS takes a leadership role in today’s ever-changing information and library science landscape. SILS educates innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions; discovers principles and impacts of information; creates systems, techniques, and policies to advance information processes and services; and promotes information creation, access, use, management, and stewardship to improve the quality of life for diverse local, national, and global communities.

The SILS mission has four components: education, basic research, design and development and real world engagement. Our educational mission is manifested in our degree programs, field studies and internships, and the collaborative research our students do with faculty and other students. Our research mission is rooted in the recognition that data, information, and knowledge are the engines of science, industry, and the human experience. Our design and development mission manifests in interacting systems that include computational components, organizational components, access components, and policy components. Our engagement mission is motivated by the recognition that information is socially embedded in culture and that real world problems are solved by people armed with knowledge of the past, contemporary information, and tools for exploration and decision making.

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