Message from the Department Head

Greetings to you (the alumni) of the UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS)!  It’s been a pleasure for me to be part of the UNCG LIS family since Fall 2009.  During this time I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, students, alumni and professional community to prepare for our American Library Association (ALA) accreditation review as well as to meet many of you in Greensboro, statewide or nationally.  In June 2011, we learned that our MLIS program received full accreditation from the ALA’s Committee on Accreditation (COA), with the next comprehensive review and visit scheduled for spring 2018.  Your contributions toward strengthening our program are much appreciated.

We hope you continue to keep us updated and to support our students as a mentor, practicum/internship supervisor, scholarship donor and/or class guest lecturer.  We also invite you to serve as Ambassadors who can represent the department in recruitment and other events.  An Alumnus Ambassador would make the time to share with potential students and other audiences your experiences and knowledge of our program.  To serve as an Ambassador, fill out our form:   or to lend your financial support, please visit:

The department is happy to share with you our focus on IDEA (information, diversity, engagement and access), which builds on our mission:

The UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) connects people, libraries, and information through research, teaching, and service to enrich living and working in a global environment.

We are excited to use the following tagline: The Power of IDEAs: explore. connect. enrich.

and agree with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who stated: “Ours has been called an information age, but, though information has never been more plentiful, ideas are what shape and reshape our world.” (2006; p. iii.)

Please write me with how you are working with IDEAs and how IDEAs create a stronger department.  Your engagement is valuable to our students and program.

Lastly, I want to share with you that we moved into the new School of Education Building in May 2011 and welcomed our new Dean, Karen Wixson, in January 2011.  Please come and visit us on the 4th floor of our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards building, and I hope to see you at the next iDEAL Summit, NCLA conference, ALA annual conference, Alumni Luncheon, or LISAA social.


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