UNC librarian Rebecca Vargha has been named a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). Vargha has been head of the Information and Library Science Library since 2001 and is an adjunct faculty member at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS).
SLA is a “nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners that serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.”
Vargha is a past president of the association; immediate past chair of SLA’s leadership management division; chair-elect for SLA’s Museums, Arts and Humanities Division; archivist for the North Carolina SLA Chapter; and faculty advisor for the SLA Student Group at SILS.
SLA Fellows are recognized mid-career for their leadership in the library and information science professions. Only a maximum of five SLA members are selected as Fellows each year.
“This is such a high honor personally and for our excellent university,” Vargha stated. “Being named as a Fellow of SLA recognizes my current work for our profession and for the future of information professionals, whether on campus working with students and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill or virtually with library colleagues in South Africa, India, Germany, or Spain.”
Prior to her appointment at UNC, Vargha worked as senior research specialist at Nortel Networks. She was also an information analyst for the Research Triangle-based software company SAS. Her career began as an assistant librarian at the National Humanities Center. She is actively involved in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and presents globally on current challenges in library and information science.
Vargha holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and won the Meritorious Achievement Award (1994) from the North Carolina SLA Chapter for making outstanding contributions to the profession and chapter. On October 31, 2008, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from North Carolina Central University. In May 2012, she received the SILS Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence.Courtesy of UNC School of Information and Library Science