University of Pittsburgh
December 7, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 7 -- Toni Carbo, dean and professor of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh, has been chosen to become an Honorary Fellow in the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS.) The award will be presented at the Year 2000 NFAIS Annual Conference, Feb. 20-23, in Philadelphia.

According to the NFAIS, its board of directors is bestowing this honor on Carbo because of her "past service and dedication to NFAIS" and her "lifelong contribution to the information industry."

Carbo has been dean of SIS since 1986. Prior to joining Pitt, she was executive director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), the federal agency responsible for advising the President and the U.S. Congress on policy and planning in the information field. As a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure (NII), she was responsible for advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a national strategy to promote the development of the NII and the Global Information Infrastructure.

She is past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), serving on its council for 1996-1999. Carbo also is a fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA.) She has served as president of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), and received its Watson David Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association (PLA) in 1995. She chairs the board of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is vice-chair of Three Rivers Connect and a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Information Highway Consortium.

Carbo has extensive international experience. She chaired the U.S. delegation to the general council meeting of UNESCO General Information Programme (PGI) in 1984 and served as a member of the 1982 delegation. She is co-chair of the U.S. National Committee for the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID) and currently chairs its Infostructures and Policies Committee. She was named a U.S. representative to the G-7 Round Table of Business Leaders to the 1995 G-7 Information Society Conference in Brussels, Belgium.

Founded in 1958, the NFAIS is a membership organization of more than

50 leading information publishers, producers, and providers. Its purpose is to serve the world's information community through education, research, and publication.