Spring trip to Oxford, England, offers opportunity to study at world-renowned Bodleian Library

Release date: 
January 1, 1998

Chapel Hill, NC — This May the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the University of Oxford's world-renowned Bodleian Library and the Department for Continuing Education will offer an opportunity to study the history of librarianship at one of the great library centers of the world.

"Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future," is a two-week seminar that will trace the Bodleian Library's past and chart the future of information and technology. Participants may earn three hours of graduate credit from UNC at Chapel Hill's SILS for attending this seminar, which runs from May 17 to 30, 1998.

In their sixth year of partnership on "Libraries and Librarianship," two of the oldest universities in their respective countries - UNC at Chapel Hill and Oxford University - have teamed up to provide a comprehensive survey of librarianship in England. Participants learn about academic libraries and librarianship in Britain as well as trends and developments in library automation in Britain and Europe. Areas such as preservation, conservation and collection development policies are presented from both the Oxford and British national viewpoints.

This is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students in the field of information and library science to discuss trends in academic librarianship and to meet professional peers from around the world. Past participants have included corporate librarians, special collection librarians, graduate students and retired librarians.

The series of presentations is supplemented by visits to the Bodleian Library, some Oxford College libraries, the City of Oxford Central Library and to the headquarters of Oxford University Press and Blackwell's, the booksellers.

The Bodleian Library is one of the greatest libraries for advanced study and research in the world. It is one of the British libraries of legal deposit or copyright libraries, and now holds more than six million items. The Bodleian annually attracts thousands of researchers who come to use resources found only within its walls.

"For anyone interested in archives and history, this is the trip of a lifetime," said Dr. Helen Tibbo, associate professor and associate dean at SILS and the 1997 academic director for the Oxford trip.

The 1998 academic director is Dr. Evelyn Daniel, professor and former dean at SILS. Daniel's current teaching and research focus is information resources management, organization theory, special librarianship and school librarianship. She serves SILS as Coordinator of the School Library Program and as advisor to the student chapter of the North Carolina Special Libraries Association.

All registrations must be postmarked on or before March 31, 1998. Registration is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

The School of Information and Library Science is home to approximately 250 graduate students, 60 undergraduates and 19 full-time faculty members. It prepares students to work with computer information systems and networks or for careers in library administration, acquisitions, collections management and other aspects of library work. The school offers master's degrees in information science and library science, a certificate of advanced study, a doctor of philosophy in information and library science and an undergraduate minor in information systems.