SILS summer seminar to Prague now open for registration

Release date: 
December 9, 2009

Photo of PragueThe School of Information and Library Science is pleased to announce its 2010 summer international program to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Registration is open to anyone interested in being part of the seminar in Prague. This international summer seminar can either be taken for academic credit or on a non-credit basis.

“Participants learn first-hand about libraries and library service in a different culture," said Dr. Barbara B. Moran, interim dean of SILS and director of international programs. "They are able to gain a global perspective on issues facing libraries around the world and come to appreciate that librarians everywhere are linked in a global community of information provision.”

Prague, Czech Republic
Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic

Study in the Czech Republic is offered from May 23 - June 5, 2010. Participants will see the libraries and facilities at central Europe's oldest university, Charles University, which was founded in 1348. The lectures provide a broad overview of libraries across the Czech Republic and will be supplemented with tours of libraries and other cultural institutions in Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic.

The series of presentations is supplemented by:

  • Walking tour of the Old Town (Stare Mesto), Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square
  • Bus tour of historic Prague, including Mala Strana, Nove Mesto, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit to the Klementinum (National Library)
  • Visit to Kromeriz to see a castle library
  • Tour of the Parliament Library
  • Tour of Strahov Monastery and its libraries

Those who have attended the summer seminar to Prague last year offer the following quotes: photo of library in Prague

"The seminar in Prague was a spectacular addition to my graduate studies. With the group I was able to see libraries and books unavailable to any tourist, or through any other program. The guides were attentive and put together creative and interesting programs and tours for us. We were treated like visiting scholars and colleagues. The Czech Republic itself is a quintessentially beautiful European country and we got to see quite a lot of it. I recommend this program to anyone!"

“The summer seminar in Prague on Libraries and Librarianship was hands-down one of best experiences while at SILS. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn across several disciplines and interests in the library science field. This gave me a better vision of the library science field and all that it entails. It raised new interests for me and has pushed me in a different direction that I had originally planned when I first arrived to SILS. Everyone was extremely kind and open to assisting our group with anything we needed while in Prague. I felt like I made very dear friends that I will not hesitate to contact if I ever return to Prague. Also, I was able to see firsthand palace libraries, manuscript collections and special libraries that I would have never had the opportunity to see if it had not been for this program. It was rich in history and information that any budding librarian would love."

"The Prague Seminar has been in existence since 2002, and over that time a wonderful curriculum has been developed and refined to near perfection. Monday – Friday of each of the two weeks we were fully occupied, mostly with field trips within and beyond Prague, and also with lectures at Charles University. A factor that greatly enhanced the Seminar is that we always had with us at least half a dozen CZ students and faculty from the University’s library science program. We enjoyed their company immensely and of course get totally spoiled with our own personal guides and translators."

All registrations must be received by March 1, 2010. The registration process is first-come, first-served, so act quickly to reserve your spot!

For more details and to register, visit the international programs page (http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international).