London Seminar

March 29, 2010

The School of Information and Library Science and the Department of Information Studies, University College London invite you on a journey to the literary, academic and cultural capital of England! The seminar will be held between May 16th and 29th, 2010.

International programs are open to all students and professionals, not just students at UNC Chapel Hill. Librarians at all stages of their careers have participated and enjoyed these programs in the past and are welcome to participate.

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University College London invite you to attend the inaugural offering of a new summer seminar: British Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future. The seminar will be held between May 16th and 29th, 2010.

This two-week summer seminar offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of libraries and librarianship in Great Britain. Participants may earn three hours of graduate credit for attending.

The seminar will be held in London, one of the most historic and dynamic cities in the world, and will feature lectures at UCL, presentations and tours of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in England.

Although most of the program will take place in London, there will be day trips to visit the university libraries at both Oxford and Cambridge.

In addition to the libraries at Oxford and Cambridge, participants will visit the British Library, the National Archive, the Imperial War Museum (including its library) and the Wellcome Library (including the History of Medicine Collection). Visits will also be made to other types of libraries including public libraries and a newspaper digitization project at the National Newspaper Library.

Some free time will be built into the program so that participants can explore London and visit other libraries and cultural institutions of their choice. The weekend will be free so participants can visit places of interest in London, Great Britain, or Europe.

The seminar will take place in Bloomsbury, the academic and literary heart of London. Bloomsbury is home of University College London and the UCL Department of Information Studies, co-sponsor of the seminar. It is also the location of Winston House, an 18th century townhouse which serves as the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill’s “campus” in London. WinstonHouse is located around the corner from the British Museum in Bedford Square—"the oldest remaining complete Georgian garden square in the city." Many of the lectures will take place there.

Participants in the seminar are able to earn three hours of graduate academic credit through UNC at Chapel Hill. Lectures and site visits will be arranged by the faculty of the UCL Department of Information Studies,the largest and one of the most highly ranked LIS Schools in the United Kingdom. A UNC faculty member will accompany the group and will serve as the academic adviser to all participants taking the course for credit.

The London Seminar program is open to all students and professionals, not just students at UNC at Chapel Hill. Librarians at all stages of their careers are welcome to participate.

Any questions can be directed to Michael Penny at or 919-962-8366.

All participants will be housed in the Janet Poole House, a Georgian townhouse conveniently located close to both the Winston House and UCL. Housing will be provided in studio apartments with kitchens and sitting areas. The Janet Poole House is in the center of Bloomsbury near public transportation and a variety of restaurants.  Cost of the accommodations is included in the price of the seminar.

Cost & registration
The registration fee for participants covers housing, instruction, a few meals, transportation to Oxford and Cambridge and a basic travel card for transportation on the London public transportation system (bus, underground and light rail) within the city. Other meals, transportation from the airport to the Janet Poole House, additional local transportation fees and airfare to and from the seminar are not included (maps of transportation to UCL can be found here). Each participant is responsible for organizing his or her flights to and from London.

The price for this seminar is:

• Shared accommodation (roommate): $3,500

• Single accommodation $4400

• Participant plus guest: $6,250

A guest is defined as someone who accompanies you on the trip (usually a spouse) and shares a room with you but does not participate in any of the instructional sessions and most tours.

If you are interested in a single room, we may be able to provide one. Please get in touch with Michael Penny ( for more details.

If you intend to take this course for credit, the UNC Cashier's Office will bill you separately for approximately $250.

Payment is accepted by check or by Visa or MasterCard credit card.

To register, please fill in the online form here.

Cancellation policy
A monetary penalty will be charged to those canceling their registrations.

• Cancellation requests received on or before March 1: $50 cancellation fee.
• Requests received March 2 – March 31: 30% penalty.
• Requests received April 1 – May 15: 60% penalty.
• Requests received after May 15: no refund.

Academic Credit
The seminar is available for 3 hours of graduate credit from SILS. Participants are asked to attend all class sessions and complete a research paper after the seminar ends. Participants determine the topic of their papers in consultation with the academic adviser.

Please indicate your wish to enroll for credit on your registration form. The UNC at Chapel Hill Cashier's Office will bill you approximately $250. Contact the SILS program coordinator if your institution requires further information about the course.