Register now for the Summer Seminar to London

December 14, 2011

Big BenThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL) invite you on a journey to the literary, academic and cultural capital of England by attending our international summer seminar entitled, "British Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future." The 2012 seminar will be offered May 20, 2012 - June 2, 2012.

This two-week summer seminar offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of libraries and librarianship in Great Britain.  The seminar will be held in London, one of the most historic and dynamic cities in the world, and will feature lectures and presentations at UCL as well as tours of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in England.

This international seminar is open to all students and professionals, not just SILS students. Librarians at all stages of their careers have found our summer seminars enjoyable and worthwhile and are welcome to participate. Students enrolled in a library science program can take the seminar for three (3) hours of graduate credit.

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 London participants will tour behind the scenes at the British Library, the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum (including its library) and the Wellcome Library (including the History of Medicine Collection). Visits will be made to other types of libraries and there will be presentations from experts in the field of librarianship in Great Britain. There will also be guided tours of UCL and the Bloomsbury area of London. 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 UNC campus in London and where some of the lectures and presentations will take place. Winston House is located around the corner from the British Museum in Bedford Square, the oldest remaining complete Georgian garden square in the city.

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 advisor to all participants taking the course for credit.

"The London Summer Seminar was one of the best experiences of my life; integrating all the top aspects of many types of librarianship, and the joys of being with other enthusiastic librarians in one of the best cities in the world. Not only do you get to visit the birthplace of libraries, but you are immersed into another way of life... British style. You will not want to leave the city or the friends you make here!"   
The London Summer Seminar was a fabulous experience. I got to live in the heart of literary London for two weeks, and get behind-the-scenes peeks into world-renowned libraries and museums that I never would have been able to see as a tourist. It was also a great way to see what kind of career doors my MLS could open for me, as I got to meet and talk to a wide array of archivists, catalogers, curators, historians, and, of course, librarians throughout the trip. And, as a student who is getting her MLS online, the seminar was an especially fun way to interact with other library students and professional librarians, and to get a hands-on look at the many different ways libraries are run. I only wish the seminar had been longer, because I had such a great time!

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If you have questions not answered on the Web site, please contact the SILS office at  919.962.8366.

Register today! This is a popular seminar and fills up fast!!