Register Now for SILS' Summer Seminars to London and Prague

January 23, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) invites you on a journey to the literary, academic and cultural capitols of London, England and Prague, Czech Republic by attending one of these international summer seminars for 2012.

The two-week summer seminars offer an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of libraries and librarianship in the world's most historic  places. Registration is open to all students and professionals, not just UNC at Chapel Hill students. Librarians and information science folks 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 receive three (3) hours of graduate credit for the seminar. The deadline for registering is March 1, 2012, but don’t delay. These seminars fill up fast!

The London Summer Seminar

“British Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future,” is the title of the 2012 seminar that will be offered May 20, 2012 - June 2, 2012 by SILS and the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL).  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. 
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 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!"

                                                                          - London summer seminar participant
For more details or to register, please visit:

The Prague Summer Seminar

Since 2002, SILS and Prague's Charles University offer a chance to journey to the heart of the Czech Republic. Entitled "Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic," participants in this program will enjoy lectures and tours related to librarianship in this culturally and academically rich country (that deals with a history of monarchy, empire, Communism and the meeting of east and west). The 2012 program will be offered May 20 - June 2, 2012.

A series of presentations is supplemented by a walking tour of the Old Town, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square; a bus tour of historic Prague, including Mala Strana, Nove Mesto, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter; visits to the Klementinum (National Library), the town of Kromeriz to see a castle library, the Parliament Library and a tour of Strahov Monastery and its libraries. There is also ample free time to allow participants to explore on their own or to travel further afield in the Czech Republic or other nearby countries.

"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!"
                                                                                 - Prague summer seminar participant

To register, or to learn more about the summer seminar in Prague, visit:

If you have questions not answered on the Web site, please contact Kaitlyn Murphy at 919.962.0288.
These popular seminars are open on a first come, first served basis. Register today!