Prague and London Summer Seminars 2016 NOW OPEN

Release date: 

November 5, 2015

Registration is now open for our summer seminars to Prague and London. These two-week seminars, scheduled for May 15-28, 2016, are open to all library and information science students (not just UNC students), as well as professionals with an interest in international librarianship. The deadline to register is MARCH 15, 2016. Early registration is encouraged!

The Prague Summer Seminar

 This summer seminar allows library professionals to explore the past, present and future of libraries and librarianship in the heart of one of the world's most remarkable, yet largely undiscovered, countries. During this two-week, residential summer program participants will enjoy lectures and tours related to librarianship in this culturally and academically rich country. Participants also experience firsthand how the democratization of the Czech Republic, formerly a communist state, has affected the accessibility of information, in both print and electronic forms. In addition to visiting libraries and museums in Prague, the group will also make trips to visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kroměříž ( and Český Krumlov ( with their historic libraries, castles and gardens. Accommodation in the center of Prague allows participants to explore this historic and absorbing capital city during the week, and the surrounding countryside during their free time on the weekends. This seminar has been offered each summer by UNC and Charles University in Prague since 2002.

To register, or to learn more about the summer seminar in Prague (including a sample schedule and a syllabus), visit here.

The London Summer Seminar

The London Summer Seminar is offered by SILS and the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), the largest and one of the most highly ranked LIS Schools in the United Kingdom. The seminar will be held in London, 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 surrounding countries, and visit other libraries and cultural institutions of their choice.

For more details (including a sample schedule and a syllabus) or to register, please visit here.

Scholarships and Funding

Baker & Taylor, a leading worldwide distributor of books, video, music and games, will offer scholarships for two lucky UNC-CH SILS students. One scholarship offered per seminar. All UNC-CH SILS students who are enrolled at the time of the seminars are invited to apply (eligible students are those who will be enrolled at SILS for fall 2016). The scholarship is only available to SILS students enrolled at UNC-CH. Contact Kaitlyn Murphy,, for the application (due December 4th). Additional funding opportunities are offered through other units at UNC and outside UNC. A collective list of those opportunities can be found here.

For students outside UNC, we encourage you to talk with your home university about possible funding. Federal funding for the summer may also be an option. This document will also have potential resources listed under “outside resources.”

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Kaitlyn Murphy, SILS International Programs Coordinator, by e-mail at These popular seminars are open on a first come, first served basis. Early registration is encouraged.