Books in Barcelona – Examining Library Science in Spain


Open to UNC students, non-UNC students, and working professionals

We are very excited to offer this brand new two-week summer seminar which offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of libraries and librarianship in Barcelona. Lectures and site visits will be arranged by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad). Barcelona is their largest Center and they specialize in customized programs. The seminar includes tours of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in Barcelona, and is open to all students and professionals, not just students at UNC's School of Information and Library Science (SILS). 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 (additional information below).

2020 Participants will be accompanied by SILS Professor Maggie Melo. Maggie's research specialization resides at the intersection of innovation, critical maker culture, and the development of equitable and inclusive collaborative learning spaces (e.g. makerspaces) in academic libraries. Her work has appeared in portal: Libraries and the Academy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online. She co-founded the University of Arizona’s first publicly accessible and interdisciplinary makerspace – iSpace – and strategically facilitated its growth from a 400-square-foot room in the Science-Engineering Library to a 5,000-square-foot facility soon to be housed in the University’s Main Library. Maggie is also a serial maker! She enjoys embedding circuits into things, additive and subtractive fabrication, dabbling with AI, digital world making, and more. She is also the founder of the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon, the Southwest’s first women’s-only hackathon. 

A mosaic wall overlooking Barcelona.


The schedule for Barcelona is currently in the works but we are look at the Archives of the Crown of Aragon, the University Library of the University of Barcelona, Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya, Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya, and the Biblioteca Arús. Some free time will be built into the program so that participants can explore Barcelona and surrounding areas and visit other libraries and cultural institutions of their choice. The weekend will be free so participants can visit places of interest!


The seminar will take place in Barcelona. Barcelona has a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras, from Egyptian mummies to contemporary works of art. Additionally, Barcelona is a city by the sea with wide beaches with fine, golden sand and shallow waters. They have become one of the biggest recreational hotspots for locals and visitors alike and have excellent amenities and services. Additionally, most of the people who live in Barcelona are bilingual! If you see something something that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask, people will be only too happy to help as many people from Barcelona understand English! 


IES Abroad will arrange housing for participants in a student hotel. Kitchen facilities and Internet is included. Students will be in a single bedroom. 

Cost and Registration

Register Here! The registration deadline: March 8, 2020. The seminars tend to fill quickly. We encourage early registration to avoid disappointment. 

The cost for the 2020 seminar: $3700.

The registration fee for participants covers:

Guilded Walking Tour and Welcome Dinner
Instruction and lectures
Visits and Tours
Transportation Passes
24/7 Emergency Support 
Full-Trained Local Staff

What's not included? Program cost does not include airfare to or from the US, airport transfer, and most meals. Flights are to be booked separately and individually. For safety purposes, all participants are required to have a working cell phone during their time abroad. The cost of a phone or international plan is not included in the program cost. Payment can only be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).   

The seminar is available for three (3) hours of graduate credit from UNC 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 advisor (faculty lead) on the program. If you are not a UNC SILS student, it will be your responsibility to ensure the course can count for credit at your home institution/department. Please indicate your wish to enroll for credit when you register. If you decide to take the seminar for credit, an additional $300 (approx.) will be billed to you by the UNC Cashier. 

While the seminar tends to fill quickly, you are not advised to purchase airfare until registration has been finalized in order to ensure that minimum attendance has been reached. If you need to purchase your plane ticket prior to the registration deadline, or if you have additional questions, please contact Shirley Parker

Cancellation policy

A monetary penalty will be charged to those cancelling their registrations. Cancellation requests received on or before January 31: 20% penalty. Requests received between February 1 and February 15: 60% penalty. Requests received after Feb 15: no refund.