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UNC SILS International Programs: London, Prague, and Berlin

Submitted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (UNC SILS) is providing 3 unique summer seminars. Two seminars are targeted towards those who are majoring in Library Science and 1 seminar is specifically for Information Science majors.

Registration deadline: March 8, 2019

Join the School of Information and Library Science in London, Prague, or Berlin during summer 2019! Programs offer students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding in a global context while offering unique, hands-on experience. Look behind the scenes at libraries throughout England or the Czech Republic, or explore the inner workings of global corporations and start-ups in Germany. In a time when we are shifting to an increasingly borderless world, our programs offer both students and professionals an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of library or information science in a global context.

All seminars are available for 3 hours of credit from UNC SILS. Seminars are open to UNC undergraduate and graduate students, non-UNC graduate students, as well as practicing professionals.  Seminars are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and they tend to fill quickly. Early registration is encouraged. Questions can be directed to Shirley Parker, Programs Officer,

**Note from Faculty of Information Student Services: If you intend to use this as credit towards your program, it is required that you obtain pre-approval. Submit the Course Pre-authorization (Prior to an Opportunity Abroad) form to Student Services, along with supporting documentation required for an external course, for review. **

London: May 19-June 1

The London Summer Seminar offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of libraries and librarianship in Great Britain. Lectures and site visits will be arranged by the faculty of University College London’s (UCL’s) Department of Information Studies, the largest and one of the most highly ranked LIS Schools in the United Kingdom. The seminar also includes tours of cultural heritage institutions in England.

Prague: May 19- June 1

Prague offers lectures and tours related to librarianship in a country that deals with a history of monarchy, empire, Communism, and the meeting of east and west. Participants experience firsthand how the democratization of the Czech Republic, formerly a communist state, has affected the accessibility of information. The program is offered in partnership with Charles University.

Berlin: May 20-May 30

The Berlin Summer Seminar is specifically targeted for IS majors/minors and focuses on the ways information gathering, dissemination, privacy, and security affect business. By participating in business visits, students will closely examine the juxtaposition between multinational tech companies and the entrepreneurial start-up scene. The program provides an excellent avenue for career exploration. This program is partnered with Humboldt University.

If you have any questions about any of the seminars please contact Shirley Parker, Programs Officer, by e-mail:

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