The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and University College London invite you to attend
the inaugural offering of a new summer seminar: British Libraries and
Librarianship: Past, Present and Future. The seminar will be held between
May 16th and 29th, 2010.

This two-week summer seminar offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth view
of libraries and librarianship in Great Britain. Participants may also earn
three hours of graduate credit for attending.

The seminar will be held in London, one of the most historic and dynamic
cities in the world, and will feature lectures, presentations and 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 addition to the libraries at Oxford and Cambridge, participants will
visit the British Library, the National Archive, the Imperial War Museum
(including its library) and the Wellcome Library (including the History of
Medicine Collection). Visits will also be made to other types of libraries
including public libraries and a newspaper digitization project.

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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s “campus” in London.
Winston House is located around the corner from the British Museum in
Bedford Square, “the oldest remaining complete Georgian garden square in
the city.” Many of the lectures will take place there.

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 Seminar program is open to all students and professionals, not
just students at UNC at Chapel Hill. Librarians at all stages of their
careers are welcome to participate.

All participants will be housed in the Janet Poole House, a Georgian
townhouse conveniently located close to both the Winston House and UCL.
Housing will be provided in studio apartments with kitchens and sitting
areas. The Janet Poole House is in the center of Bloomsbury near public
transportation and a variety of restaurants. Cost of the accommodations is
included in the price of the seminar.

The registration fee for participants covers housing, instruction, a few
meals, transportation to Oxford and Cambridge and a basic travel card for
transportation on the London public transportation system (bus,
underground, and light rail) within the city. Other meals, transportation
from the airport to the Janet Poole House, additional local transportation
fees and airfare to and from the seminar are not included. Each participant
is responsible for organizing his or her flights to and from London.

The price for this seminar is:

• Shared accommodation (roommate): $3,500

• Participant plus guest: $6,250

A guest is defined as someone who accompanies you on the trip (usually a
spouse) and shares a room with you but does not participate in any of the
instructional sessions and most tours.

If you are interested in a single room, we may be able to provide one.
Please get in touch with Michael Penny ( for more

If you intend to take this course for credit, the UNC Cashier’s Office will
bill you separately for approximately $250.

Payment is accepted by check or by Visa or MasterCard credit card.

To register, please fill in the online form (under “Registration” at:

A monetary penalty will be charged to those cancelling their registrations.

• Cancellation requests received on or before March 1: $50 cancellation
• Requests received March 2 – March 31: 30% penalty.
• Requests received April 1 – May 15: 60% penalty.
• Requests received after May 15: no refund.

The seminar is available for 3 hours of graduate credit from 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.

Please indicate your wish to enroll for credit on your registration form.
The UNC at Chapel Hill Cashier’s Office will bill you approximately $250.
Contact the SILS program coordinator if your institution requires further
information about the course.

Please direct any questions about the program to Michael Penny via e-mail
at or by calling 919-962-8366.


  1. 1LIS ftw

    Na, das ist doch ein tolles Angebot. Mit einem Mitreisenden (Ehemann) und dem Aufschlag von schlappen 250 Dollar fürs Ausstellen eines Credit werten Scheins kommt man auf glatte 6500 Dollar.

    Plus Flug: 700 Dollar.

    Plus Getränke: 300 Dollar

    7500 Dollar. Dafür dass man Bibliotheken besuchen darf und gaaanz viel Freizeit hat. Und die Wochenenden frei, juche.

    Und dafür bekommt man immerhin den Credit Gegenwert von 3 Stunden. Ein Stundenlohn von knapp 2500 Dollar für 1 Stunde SILS Studium.

    Wieviel müsste ich wohl im Lotto gewinnen, um mein 7500-Stunden-Studium nur mit Bibliotheksbesuchen zu verdienen? Wieviel um den Master mit meinem spouse auch gleich noch dranzuhängen.

    Und wie hoch wäre meine Reputation, wenn man bedenkt, dass ich ja immer auch ein research paper schreiben muss, für jeden Trip eines? Ich wäre die Königin der Bibliothekswissenschaften.

    Vielleicht sollte ich auch meinen Dispo endlich mal anfassen, ist ja eine Investition in meine Zukunft! Und die ALL CAPS ÜBERSCHRIFT ist ja auch fast schon ein Befehl, ein leichtes “Na, du Prekarioprolet, du wirst doch wohl nicht NICHT hinfahren, oder?” schlägt mir da zaunpfählig ins Gesicht.

  2. Wirklich gut und detailliert dargestellt, da kommt man echt auf die Idee mal wieder im Sommer nach London zu jetten… muss aber noch fett sparen um das zu finanzieren :(

  3. 3Kathrin

    Es ist teuer, aber sicherlich auch eine tolle Erfahrung, was hier aufeinander trifft ist das amerikanische und das deutsche Ausbildungsdenken – in Amerika ist es normal für seine “Lehrerfahrungen” zu bezahlen in Deutschland nicht. Das ist keine Bewertung meinerseits (Thema: Geldelite etc.) sondern einfach Fakt.
    700$ kostet aber kein Flug nach London, die gibts schon für um die 50€ – 100€ und Wasser gibts für 8 pence pro 2l Flasche in London… :)

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