UNC Chapel Hill SILS International Summer Seminars -application deadline: March 1, 2018


UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science

International Summer Seminars 2018

March 1st deadline!

Join the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC Chapel Hill in Prague, London, or Dublin and Berlin during summer 2018! 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 and Ireland. Our programs offer both students and professionals an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of information or library science in a global context.

WHO? You! Undergraduates, graduates, UNC students, non-UNC students, and professionals are all welcome and eligible to enroll. Know someone who might be interested? Send them this email!

WHAT? International seminars allowing you to study information science or library science in a global context: 2 weeks of organized tours and activities led by SILS faculty and faculty at our partner iSchools abroad. The course is worth 3 hours of UNC credit. With approval from your home institution, you can transfer the course and count it toward your degree. (More information and sample syllabi on each program page below.)

WHEN? Summer Session I: Late May – early June. (Dublin/Berlin runs May 28 – June 12, 2018; Prague or London run May 20 – June 2, 2018.)

WHY? Deepen your knowledge of the information professions, earn 3 hours of credit toward your degree, and spend your summer seeing part of the world!

All seminars offer a unique, behind-the-scenes, hands-on experience. Participants generally have evenings and weekends free to explore on their own.

Our 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 Kaitlyn Murphy, SILS International Programs Coordinator, kmurphy@unc.edu; detailed information on cost, program activities, and schedules can be found in the links below.


Dublin/Berlin Seminar
May 28 – June 12, 2018
Our only multi-city seminar focuses on the ways information gathering, dissemination, privacy, and security affect business. While being immersed in the culture of two fascinating European cities, the program allows you the opportunity to see successful corporations through business visits, and you’ll also have an opportunity to network.  By participating in business visits, students will closely examine the juxtaposition between multinational tech companies and the entrepreneurial start-up scene. Berlin visits include: Deutsche Bank Innovation LabMicrosoft AcceleratorSpoonflowerSAP and SAP’s Data Space, and Chaos Computer Club. Dublin visits include: SageGoogle, the Guinness Enterprise Center, and more! (Schedule subject to change.) The program provides ample time for networking and serves as an excellent avenue for career exploration. No language requirement.


Click here to learn more and register for Dublin/Berlin


Prague Seminar
May 20 – June 2, 2018
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. No language requirement.


Click here to learn more and register for Prague


London Seminar
May 20 – June 2, 2018
This program 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 includes tours of cultural heritage institutions in England, and day trips to Oxford and Cambridge.


Click here to learn more and register for London