Study Abroad with DLIS

Summer 2017: Cultural Immersion for Information Professionals

Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica

Head to the Caribbean for an immersive course in intercultural competence!

This competitive study abroad program will bring students to Jamaica for a cultural experience filled with adventure, sun, and fun!  Take advantage of this once-in-a-life time opportunity, designed to help you develop the unique skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to provide the cutting edge library services that have become increasingly invaluable in the field of Information Sciences. This unique summer program provides the opportunity for you to live and learn with Jamaica as your laboratory. You will visit many of the nation’s historical and cultural landmarks, as well as selected school and public libraries.

Program dates: June 12 to June 21, 2017

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Graduate Course: LIS 271: Cultural Immersion for Information Professionals

Faculty Director: Dr. Shari Lee – email

Shari Lee is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University (SJU), Division of Library and Information Science. Dr. Lee earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and an Advanced Certificate in School Library Media from SJU.  Dr. Lee’s research considers the changing notions and physical structures of the public library as place and space. Primarily, she is concerned with how architecture and design elements affect human behavior and how this applies to the public library setting – specifically teen spaces. This was the focus of her dissertation, Teen Space: Designed for Whom? for which she won the 2011 Eugene Garfield/ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Lee was also awarded the 2015 YALSA Writing Award for best article in JRLYA, the 2014 ALISE/Norman Horrocks Leadership Award, and the Library Scholars Fellowship at UCLA in 2004.  She is also a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Program Fee: The fee for the Summer 2017 program to Jamaica is $2250, (does not include multi-city airfare, approx $500).  All participants are also responsible for summer course tuition (estimated at approximately $4000).

Program Status: Applications are now open!  Please click here for details on how to apply: Undergraduates may apply via UIS; all graduate applicants and undergraduates in dual-degree programs will need to print out a Course Option Form and meet with their advising dean or major advisor for course approval.  Visiting students may apply through our Visiting Students page.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017.

Confirmation Deadline: March 10, 2017.  For detailed instructions on how to confirm, please visit our Accepted Students page and follow the steps outlined in #3 (Confirm Your Participation)


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