The deadline for the 2011 summer seminar to Prague in the Czech Republic, offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been extended to March 31st. We have just four more openings available, so now is your opportunity to take advantage of an extraordinary international experience.  

Bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland, the Czech Republic enjoys a position in the heart of Europe. This two-week summer seminar features lectures and tours relating to librarianship in this culturally rich country.  Organized in conjunction with Charles University, central Europe's oldest university at nearly 700 years old, this seminar will give participants the chance to immerse themselves in the libraries, culture and history of Prague and the Czech Republic.

"Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic" 
Since 2002, SILS and Prague's Charles University have offered library students, professionals and those interested in librarianship a chance to journey to the heart of the Czech Republic. Entitled "Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic," participants in this program will enjoy lectures and tours related to librarianship in this culturally and academically rich country (that deals with a history of monarchy, empire, Communism and the meeting of east and west). The 2011 program will be from May 22 to June 4, 2011. 

A series of presentations is supplemented by a walking tour of the Old Town, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square; a bus tour of historic Prague, including Mala Strana, Nove Mesto, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter; visits to the Klementinum (National Library), the town of Kromeriz to see a castle library, the Parliament Library, and a tour of Strahov Monastery and its libraries. There is also ample free time to allow participants to explore on their own or to travel further afield in the Czech Republic or other nearby countries.

"The seminar in Prague was a spectacular addition to my graduate studies. With the group I was able to see libraries and books unavailable to any tourist, or through any other program. The guides were attentive and put together creative and interesting programs and tours for us. We were treated like visiting scholars and colleagues. The Czech Republic itself is a quintessentially beautiful European country and we got to see quite a lot of it. I recommend this program to anyone!"

                                                                              - Prague summer seminar participant 

For more about the summer seminar in Prague or to register, visit: 

Wanda Monroe
Director of Communications
School of Information and Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 Manning Hall, CB 3360
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-3360
Phone: 919-843-8337
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