Barbara Wildemuth, 919-962-8072, email@example.com
This course is a two-week summer seminar which provides an intensive introduction for library science students and professionals to all aspects of librarianship in the Czech Republic. The course features lectures and tours both in Prague, the Czech capital, and in outlying towns within the country. Students will become familiar with libraries of many types, including public, academic, special and monastic, and will also visit archives and museums relating to librarianship.
This seminar is provided in partnership with the faculty of the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at Charles University, the oldest LIS institution in the Czech Republic. The UISK pages containing information about the seminar will be available soon. They will contain information about arrivals and practical matters, as well as links to information about some of the out-of-Prague destinations on our schedule.
The seminar, which has been offered since 2002, is available for academic credit through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participants may earn 3 hours of graduate credit for attending and completing all class requirements.
Details in seminar announcement
May 15, Sunday: Welcome/orientation meeting, 8:00pm, hotel lobby
May 16, Monday: Prague city tour ; Vltava river cruise
May 17, Tuesday: National Library of the Czech Republic; Klementinum; Parliamentary Library
May 18, Wednesday: Lectures at UISK; Visit to the Libri Prohibiti
May 19, Thursday: Kromeriz Public Library; Chateau Library of the Kromeriz Palace; Archepiscopal wine cellars; Gardens
May 20, Friday: Municipal Library of Prague
May 23, Monday: Zlata Koruna Monastery; Cesky Krumlov
May 24, Tuesday: Nostic Palace Library; Strahov Monastery Library
May 25, Wednesday: Old Carolinum; National Library of Technology (NTK)
May 26, Thursday: Hradec Kralove Library; Walk in Prachov Rocks
May 27, Friday: Vysehrad Castle; Certificate Ceremony at Academy of Sciences; Farewell dinner
The objectives of the class are to enable the students to:
Prior to arriving in Prague, each participant should read:
These readings will provide the context for the course.
The class will be conducted as a seminar. The active participation of all class members is expected. Each student will be expected to attend all lectures and tours. In addition, each student will independently study some aspect of Czech librarianship in depth and will write a seminar paper which will be graded by the UNC instructor. Guidance in writing this paper may be provided both by the UNC instructor and by the faculty at Charles University. The seminar paper should be 15-20 (double-spaced) pages in length with the topic to be selected according to the student’s interest, with the approval of the UNC instructor. The paper should not be purely descriptive but should be analytical and discuss and explain the topic, address controversies in the area, and reach normative conclusions and/or make recommendations about the topic under discussion. The paper should reflect familiarity with the important literature in the area, an understanding of the various sides to the issue or problem under consideration and the development of defensible conclusions and/or recommendations.
The seminar will also be supported by a Sakai course site. All registered students and seminar participants will have access to the resources (including communication tools and a wiki) available in the site.
Baughman McDowell, Kelci. (2016). Institutional Repositories in the Czech Republic.
Bruce, Allyssa. (2014). Czech Librarianship.
Ellis, Sally. (2013). A Survey of Czech and U.S. Parliamentary Libraries.
Gwilym, Linda. (2014). E-Government in the Czech Republic.
Kelly, Debra. (2016). The New Generation of Czech Citizens: Their Perceptions of Libraries in a Democratic Nation.
Minor, Jennie. (2013). Reading as Refuge during World War II: A Discussion of the Theresienstadt Ghetto Central Library.
Seifert, Julie. (2014). National Digital Libraries in the Czech Republic and the United States.
Grades will be assigned according to the grading system of the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The grades used are:
H High Pass
L Low Pass
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has had a student-administered honor system and judicial system for over 100 years. Because academic honesty and the development and nurturing of trust and trustworthiness are important to all of us as individuals, and are encouraged and promoted by the honor system, this is a most significant University tradition. The system is the responsibility of students and is regulated and governed by them, but faculty members share the responsibility and readily recommit themselves to its ideals. If students in this class have questions about their responsibility under the honor code, please bring them to the instructor or consult with the Office of the Dean of Students or the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance. This document contains all policies and procedures pertaining to the student honor system. Your full participation and observance of this important aspect of the University is encouraged and expected.
The UNC honor system governs both academic conduct and other conduct affecting people or property. In the context of this seminar, it is expected that each student will adhere to the code's standards for academic integrity (section II.B. of the Instrument); in particular, each student's seminar paper should be the product of that student's individual work. Questions about these standards should be addressed to the UNC instructor. In addition, because the seminar is conducted in an international context, each student is expected to behave in ways that contribute to a positive academic experience for all participants.
The INLS 890-976 website, UNC-CH, 2016, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Address all comments and questions to Barbara M. Wildemuth at firstname.lastname@example.org.This page was last modified on July 12, 2017, by Barbara M. Wildemuth.