According to the SILS description, this seminar covers ...

Selected topics in public library services, systems, networks, and their management. Current issues are emphasized, along with the interests of the participants.

This will be less a "how-to" seminar and more a "why" seminar. There are no pat answers, but there are topics that deserve wide-ranging exploration.

We will spend most of our time discussing topics related to the subject. Our first few weeks will be spent thinking about why the public library exists, what its milieu is, and how the librarianship profession has related to it. Our goal will be to develop a nuanced understanding of the public library as an institution, a big picture appreciation of the concept, which will lead into a more fine-grained introduction to issues of concern to public libraries today.

The remaining seminars will be devoted to topics of your choosing. Each of you will determine a topic relating to public libraries that you are interested in and wish to explore in a seminar setting. You will select the readings and plan to lead the discussion. If individuals share a session, each person will be expected to lead a part of the shared seminar. If more than one of you wants to work together in a team, the time the team will lead a seminar will expand accordingly.

Depending on the schedule, we may have some guest speakers join us. But we may also use our Wednesdays for Zoom "road trips" to local public libraries, to discuss the reality of the setting with those working there. You all may also wish to use your seminar sessions to take us all somewhere virtually.

OVERVIEW Readings Accessibility CAPS Title IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards


There is no required text for this class. Readings in the framing sessions will be provided to you.

As we see the direction that the seminar will go, we will add readings in advance of, and tied to the topics of, appropriate seminars.

All readings will also be made available to you via Sakai.

Overview READINGS Accessibility CAPS Title IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards


Reasonable Accomodations

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in barriers to fully accessing University courses, programs and activities.

Accommodations are determined through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Service (ARS) for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. See the ARS Website for contact information: or email

If you feel this will apply to you, feel free to discuss it with the instructor.

Overview Readings ACCESSIBILITY CAPS Title IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards


Counseling And Psychological Services

CAPS is strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of a diverse student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services, whether for short or long-term needs.

Go to their website: or visit their facilities on the third floor of the Campus Health Services building for a walk-in evaluation to learn more.

Overview Readings Accessibility CAPS Title IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards



Any student who is impacted by discrimination, harassment, interpersonal (relationship) violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, or stalking is encouraged to seek resources on campus or in the community.

Please contact the Director of Title IX Compliance (Adrienne Allison –, Report and Response Coordinators in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (, Counseling and Psychological Services (confidential), or the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (; confidential) to discuss your specific needs.

Additional resources are available at

Overview Readings Accessibility CAPS TITLE IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards


What it means to us

Faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill adhere to their Code of Student Conduct.

We can learn much from each other and we will do that. I expect each of you to help each other.

We'll discuss what we expect in terms of cooperative, collaborative, shared work and the honor code.

Honor Code

It shall be the responsibility of every student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code, which prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing when these actions involve academic processes or University, student or academic personnel acting in an official capacity.

Campus Code

It shall be the further responsibility of every student to abide by the philosophy of the code; namely, to conduct oneself so as not to impair significantly the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the University community.

Faculty Responsibilities

I have a role to play as well, and I will fulfill these responsibilities.

The system rests on several central tenets:

The university community, including faculty and students, share a commitment to the pursuit of truth, and the dissemination of knowledge to succeeding generations of citizens devoted to the high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others.

These goals can only be achieved in a setting in which intellectual honesty and personal integrity are highly valued; other individuals are trusted, respected, and fairly treated; and the responsibility for articulating and maintaining high standards is widely shared.

Both students and faculty must play active roles in fostering a culture in which honor is prized and acting to remedy violations of community norms relating to academic misconduct, injuries to members of the University community, and conduct that adversely affect University operations and resources.

The principles of academic honesty, integrity, and responsible citizenship govern the performance of all academic work and student conduct at the University as they have during the long life of this institution.

Your acceptance of enrollment in the University presupposes a commitment to the principles embodied in the Code of Student Conduct and a respect for the most significant Carolina tradition.

Your reward is in the practice of these principles.

Your participation in this course comes with the expectation that your work will be completed in full observance of the Honor Code

You are encouraged to work together with your fellow students and to share knowledge and learning.

However, academic dishonesty in any form is unacceptable, because any breach in academic integrity, however small, strikes destructively at the University's life and work.

Overview Readings Accessibility CAPS Title IX HONOR CODE Diversity Community Standards


What this faculty stands for

In support of the University's diversity goals and the mission of the School of Information and Library Science, SILS embraces diversity as an ethical and societal value.

SILS believes in diversity

We broadly define diversity to include race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.

As an academic community committed to preparing our graduates to be leaders in an increasingly multicultural and global society we strive to:

  • Ensure inclusive leadership, policies and practices;
  • Integrate diversity into the curriculum and research;
  • Foster a mutually respectful intellectual environment in which diverse opinions are valued;
  • Recruit traditionally underrepresented groups of students, faculty and staff; and
  • Participate in outreach to underserved groups in the State.

The statement represents a commitment of resources to the development and maintenance of an academic environment that is open, representative, reflective and committed to the concepts of equity and fairness.

Remember, on occasion you may have felt yourself to be a member of a minority group, picked on by a majority group. Here at school, you may find those roles reversed. Do not fall prey to the temptation to use your new majority sensibility to get back at those who may have picked on you in the past, when you were in a minority group. Treating others as you would have them treat you is always a good rule to follow.

Overview Readings Accessibility CAPS Title IX Honor Code DIVERSITY Community Standards


We are all in this together.

This spring semester, while we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, all of us are required to wear a mask covering our mouth and nose at all times while inside any University building.

This requirement is to protect our educational community – all of us, your classmates and me – as we learn together. If you choose not to wear a mask, or wear it improperly, I will ask you to leave immediately, and I will submit a report to the Office of Student Conduct. At that point you will be disenrolled from this course for the protection of our educational community.

Students who have an authorized accommodation from Accessibility Resources and Service have an exception.

For additional information, see Community Standards for Facemasks.

Overview Readings Accessibility CAPS TITLE IX Honor Code Diversity Community Standards