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Dec. 18, 2006 -- No. 605

UNC school offers seminars to librarians,
others, in Oxford, Prague, Slovenia

The UNC School of Information and Library Science has opened registration for its 2007 international summer seminars, scheduled in Oxford, England; Prague, Czech Republic; and Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia.

The seminars can be taken for academic credit or on a non-credit basis. Librarianship is the main theme, but the seminars are open to anyone who would like to participate.

Dr. Barbara Moran, a professor and director of international programs in the school, said that participants learn first-hand about libraries in a different culture. They gain a global perspective on issues facing libraries around the world and come to appreciate that librarians everywhere are linked in a global community of information provision, she said.

The Oxford seminar, "Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future," will be from May 13-26, offered through a partnership between the UNC school and the University of Oxford. Participants study librarianship in Great Britain at Oxford's Bodleian Library. Tours of many of the Oxford College libraries, the Oxford University Press and the British Library are included. Registration is due by March 1.

"Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic," from May 27 to June 9 in Prague, will take participants to libraries and facilities at central Europe's oldest university, Charles University, founded in 1348. Lectures will provide an overview of libraries across the country; participants will tour libraries and other cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. Registration is due by March 15.

"Libraries and Librarianship on the Sunny Sides of the Alps," June 3 -16 in Slovenia, will include tours of libraries and museums, rafting trips and guided tours of the Ljubljana Castle and the Postojna Cave. The UNC school partners with the University of Ljubljana's Department of Library Science, Information Science and Book Studies to offer the seminar. Registration is due by March 15.

One past participant in the school's international seminars, Jane Kokotkiewicz, is a library media coordinator in Indianapolis. She said her trip to Slovenia offered the perfect mix of library visits, education and sight-seeing: "I was able to connect with a high school librarian in Ljubljana, and together we are planning a literature exchange between our student book clubs. I am looking forward to introducing this wonderful country to my students."

The registration process is first-come, first-served. For details, costs and registration forms, visit http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/.

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Race commentator and academic to deliver
26th annual MLK lecture at Memorial Hall

Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, a leading voice on American race relations, will deliver the 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Memorial Hall's Beasley-Curtis Auditorium.

The 26th annual address is part of a weeklong celebration of King's life and legacy sponsored by the Chancellor's Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. A dozen programs and events are scheduled from Jan. 14-19. For a complete listing, visit www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk/schedule.html. West is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University and has been described as one of America's most vital and eloquent public intellectuals. He has taught at Yale and Harvard universities, Union Theological Seminary and the University of Paris.

He has written 17 books on topics including race, culture, religion and philosophy in America. His latest is "Democracy Matters" (The Penguin Group, 2005). With his appearances in and commentary on the "Matrix" movie trilogy, West continues to explore new avenues for teaching and communicating.

For more information, contact the UNC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962 or diversity@unc.edu.

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