Information Studies


DIS UNC Librarianship Summer School

(in association with UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Studies)

20th May - 31st May 2019

Above: a previous group on the terrace at the Judge Business School Library in Cambridge

DIS (the Department of Information Studies) is proud to announce its tenth annual summer school programme on librarianship in collaboration with UNC SILS.

The course is organised by Andy Dawson of DIS working collaboratively with UNC SILS, and with teaching input from senior staff of DIS and senior UK professionals in the field.

Classroom sessions will be held in the Foster Court building at UCL in room G31, unless indicated otherwise. All presentations, whether at UCL or on visits, will leave time for questions and interaction. The ambience will be informal but at the same time conducive to a serious learning experience.

Useful links:

- Google map of locations relevant to the summer school

· Page of useful resources for summer school students

We look forward to welcoming you to DIS and UCL for the Summer School!

University College London has recently been ranked as the fourth most important institution of higher education in the world and is known as "London's global university". DIS is the top-ranked library school in the UK and is home to a number of important research centres such as The Centre for Digital Humanities, the Centre for Publishing, and ICARUS.

Schedule for the 2019 UNC Summer School

Sun 19

14.00-16.00 Walking tour of Bloomsbury - pick up from Mentone Hotel (Paul Guest, Blue Badge Guides)      

Mon 20

9.00 Coffee & pastries in G31 Foster Court: welcome, introductions and admin

10.00 Access card issue and orientation        

11.00 LIS sectors in the UK  (Charlie Inskip)

Afternoon free

17.30 - 19.00 Welcome reception

Tue 21

09.30 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court

10.00 - 12.30 Libraries in the UK; history, development and resources (Gudrun Warren, Norwich Cathedral Librarian, and  David Pearson, retired Director of Culture, Libraries and Heritage at the City of London Corporation)

13.30 meet at Foster Court G31 to walk to British Library. BL guided tours will be in TWO groups of 10, commencing from the BL foyer at 14.00 and 14.15

Wed 22 Day trip to Cambridge

07.45 board minicoach at Mentone hotel

10.00 - 11.30 visit to  SPRI (Peter Lund)

12.00-12.30 short walk through Central Cambridge (Andy Dawson) 12.30 - 13.00 visit Wren Library

13.15 lunch at the Bath House    

14.15 - 15.30 Free to explore Cambridge Market etc

15.30 - 17.00 visit to Judge Business School Library (Andrew Alexander)

17.00 board coach to return to London

Thu 23  

09.00 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court

09.30 -12.30 digitisation issues (TBC: Nora McGregor, Simon Mahony, + rep from UCL Special Collections)

13.30 Meet at Foster Court to travel to London Metropolitan Archives (15.00 -16.30, David Luck)    

Fri 24    

9.00 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court

9.30 -12.30  Group discussion session. Short presentations on student research at UCL DIS (Helena Hollis, Bethany Johnstone) followed by a seminar/general discussion panel to answer issues raised by the group.  Panel: Andy Dawson,  Oliver Duke-Williams, Diana Edmonds, Rebecca Gediking, Anna Vernon (JISC), Sarah Aitcheson (UCL Special Collections, 10-11 only)

13.30  Meet at Foster Court to travel to Middle Temple Library (14.30 - 16.00, Harpreet Dhillon/Renae Sattersley)

Sat-Sun-Mon Bank Holiday Weekend                      


Optional social event Saturday 25th 2pm BBQ at Andy's House (with a few other students, staff and friends)!   

Tue 28  

9.00 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court

10.15 - 12.00 Visit to BFI Southbank Reuben library & Mediatheque (Iraxte Gardoqui & Ian O'Sullivan)           

13.30  Meet at G31 to walk to Wellcome Trust for 14.00  visit to Library & collections  (Tracy Tillotson/Danny Rees)

Wed 29 Day trip to Oxford (Anthony Watkinson)

Depart Mentone 0645  to pick up Oxford X90 coach at Marylebone at c. 0730, arrive Oxford c.0900 

9.30 Guided tour of Bodleian library

11.00 visit to Blackwells Bookshop

12.00 Lunch at the Kings Arms

13.30 Visit to Oxford University Press and Museum   

15.30 Free choice visit (we recommend the FitzWiliam Museum)

Return home at leisure at any time on X90 coach (regular service day and night)

Thu 30  

9.00 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court.

Travel to Kew for

11.00 -12.00 visit to The National Archive (Kirsty McKenzie)

14.00 - 15.00 visit Royal Botanical Society Library & Archive (Craig Brough)

15.00 visit Kew Botanical Gardens and return at leisure     

Fri 31    

9.00 Coffee and biscuits in G31 Foster Court. 

Travel to Kensington for

10.15 - 11.15 visit to the National Art Library  (Frances Willis)

11.15 onwards: free to visit V&A, Natural History Museum, Science Museum etc. as desired: return at leisure

18.30 Farewell dinner and presentations at Spaghetti House, Goodge Street