Program: Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals

2.4.16 –

Sarah P’s comments:  Thanks to librarian Ray Pun for letting me know about this upcoming summer study opportunity.  FYI: he attended this program in 2009 and eventually went on to work internationally. It is classed as ‘continuing education’ and the program fee is $3,350 which covers accommodation and meals but not airfare. There are small scholarships available but only for URI students.


Dear Colleagues,

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce its continuing Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals Program.

GSLIS will offer again Global Information Services (LSC 518) taught by Professor Yan Ma in the summer of 2016. The dates are: June 14 to June 25, 2016. The course will provide students with an opportunity to travel to China to study libraries and information services from ancient to modern times, film studios and film academies, media outlets, and digital archives of visual information.  Such academic institutions in 5 major cities in China include:

Peking University and its Library
The National Library of China
Beijing Film Academy
Shanghai Theatre Academy
Academic, Public, and Special libraries
Hendian, the world’s largest film studio
Meeting with famous Chinese film directors
Cultural tours in each city
And more.

Participants from LIS studies, film majors, communication studies, and other interested students are welcome to take this course. Registration is open to non-URI students as well. The course can be taken either for academic credit (as a 3-credit course, LSC 518) or on a non-credit basis. All are asked to attend all class sessions and academic tours in China. Students getting 3 credits for the course will also complete a research paper after the course ends.

The deadline for application is April 1, 2016. The full payment will be due on May 15, 2016. For more information on the curriculum specific to the Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals Program, please visit the Website:

Or, contact:

Ms. Kelly Watts
Office of International Education
University of Rhode Island
37 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

  1. 401-874-2019

Professor Yan Ma, Director of the China Program at URI-GSLIS
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
University of Rhode Island
94 West Alumni Avenue
Kingston, RI 02881  USA
Tel: 401-874-2819
Fax: 401-874-4964

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