From College Park to St. Petersburg: Internationalization of Education of Librarians, case study of the University of Maryland
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In the Summer of 2012 a University of Maryland course, LBSC729: International Opportunities in Information Studies, went to St. Petersburg with two instructors, one assistant and thirteen graduate students majoring in Information and Library Sciences, to immerse American library science students in the libraries and other cultural institutions of Russia. They met with librarians, students, educators and even Russian readers; saw the interworking of different libraries and archives in Russia, including national, public, academic, and children libraries, enjoyed museums, performances and other places of cultural heritage. Why is this important? What does it take to organize such a course? Who benefits? This paper will talk about the thinking and process behind the development, implementation and future of this course, and its implications on international librarianship.