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Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions of St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and a major player on the world stage politically, economically, and culturally. It is vital that American librarians and other information professionals learn more about this vast and ancient country and develop contacts and relationships in this region. In this course, you will see firsthand how Russia, formerly a communist state, is transforming access to information. Be prepared for rich cultural immersion experiences as you learn about Russia through visits to libraries and other cultural heritage institutions of St. Petersburg.THE LOCATION
The course will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Students will share double rooms at the Nevsky Bereg 93 Hotel, which is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg.  Located a five minute walk from the Ploshchad Vosstaniya Metro Station, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a daily continental breakfast.  Each room features air conditioning and a refrigerator.  All rooms come with a work desk and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.  A range of dining options can be found within a 5-minute walk of the hotel.

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You must be in good academic and judicial standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet at the top of this page for specific eligibility requirements.

Preference will be given to MLS students at the University of Maryland. Other students from similar master’s program in the U.S. and practicing librarians will be admitted on a space available basis. All non-Maryland participants must apply to the Graduate School at UMD for admission as an Advanced Special Student.

Please refer to the program cost sheet for a specific breakdown of expenses.
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  • Visits to the Russian Academy of Science Library (BAN), the National Library of Russia, and the St. Petersburg State University Library, the oldest academic institution in Russia
  • Meeting with faculty and students at library school at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts
  • Behind the scenes tour of the Hermitage Library and Museum
  • Tours of the A.S. Pushkin Children’s Library, the Mayakovsky Public Library, and the B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library
  • Trips to the Peterhof Grand Palace and Tsarskoye Selo, home of the baroque Catherine Palace and the neoclassical Alexander Palace

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • INST729R

The interdisciplinary teaching team will be led by Ann Carlson Weeks, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Information Studies. Dr. Weeks was the initiator of the Education Abroad programs in the iSchool and has taken students to Nicaragua and Germany. She was one of the creators of the International Childrens Digital Library (ICDL) and was an active member of the US State Department’s Specialist and Speakers program.

Yelena Luckert, Head of Research Services and Subject Specialist for Jewish and Slavic Studies at McKeldin Library, will be a co-instructor of the course. Luckert grew up in St. Petersburg and is a native Russian speaker. She has developed a book exchange program with the National Library of Russia and is a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Sister States Program (Office of the Secretary of State) for Leningrad Region/City of St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Natalia White, Lecturer in the College of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, graduate of Moscow State University, and 2012 iSchool MLS graduate, will also accompany the class as a translator.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the appropriate Regional Advisor in Education Abroad.

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