2020 UAlbany Discover U.S. Libraries
Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.
The UAlbany Discover U.S. Libraries Training is an exploration of library management, practice, and service. During this two-week training, you will learn about public, academic, school, special, and government libraries in the United States. You will also gain understanding of important trends in the field of library and information science. The program features lectures, hands-on exercises, and site visits in Albany, the New York State Capitol; New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. You will visit the New York State Museum, the oldest and largest state museum in the United States; and many other cultural and historical sites throughout Northeast USA
Registration Begins on December 30, 2019
This training is suitable for anyone interested in United States’ culture, information management, information science, and librarianship, especially students, faculty, administrators, librarians, and staff.
Your training will feature visits to:
- The New York State Library, Albany, New York
- The New York State Museum, Albany, New York
- Columbia University Library, Albany, New York
- The New York Public Library, New York City, New York
- The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- The Smithsonian Museums, Washington, D.C.
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- The University at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
- Local Public Libraries, Capital Region of New York State
- Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York
- Multiple Historical Landmarks Throughout New York, Massachusetts, & Washington D.C.
Your program leader and instructor will be Dr. Yu-Hui Chen, librarian and professor for the University at Albany Libraries. Dr. Chen holds three graduate degrees (M.S. in Education, M.L.S. in Library Science, and M.S. in Information Science) and a doctoral degree in Information Science from the University at Albany. She has been active in library professional associations. She served as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Eastern New York Chapter of Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) from 2008 to 2016. She has also served on the Executive Committee, Advisory Council, Scholarly Communication Committee and co-chaired the Research Committee of ACRL Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS). Currently, she co-chairs the Awards Committee of ACRL/EBSS. In 2014, Dr. Chen received the University at Albany President’s Excellence Award in Librarianship and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Librarianship. She has presented research projects pertaining to Web usability, academic library Web portals, information literacy, and international students at national and international conferences. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Libraries and the Academy, College & Research Libraries, Library & Information Science Research, and The Internet and Higher Education.
Your program advisor is Rachel Moody, Director of International Academic Partnerships and International Academic Advising. Ms. Moody is responsible for the administrative components associated with your training.
Throughout Discover U.S. Libraries, you will stay at reputable hotels in Albany, New York; New York City; Washington D.C.; and Boston, Massachusetts. Your housing is included in the program fee. Each of your hotels will include breakfast, a fitness center, wireless internet, and other amenities.
While some meals are included in the program fee, you will be responsible for most of your meals. In each of the cities, during your stay, your hotel will be located near a diverse selection of restaurants. During your time in Albany, you will also be able to eat at the University at Albany dining centers. The opening and closing reception meals are included in the program.
Transportation and admission to and from all program related venues and Albany public transportation are included in the program fee. This includes shuttle service to and from the Albany International and John F. Kennedy Airports, charter bus service to all venues related to the training and cultural excursions, air travel from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts, and unlimited access to local bus service in New York State’s capital region.
Summer 2020 Costs
The Discover U.S. Libraries Training Program Fee is $4,400. This fee includes the following:
- Hotel accommodations in Albany, New York (Breakfast Included)
- Hotel accommodations in New York City, New York (Breakfast Included)
- Hotel accommodations in Washington, D.C. (Breakfast Included)
- Hotel accommodations in Boston, Massachusetts (Breakfast Included)
- Transportation to and from the Albany International Airport and the John F. Kennedy Airport
- Local Public Transportation
- Bus and Air transportation to all program related sites in Albany, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston
- Global health insurance (Mandatory) through United Health Care
- Lectures and training materials
- Admission fees to all program related venues and cultural tours
- Opening and closing receptions
- Some meals
Click on the duration tab for application and payment deadlines.
This training is suitable for anyone interested in United States’ culture, information management, information science, and librarianship, especially students, faculty, administrators, librarians, and staff. While there are no restrictions, please note that all lectures will be delivered in English.
If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home institution for more information regarding the visa application process. Please let us know whether you require an invitation letter.
Scholarships and Discounts
If you are a member of an organization that is sending 5 or more persons to this training, you may be eligible for a discount. Please contact the program advisor for more information.
Sunday, July 19, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020
Important Deadlines & Program Itinerary
|Online Registration Begins|
|Application Deadline: $400 Non-refundable deposit is due. After this date a $200 late application fee is applied.|
|Late Application Deadline: Non-refundable late application fee of $200 and the $400 non-refundable deposit are due.|
|June 15||Total payment and all application forms are due.|
|June 15||The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 100% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.|
|The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees. After this date, no refund is available.|
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