Library Science and Information Studies In Historical and Contemporary Britain

Here’s your chance to really immerse yourself in the “sceptred isle” of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. You’ll walk in the footsteps of your literary heroes, and along the way you’ll explore some of the world’s most famous libraries, archives and special collections. Your course will be taught by distinguished British information specialists, who’ll take you to renowned sites around London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Edinburgh. As part of your coursework, you’ll write about your experiences in an online journal, and conduct your own research on an approved topic related to your studies. Undergraduate and graduate students alike routinely review this course as the most important career choice of their lives. You will likely say the same. Because not only will you gain a professional knowledge about what UK and EU specialists in library and informational studies consider to be the very highest practices and standards in your field, but, in your spare time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for independent exploration all over London and Edinburgh. (The British Library, British Museum, take Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Theatre are all easy walks from where you will make your summer home.) From London to your 4 day exploration of Edinburgh, let the royal repositories and storied private collections of the UK give your career as an information specialist a pedigree that will be yours to relish for a lifetime.

Course details

  • LIS 480CA|LIS487CA or LIS 580CA|LIS 587CA (6 semester hours)
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Meet the Instructor



Teresa Welsh, Ph.D.
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Teresa S. Welsh is associate professor of Library & Information
Science at the University of Southern Mississippi and has taught in
the British Studies Program since 2007. Her MLIS and PhD are from the
University of Tennessee; she is the co-author of two books on
information literacy and co-editor of an open-access e-journal, SLIS
Connecting. Teaching and research interests include archival studies,
history of the book, information retrieval, visualization of
information, bibliometric research, Web design and development.