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    Denmark Exploration Seminar Program

The Information School's (iSchool's) Exploration Seminar (iDES) program in Denmark is an academic program held in close collaboration with the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS), part of the University of Copenhagen.  The iDES is based on a distinctive combination of two iSchool courses.  The iDES draws on the strengths of both participating institutions and serves the instructional needs for both.  The program is taught during August and September. 

The program consists of classroom meetings, field trips in Copenhagen and longer excursions to library and cultural sites outside of Copenhagen.  Students are encouraged to explore related library, instructional, and cultural opportunities during their unstructured time.

The primary goals of the program and partnership between RSLIS and the UW iSchool are:

  • Promote the long-standing bond between Danish and American library traditions and the common struggle for democratizing society.  Both traditions are engaged with problems of access and innovation in a networked world.  This program will further support that common tradition.
  • Allow UW students a greater participation in and understanding of the the cross-global issues surrounding information literacy, access, instruction, and assessment.
  • Expand an understanding that the global information society demands cross cultural understanding and appreciation. 
  • Position students as future leaders in the global information society with exposure to the expertise of the two major educational institutions.


The co-Director's for the 201e iDES were UW- iSchool Faculty Trent Hill and Nancy Gershenfeld.

The co-Director's for the 2014 iDES will be UW - iSchool Faculty Trent Hill and Liz Mills

2013 Scholarship Recipients

2014 Scholarship Recipients


To learn more about the program visit the UW-iSchool Programs webpage.

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