The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted six visitors from Uzbekistan as part of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on January 30, 2018. The program provided participants with a deeper understanding of the roles and functions of libraries and information specialists in U.S. society, among other goals. For many participants in in the IVLP, this is their first visit to the U.S.
During four to five days in each city, participants meet with their U.S. counterparts to exchange viewpoints and gain new insights on professionally related topics, as well as experience U.S. culture through activities and in-home dinner experiences.
The IVLP participants UNC welcomed represented libraries and university library systems departments in Uzbekistan. While on campus, Vice Provost for University Libraries Elaine Westbrooks and other UNC librarians held a presentation and discussion at Walter Royal Davis Library focused on curation of materials, the services that maintain a robust research library system and UNC’s library management and services. Following the meeting, they visited the Davis Library Research Hub and toured the Digital Preservation Center and special collections at Wilson Library.
The participants also met with faculty from the UNC School of Information and Library Science, where they discussed academic programs focused on digital curation and archives, as well as current trends in the use of information and digital technologies in library science activities.