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Faculty-led: International Children's Literature and Librarianship
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: KSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

International Children’s Literature and Librarianship
Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Name: Marianne Martens, Ph.D.
Total Estimated Cost: 
      In State: $5,985 (includes tuition)
      Out of State: TBA
Eligibility: Graduate standing preferred – upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in children’s literature and librarianship will be considered based on space availability. 
Course and Credits: 61095: International Children’s Literature and Librarianship - 3 Graduate Credits 
Program Dates: June 3 - June 17, 2016, in Denmark. Class begins online on May 23 and concludes on July 16.
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

International Children’s Literature and Librarianship - 61095
Locations: Denmark (side trip to Sweden)

From its notoriety as home of the Vikings, to its current status as home of the happiest people in the world, Denmark is famous for Hamlet (who wasn’t real, but his castle is), Søren Kierkegaard, Danish pastry, and leaders in architecture and design like Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utsen, Georg Jensen, Bang & Olufsen, and Bjarne Ingels. But Denmark also has a long and solid tradition of cultural production for young people—just think of Hans Christian Andersen, Tivoli Gardens, and Legoland.

In this academically rigorous course on international cultural production for children, Denmark will serve as a case study for such, providing students with hands-on perspectives on international children’s literature, librarianship, museums, and a view on how different cultures construct “childhood.” The course is hybrid, combining online course delivery with face-to-face class time in Denmark. Some questions this class will address include: What does it mean to be a child in other countries compared to the US, and as a result, what sorts of issues face professionals working in cultural production for young people—from museums and libraries, to media industries such as publishing and film? How do those issues compare to ones faced by professionals in the United States? What is similar? What is different? What can we learn from another culture, and how will our new knowledge translate into ideas for practice in the US? 

KSU Sponsoring College: CCI 
  • Travel June 3rd
  • Arrive June 4th
  • Depart June 17th
June 4-17, tours and seminars at sites including (for example) the Royal Library School, the International Animation Workshop, Rosinante Publishers and an independent children’s bookseller, Helsingør (Hamlet’s castle) and the ministry of culture, and Danish children’s libraries. We will also visit Tivoli gardens, take a ferry to Sweden, and visit several museums.

Must complete application for admission. Graduate standing preferred – upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in children’s literature and librarianship will be considered based on space availability.

Maximum capacity: 12 
  • For two weeks on-site in Denmark, students will live in a youth hostel in central Copenhagen ( We will also spend two nights in a hotel near Viborg (
  • Please note that some of the host country's museums, walkways and modes of transportation may not be accessible according to ADA standards. As such, course participants may be required to climb narrow and winding stairs, walk significant distances on cobbled streets and travel on buses, trains, etc., without accessible features. Note, too, that participants may be expected to stand for several hours at a time and do a lot of walking each day. Please contact Dr. Marianne Martens, course instructor, at with any questions or concerns. Kent State University will endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities interested in participating in this program. If you require accommodations for this program, please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 330-672-3391.
  • A few meals will be covered, but you should bring approximately $50 per day for meals that are not included. 
The costs listed below are subject to change.

Detailed cost breakdown:  
Tuition (3 graduate hours)* $1,485
Program fees $2,300
Flight $1,500
Bare-bones estimated personal expenses (14 days @ $50) $700
Total Estimated Cost $5,985
*Tuition shown is for Ohio residents and is current as of Jan. 1, 2016. Tuition for non-Ohio residents is $2,511
Program dates: June 3 - June 17, 2016 in Denmark. Class begins online on May 23 and concludes July 16.
Application deadline: February 1,st 2016 ($60 application fee due at this time)
Payment deadline: Part 1: $1,120 - March 15th / Part 2: $1,120 – April 15th
Withdrawal deadline: April 15th, 2016 
Copy of travel itinerary due to OGE: May 1
Tuition due to Bursar's Office: May 1

Marianne Martens, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Science, 3rd Floor Library

Marianne Martens, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Her research and teaching covers the interconnected fields of youth services librarianship and publishing, including historical, contemporary, and international perspectives. Before coming to SLIS, Martens taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, while pursuing her Ph.D. in library and information science. Prior to her academic career, Martens was vice president of a small, international publishing company called North-South Books in New York. Originally from Denmark, Martens is fluent in English, Danish, German, Spanish and French, and has translated over 100 children’s books into English. Her monograph Publishers, Readers and Digital Engagement: Participatory Forums and Young Adult Publishing will be published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. You can read more about her work at 

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