The American Library Association welcomed interns from the University of Michigan School of Information’s (UMSI) Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program February 29–March 4.
The ASB program “creates the opportunity for students to engage in a service-oriented integrative learning experience; connects public sector organizations to the knowledge and abilities of students through a social impact project; and facilitates and enhances the relationship between the School and the greater community.”
Four UMSI students spent the week working in various units at ALA’s Chicago headquarters:
- Alyssa Hanson, a second-year graduate student specializing in library and information science as well as human-computer interaction, worked in the ALA Library researching and cataloging its collection of book award winners. Hanson is also an officer on the executive board of UM’s ALA Student Chapter.
- Ryan Jimenez, a junior in the bachelor of science in information program, who worked in ALA’s Office for Accreditation to improve its Access database of reviewer volunteers
- Gita Serpuja, a master’s student in the School of Information and School of Public Health, also worked in the ALA Library researching and cataloging its collection of book award winners.
- Yining Zhou, a first-year graduate student specializing is human-computer interaction, completed an SEO improvement project on the American Libraries website.
During their time here, the interns got to meet with several ALA directors to learn about the Association and how it can help their careers.
ALA’s Washington office was also joined by two UMSI interns for the week.
Many thanks to all of our UMSI interns for spending their spring break with us!