SI Alternative Spring Break 2012

Annually, the School of Information (SI) hosts an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program during University of Michigan's regularly scheduled spring break. This year, the week of February 25 - March 4, 2012, SI students (both masters students and informatics undergradautes) will depart from Ann Arbor to spend their spring break week applying their information management skills in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Detroit. During this week, students will volunteer in professional work environments in the public sector. Students work on projects or in functional areas at non-profit, cultural, governmental, and educational institutions.

Students have worked at organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America, The Library of Congress, Green Map System, various museums and research centers within the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and Detroit Public Library. You can view a full list of past participating organizations at

Students have worked on a wide range of projects ranging from the development of content for SVNGR and Foursquare with the Chicago Office of Tourism to working the reference desk at Georgetown University Law Library to doing a usability analysis of the website at the Smithsonian Institution Freer|Sackler Gallery Archives. This is just a sampling; the range of projects is immense and the things accomplished by these dedicated students is quite incredible.

To learn more about past ASB programs prior to 2012, go to the 2011 ASB website to see a listing of projects and paricipating organizations.

Interested Organizations: If you are interested in hosting students at your organization please visit for more details. We will begin to invite organizations to participate in November.

Interested Students: Current SI and Informatics students will be able to apply for ASB the second week of January. Check back regularly between now and January to begin viewing the paticipating organizations.

View the 2011 SI ASB Video below

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Mott Haven Branch Library

By: lucmarwi
Posted: April 16, 2012

I spent the week working with the children's librarian at the Mott Haven Library, a branch library of the New York Public Library located in the Bronx. Much of my time was spent observing Miss Lauren, the children's librarian, as she conducted a myriad of book talks, storytimes, and helped dozens of children find the perfect book. In addition to observing Miss Lauren at work, I also compiled craft ideas for her use later, as all of the children have come to expect crafts with every program!


By: NeuAndrea
Posted: March 29, 2012

If you ask undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences to name one online location where they get their articles from you will undoubtedly hear JSTOR. JSTOR, an online repository of academic journals, is a staple in the research diet for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. As one of those researchers who lived almost entirely on a diet of JSTOR, I was excited to get an opportunity to peak into the kitchen and see how JSTOR creates offerings.