This week the Library is hosting three Alternative Spring Break (ASB) interns from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) in the Information Technology Department. The three interns, Phillip Tsai, Wilson Bai and Amy Blau, were selected through a rigorous application process to spend their spring break working in the Library.
All three students are working on projects related to DigitalGeorgetown, the Library’s open access repository of digital scholarship. Tsai and Bai are spending the week optimizing the Library’s use of Google Analytics for assessing the use and functionality of DigitalGeorgetown. Blau is designing an improved workflow and documentation for the submission of papers to DigitalGeorgetown. Both of these projects will help the Library make DigitalGeorgetown as simple and accessible as possible, increasing the visibility and usability of the collections housed there.
UMSI Alternative Spring Break 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. The ASB program at UMSI was initiated in 1999 and seeks to place ASB student participants in non-profit, cultural, governmental and K-12 educational institutions in Chicago, Detroit, New York City and Washington D.C. The Library is thrilled to be able to participate in this program.