Next week, we welcome University of Michigan student Natalie Yee to the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, where she will learn about information-related fields as part of her university’s School of Information Alternative Spring Break program. Yee will conduct research on online resources and tools produced by the ALA Washington Office (under my guidance as the press officer).
Yee is currently working to earn a master’s degree in Information, with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. She previously earned a bachelors in Anthropology with a minor in Asian Studies from Colorado College.
The University of Michigan Alternative Spring Break 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.
In addition to ALA, the students are hosted by other advocacy groups such as the Future of Music Coalition as well as federal agencies such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives. The students get a taste of work life here in D.C. and an opportunity to network with information professionals.
“We are pleased to support students from the University of Michigan’s spring break program,” said Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Yee in the next week.”