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Spring Break in Washington

Lisa HardmanOnce again, we participated in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program of the School of Information (SI) at the University of Michigan. Each year, dozens of SI students make their way to Washington, D.C. to spend a week at an organization focused on information-related fields. In addition to ALA, SI students are hosted by other advocacy groups such as EDUCAUSE 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 had one student here in the office last week for the 2012 ASB program: Lisa Hardman is a first-year student in the SI master’s program. Lisa has a strong interest in information policy and management, with a focus on privacy, security, and access and has worked as an orphan works investigator for HathiTrust. During her week at OITP, she conducted background research on ebook lending policies of major trade publishers.

Participation and support for programs such as Alternative Spring Break is an important OITP priority. A part of our mission on advancing national public policy and advocacy is to encourage greater interest and participation in public policy by library and information graduate students. Also, graduate students provide an infusion of fresh ideas and perspectives to those of us inside the beltway, which is beneficial (to say the least).

Alan S. Inouye, OITP Director

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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