SI Alternative Spring Break 2011

The weekend of February 26, 2011, 105 SI students (103 MSIs, 2 Informatics) departed from Ann Arbor to spend their spring break week applying their information management in the public sector in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.

Students 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 participating organizations at

Students 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 this group of dedicated students is somewhat incredible.

For those interested in hearing about individuals’ experiences, students are sharing about their experience via the the individual project lisings and the Blog and also on the SI ASB Facebook Fan Page. You can also find pictures and learn more about the range of projects that students worked on on the SI ASB Website. You can also follow SI ASB via Twitter with the handle @si_asb.

Organizations are already sharing positive testimonies about their experience. For example, we received this statement from one satisfied organization host:

“I just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed hosting our student. She was a delightful person to work with and really helped us refine our website. If she is an example of the caliber of students in your program, you have a wealth of talent at your fingertips. It was a pleasurable, productive experience and we can hardly wait until next spring break!”

A big thanks goes to the students that helped out with the SI ASB 2011 Fundraising Initiatives throughout the year (the Book Drive/Sale and Penny Wars). We had an very successful year with both of these initiatives and without the student volunteers to run these events, they could not happen.

Lastly, it is important to highlight that several SI students made a significant contribution to our fundraising efforts via the social media website, Crowdrise. Overall, $12,876 was been raised via Crowdrise; a total of $15, 025.07 was raised overall via student driven fundraising. Check out the Crowdrise Team to learn more about their individual efforts. Thanks to everyone that already contributed, ensuring the success of our program for this year and for years to come.

View the 2011 SI ASB Video Below

To learn about past SI ASB programs prior to 2011, go to past SI-ASB organization, projects, and listings.

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

By: T Koenig
Posted: June 24, 2011

I know I'm a little (ok, maybe more than that) late to the game here, but I still really wanted to share what a great experience I had working at the prints and photographs division of the Library of Congress on ASB 2011.

ASB at the Arab American National Museum

By: aakauff
Posted: April 12, 2011

Hi, my name is Amanda Kauffman. For ASB, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. The museum is in the process of starting its archive, and my week was spent helping the curator and another staff member organize and rehouse a collection of newly donated papers.