BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
ORGANIZER: School of Information
EVENT DATE: Feb 28, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 40
Ireland: The country where I spent my summer.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: My childhood home.
New York: Just about halfway between my two homes.
I'll be spending my spring break helping the formidable New York Public Library organize and put on a festival of Irish-related films. "Hidden Ireland" is going to dive deeper than the familiar stereotypes, and having experienced the culture of modern Ireland firsthand I'm looking forward to showing New York how awesome, and surprising, the Emerald Isle can be.
I am going to help make the world better. I am going to spend my week off not in some sun-drenched tropical paradise, but instead volunteering. What can a mob of nerds possibly do in a week? Well, we can do a lot of things. We can help nonprofits build better, more effective websites. We can design better children's areas in public libraries. We can help the Library of Congress figure out what the heck America is, anyway.
You know you want to.
School of Information University of Michigan wrote -
The School of Information's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is unlike any other ASB program out there. Through this program, current students of the School of Information go out into the world and spend their spring break week (which is actually in the middle of winter here in Michigan), not partying it up in Cancun, but applying their information management skills at non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational and cultural institutions to help these organizations fulfill their mission and provide better services, often using innovative technologies.
SI ASB participants spend their week in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C. at organizations such as GreenMap System, the United Nations, Adler Planetarium, Carnegie Hall Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and that National Archives and Records Administration. Interested folks can see a full list of participating organizations at http://siasb.cms.si.umich.edu/organizations