We here at METRO were excited to have had the opportunity to host and work with Amy Blau from the University of Michigan's School of Information (UMSI) recently. Amy worked at METRO the week of March 4-8 as part of UMSI's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, which matches graduate library and information science graduate students with cultural, non-profit, educational, and other types of institutions in cities across the country in order to provide students hands-on professional experience, career development, and networking opportunities.
Amy helped us conduct background research, compose project documentation, and create potential training resources on the topic of linked open data in libraries, archives, and museums (LOD-LAM). During her time here, Amy was also able to participate in the "Disaster Preparedness and Response Bootcamp for Mixed Media Collections" as well as get exposure to Archivist's Toolkit. We very much thank Amy for her week of great work here at METRO.
We also thank UMSI and the ASB program for letting us participate in the program. The ASB program arranges for students to work in host institutions and provides travel and housing during their residencies. New York Public Library, ITHAKA, and New York Public Radio Archives were just a few of the other local institutions hosting ASB students. We encourage any area library, archive, or museum that can host an intern and provide them with a meaningful experience to look into joining the program.
Thanks again to UMSI and thanks especially to Amy!