iSchool and Honors in the Netherlands 2021

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iSchool and Honors in the Netherlands 2021

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Amsterdam canal scene, summer 2019Carey Christie

Netherlands (iSchool & Honors) Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands

Overview

Locations: Amsterdam and Delft, The Netherlands

Sponsoring Unit: Honors Program and Information School

Program Dates: August 21-September 18, 2021

Credits: Undergrad: 5 credits total, Honors 384 // Graduate-level: 5 graduate credits total, LIS 519

Course Credits Credit Type
For undergraduate students: HONORS 384: Homelessness in the Netherlands: Cultural-Heritage Humanitarian Innovations 5 Honors Interdisciplinary (VLPA / I&S) “W” for undergraduates
For graduate students: LIS 519: Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands 5 Information School Graduate Students

 

About the Program

iSchool & Honors Netherlands: Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands will be led in collaboration with faculty and professionals from several Dutch academic, research and cultural organizations.

We’ll establish our homebase in two cities: Amsterdam, the political and cultural capital of the Netherlands; and Delft, an historic university town centrally located between The Hague and Rotterdam, with field trips to sites in nearby towns as possible. In our exploration, we’ll consider the intersection between diversity, innovation, and management in a culture that has many affinities with American society but is different enough to provide a critical perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing libraries, archives and museums here.

Together, we’ll examine how innovation works in library, information, and museum services, practices, and designs in the Netherlands and Belgium. Takeaways will include:

Library entrance: Technical University in DelftTrent Hill

  • what “innovation” means in institutional settings
  • the interplay between culture and values in program design
  • ways libraries and museums work with diverse needs and populations
  • research, design, and the process of making a case for innovation;
  • and innovation-focused program assessment.

We will look at a few examples of work in the digital humanities and digital scholarship and the role(s) they play in innovation in the contemporary library and museum worlds. We will explore these in topics as well as questions of how the cultural-heritage sector deals with the legacy of colonialism, neoliberalism, and contemporary social problems in both the Netherlands and the U.S.

All of the institutions we will be visiting will have been affected by the pandemic and the global and Dutch response to it. We will explore how they have innovated out of necessity as a way to continue to serve and be responsible to their stakeholders.

Outside of the classroom, participants may take part in field trips and site visits to museums, libraries, and historical sites as part of their immersion in Dutch culture.

 

Program Credits/Course Descriptions

Graduate Students: 5 credits, LIS 519

Undergraduate Students: 5 credits, Honors 384

LIS 519: Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands (for Graduate Students, 5 credits)

Instructor: Trent Hill

The course will examine how innovation works in library, information, and museum services, practices, and designs in the Netherlands and Belgium. It will look at what, exactly, “innovation” means in institutional settings; the interplay between culture and values in program design; the ways libraries and museums work with diversity; research, assessment, and the process of making a case for innovation; and innovation-focused program assessment. We will also look at digital humanities and digital scholarship in general and the role(s) they play in innovation in the contemporary library and museum worlds. This course will also involve a cross-cultural exploration of the political, social, historical, and economic factors that influence the way cultural-heritage institutions (such as libraries, museums, and archives) address contemporary issues such as the lingering impact of colonialism; equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; immigration; and homelessness. We will look at how those factors impact the work of cultural-heritage organizations as they seek to address the needs of an increasingly diverse population through the development of new processes, programs, and services. We will examine this in the overall context of how cultural-heritage organizations are transforming their service models to address new developments in culture, society, and technology.

Look, it’s the DANS scholarship stakeholders!Trent Hill

Honors 384: Homelessness in the Netherlands: Cultural-Heritage Humanitarian Innovations (5 credits for undergraduate students, VLPA/I&S, Honors Interdisciplinary, “W”)

Instructor: Trent Hill

This program will also involve a cross-cultural exploration of the political, social, historical, and economic factors that influence the way cultural-heritage institutions (such as libraries, museums, and archives) address contemporary issues such as the lingering impact of colonialism; equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; immigration; and homelessness. We will look at how those factors impact the work of cultural-heritage organizations as they seek to address the needs of an increasingly diverse population through the development of new processes, programs, and services. We will examine this in the overall context of how cultural-heritage organizations are transforming their service models to address new developments in culture, society, and technology.

Students will examine the role culture(s), at many levels, plays in innovation, as well as the impact that local, regional, and national political processes have on innovation initiatives in the cultural heritage sector.

 

Program Leadership

Dr. Trent Hill, Information School

Trent Hill is a Senior Lecturer for the iSchool, where he has served on the faculty since 2002. Dr. Hill teaches courses in knowledge organization, thesaurus construction, human information behavior, and instructional design. His published research is on the history and concept of “genre” in music as well as its relationship to classification systems. Trent has been traveling to the Netherlands both professionally and personally since 1996, and has seen most of the country, much of it on bicycle. He has been directing study abroad programs there since 2008.

Carey Christie, Honors Program

Carey directs public relations for the Honors Program, which makes her a nexus for faculty, student, and staff ideas to collect, conglomerate and build energy. Prior to joining UW Honors Carey was the Director of Events and Promotions at The Stranger, where she ran the Genius Awards 501C3 and collaborated on events and special projects with creatives and cultural leaders throughout Seattle. Carey has lived in London, Edinburgh, Chicago, New York City, and Amsterdam. While working as an artist in Amsterdam, Carey gave walking tours, designed sets and props, painted murals, and performed audience outreach and community relations for a popular comedy theater on the Leidseplein.

Program Expenses

The costs listed includes tuition via concurrent enrollment fee and all housing and excursions. Students are responsible for most meals, airfare, study abroad fee, and insurance.

Program Fee: $4,600

UW Study Abroad fees: $460

 

Payment Schedule:

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $460 TBD
Program Fee Balance $4,600 TBD
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $5,060

 

Making the program affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life. Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers two $2500 International Access scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Scholarship applications open in January.

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

Every student who applies and is accepted to a study abroad program is automatically considered for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are dependent on need and students may be awarded up to $4,000. Visit the study abroad office in 459 Schmitz Hall to learn more or click here. Students may also email goglobal@uw.edu for an advising appointment.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage. In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file. Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Early Fall Start  financial aid.

Housing

In Amsterdam, students will stay at the Bicycle Hotel conveniently located in an ethnically diverse neighborhood. In Delft housing is at the Emauspoort Hotel.

Students participating in this program should be comfortable staying for extended periods in family-run European hotels, which have small rooms and shared showers. In addition, students will use public transportation and there will be walks throughout the cities.

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Application Process

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This program is open to students in the Honors Program and Information School, both undergraduate and graduate students. Students from across campus are also encouraged to apply. The program is focused on recruiting a diverse group of students. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.

Selection to the program is competitive and acceptance into the program is based on application materials, interviews, and student’s demonstrated motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures and to work individually and also within a group.

Graduate students will receive 5 graduate level credits.

Undergraduate students will receive 5 credits. Credits fulfill Honors core requirements.

Click below to visit the official UW Study Abroad brochure for this program for more details and to open an application!

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Deadline: February 15, 2021 (application link coming soon)