Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands
- Program Terms: Summer
Information has the potential to empower people, but only if they can access it. In this course, students examine how information professionals can empower patrons from marginalized and minority populations through spaces, resources, technology, and policies that support access to information. Drawing on an international perspective, students analyze how cultural context impacts empowerment, access, and the response of information professionals and organizations. Topics of discussion include professional values and actions; barriers and supports for access; assistive and other technologies; universal design; and local, national, and international efforts to address access disparities and support empowerment.
During the two weeks in the Netherlands, students engage with a variety of professionals on the forefront of efforts to support empowerment and access. Students visit the headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which provides a global voice for information professionals and institutions, and meet with information professionals in national, law, school, public, and university libraries during other site visits. Students also visit the headquarters of Optelec, a leader in assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments.
This program is open primarily to graduate students in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
Students will reside in hotels for the duration of the program. Breakfast will be included each day, as will a few group meals, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.