SIS Graduate Summer Study Abroad in the Netherlands


Available for registration in Summer 2021!

" Barriers and Bridges: Empowering Diverse Communities Through Access to Information"

Earn up to 6 credit hours* toward your graduate degree in Library Science or Information Communication Technology.



Information about Summer 2021 program coming soon!

Contact/Instructor: Ashley DeWitt

*Students may earn up to 6 credit hours by completing an indepedent study alongside the Study Abroad course.



Information has the potential to empower people, but only if they can access it. In this course, you will 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, you will 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, you will engage with a variety of professionals on the forefront of efforts to support empowerment and access. You will 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. You will also visit the headquarters of Optelec, a leader in assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments.


- Hear guest lectures from representatives from the Archival and Information Science program at UvA, IFLA, optelec.

- Visit such sites as the Royal Library, International School of the Hague, Centrale Bibliotheek, Peace Palace and law library, European Foundation, and Leiden University.

- Take a walking tour of Amsterdam, The Hague, and The City archive.


Want to register for this class in Summer? Questions? Please contact Ashley DeWitt at