Anyone who has had the opportunity to make a professional trip abroad or take part in an exchange or internship program knows what an enriching experience this can be, both professionally and personally. But he or she also knows how much work is involved in preparing for such a trip, and perhaps more than a few have returned with the feeling that things might have gone differently if s/he had been better informed. In order to make available the wealth of information of those colleagues who have participated in such German-American exchanges, Ulrike Hartung, a student of Library and Information Sciences at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, sent out a wide-ranging questionnaire to librarians and library students in the winter of 2010, asking them to report on their experiences. And now, our Western European Studies Section (WESS) colleagues have kindly provided space on their Wiki, where you will find the initial results of the questionnaire. A special thanks to Ulrike Hartung for all of her work and to Richard Hacken for technical assistance.
Anyone who missed the chance to take part in the questionnaire, and who would like to add his or her experiences to the list, can still send them per email to: library @ newyork.goethe.org.