“ASB can allow some great networking opportunities as well as invaluable hands-on experience that might not be realized otherwise - especially when working in an online environment.”
“Really good way to get experience, the repositories love having you, helps you decide if archives is a career path worth taking.”
“It gives one a look into the real work done after school is complete. I would recommend students do it every spring if possible.”
“It's a great opportunity. I never stepped foot in an archives nor did I have any classes dealing with archives, but now I feel confident that I'll be able to complete the program without hang-ups.”
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a non-credit, volunteer career development program which places interested and motivated online and onsite MLIS and CAS students in archives during the week of spring break. Students are placed in archives where they gain hands-on experience and network with professionals. Participation requires that students commit to volunteering 30 hours during the week (Monday-Friday) of spring break.
DeadlineApply by November 1st
Application forms are located in the Alternative Spring Break D2L site.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Alternative Spring Break?
Who can participate in Alternative Spring Break?
Can online students participate in Alternative Spring Break?
Where and how do I sign up to participate?
I am interested in participating at an archives that is in a different state or city than I live in. Can I go to that archives for Alternative Spring Break?
If I travel to participate in Alternative Spring Break who coordinates and pays for my travel?
Who contacts the archivists at the repositories to set up the Alternative Spring Break placements?
Do I need to be pursing the Archival Studies Concentration within my MLIS to participate?
When is Alternative Spring Break?
How many hours do I have to volunteer for Alternative Spring Break?
Can I get credit for Alternative Spring Break?
Can I get paid for Alternative Spring Break?
If I can’t get credit and can’t get paid, then what are the benefits of Alternative Spring Break?
Is Alternative Spring Break competitive, meaning, do some students that apply not get placed in an archives?
How are students placed in archives?
If I participate in Alternative Spring Break, is there a way I could continue to volunteer at the archives?
Past Host Sites
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Chicago History Museum
- NARA – Chicago
- Newberry Library
- Elk Grove Village
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives
- Theatre Historical Society of America
- University of Massachusetts-Boston, Healy Library, Archives and Special Collections
- Minnesota Historical Society
- University of Minnesota University Archives
- St. Louis
- University of Missouri-St. Louis Archives
- Montana Historical Society
- New York
- Carnegie Hall Archives
- North Dakota State University, Institute for Regional Studies
- Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections
- Library of Congress, Acquisitions and Processing Section, Music Division
- Green Bay
- Diocese of Green Bay Archives
- University of WI-Green Bay Archives
- Kenosha Civil War Museum
- University of WI-Parkside Archives
- Wisconsin Veterans Museum
- Archdiocese of Milwaukee Archives
- Harley Davidson Archives
- Marquette University Archives & Special Collections
- Milwaukee Art Museum Library and Archives
- Milwaukee Public Library- City Archives
- Ward Irish Music Archives