Alternative Spring Break in D.C.

The UK School of Information Science offers an alternative spring break program in which LIS students can gain career-enhancing experience working in the country’s leading national libraries and archives.


Students in the past have had the opportunity to intern at the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Libraries.


The call for applicants for Spring 2019 will be issued sometime late next fall/early winter: please contact Ashley DeWitt for more information about ASB at UK SIS.


Past Alternative Spring Break Students:

Spring 2014

Read tweets from the 2014 participants.

See photos from the 2014 participants.

Spring 2015

Read tweets from the 2015 participants

See photos from the 2015 participants.

Spring 2016

Read tweets from the 2016 participants

Read written reflections from the 2016 participants

Read Cat Staley's guest post on the Smithsonian Libraries' blog

Read Ashlee-Amber Skipper's ASB 2016 wordpress.

See photos from the 2016 participants.

Spring 2017

Read tweets from the 2017 participants

Read written reflections from the 2017 participants

Spring 2018

Read tweets from the 2018 participants

Read written reflections from the 2018 participants

See photos from the 2018 participants


About ASB in D.C.

Begun in 2011, the program now partners with the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Libraries. Participating students spend one week at one of these institutions paired with a working librarian or archivist. Each student is able to contribute to an ongoing project and learn from practicing professionals in the field.

Check out our program video to see more. Follow our ASB board on on Pinterest.

Here's what some of our participating students have to say about the program:

"It was wonderful to spend a week surrounded by established professionals who provided me with enthusiastic encouragement about my future in the field. This trip was an incredible opportunity, and the experience provided a great capstone to my years of course work in the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.”--Mindy Groff, ASB 2012

“I came away with much more than a sense of accomplishment from finishing a project--I felt energized and inspired.”
--Cheyenne Hohman
, ASB 2011

"My time in D.C. was  phenomenal: I was able to work on a team with amazing mentors on a project which  put the knowledge I had gained  in library school into play."--Heather Burke, ASB 2013

"I had a great time working with Mari Nakahara in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. I learned a lot about cataloging, preservation, and housing fragile items. Working on Deck 6 of the Adams building was definitely an experience I will never forget!" --Hannah Musser, ASB 2014

"Alternative spring break in the African and Middle Eastern Section of the Library of Congress was one of the most amazing experiences of my life because of the once in a lifetime opportunities provided. That, coupled with a beautiful city and the wonderful group of women I shared an apartment with, made the entire experience something extraordinary that I will always treasure." --Jasmyne Lewis-Combs