Student Chapter of the Year Award

About the Student Chapter of the Year Award
The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter's outstanding contributions to ALA, its school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters and to recognize future leaders.  Official ALA Student Chapters are organizations formed by students at schools offering accredited programs of library and information studies.  The winning student chapter receives a $1,000 travel grant to help with the cost of ALA conference attendance.

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2018 Winner(s)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The SCOTYA Committee was impressed by University of North Carolina (UNCG) at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association’s outreach to distance education students. The association hosted meetups in several locations for distance students and utilized a variety of tools to communicate with members. Association members were active in their local communities as part of a community service program celebrating the 125th anniversary of UNCG. Their initial goal was to give back to their communities by completing 125 hours of community service initiatives. The program was so successful that they increased the number of hours to 300! Additionally, the Library and Information Studies program at UNCG was undergoing reaccreditation. The association held town hall meetings and visited classes to provide information about the reaccreditation process and to answer student questions.

2018 Runner Up(s)

Emporia State University

The runner-up this year is Emporia State University. The committee noted the chapter’s outreach to undergraduate students and alumni, the reformation of the campus SAA chapter, and the diversity of programming and events offered.