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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2017 Winner(s)

Emporia State University

This year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award goes to Emporia State University. This is the first time Emporia State University has received the award. This year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee praised the chapter’s ability to reach members in person and virtually across wide geographic distances. In addition, the chapter grew in the preceding year and undertook an impressive documentation initiative to build up institutional memory for future years.


2017 Runner Up(s)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The runner-up of this year’s award is the ALA Student Chapter at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The committee was especially impressed with the level of student engagement in the chapter’s work, as evidenced by its many sub-committees and volume of on campus events and activities.