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Posted September 23, 2016 by DWOOD

Thirty-nine Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2017. New program partners in 2016 are Idaho Library Association and Vermont Library Association. ALA asks you to join online by completing the secure forms found at the joint membership program page. If you join online, ALA membership and the participating Chapters each receive a receipt that day of your having joined! And you save the cost of mailing or faxing your application! These are the 39 state library associations participating in the joint student...

Posted September 20, 2016 by DWOOD

Every year in or around November, each school affiliated with ALA with an ALA Student Chapter is encouraged to nominate one and only one student to participate in the Student-to-Staff Program (S2S). S2S provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 40 students engaged in ALA Student Chapters both to attend an ALA Annual Conference and to work behind-the-scenes with ALA staff. To qualify for the ALA student-to-staff program: Each student must be a Student Chapter member. Each student must be a current ALA member and remain an ALA member through the ALA Annual Conference...

Posted September 6, 2016 by DWOOD

Introduction When I first became president of the University of Southern California (USC) Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) ALA-Student Chapter in May 2016, I knew I wanted to put the Chapter on the map and truly make a difference. The MMLIS program is young, and I’m only the third president of the Chapter. There are so many passionate library students in the MMLIS program—library students who are already transforming lives; future librarians who are dedicated to the LIS field. Teamwork is a key component of the program, and as a cohort, we are divided into new teams of four every semester and remain...

Posted March 28, 2016 by DWOOD

Want to find out the best way to advocate for libraries in your state! Join your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, right this very minute and let them show you how it's done! It’s imperative—now more than ever—to support your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers within your state. Your Chapter membership will also benefit you personally and professionally: You’ll receive discounts for attending your state association’s annual conference; You’ll enjoy networking with other students, librarians, and library workers; You’ll be able to...

Posted February 9, 2016 by DWOOD

The end of each year is a time for many traditions, from caroling to trimming the tree to making a gingerbread house to pausing to give thanks, and the East Carolina University Master of Library Science program has developed and added its own tradition to the mix by annually completing a Holiday Book Drive. For ten years, the ECU American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter has completed a book drive to help put over 25,000 books in the hands of willing but needy readers throughout North Carolina. The ECU MLS students take advantage of the fact they study in a Distance Education program and spread the good cheer of charitable...

Posted December 18, 2015 by DWOOD

How would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate course credits? How would you like to earn those credits by touring some of the UK’s most important and historic libraries, archives, and special collections? If yes, then you may wish to enroll in British Studies 2016, a month-long study abroad program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) that takes students on guided, behind-the-scenes tours of libraries and archives in London, Oxford, Greenwich, and Edinburgh. The program is scheduled for June 4th to July 3rd and carries six...

Posted December 17, 2015 by DWOOD

Thirty-nine Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2016. New program partners in 2015 are Alaska Library Association, Arkansas Library Association, Delaware Library Association, Idaho Library Association, Indiana Library Federation, Kentucky Library Association, Michigan Library Association, Mississippi Library Association, Ohio Library Council, South Dakota Library Association, and Vermont Library Association. ALA asks you to join online by completing the secure forms found at the joint membership program...

Posted December 17, 2015 by DWOOD

Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., June 23-28. Established in 1973, the program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their school's ALA student chapter, to attend and participate in an annual conference in exchange for working 16 hours for ALA staff during the conference. These students also receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meals. Students are selected and nominated by their faculty advisors. Criteria include that each student must be a current ALA...

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