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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...

Posted October 30, 2015 by DWOOD

Currently there are over 7,500 ALA student members. Are you an ALA student member without a student chapter? It’s easy to start one. ALA student members at the master’s level and beyond are eligible to form official ALA student chapter groups at schools offering ALA-accredited programs of library and information services, or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an NCATE/AASL-accredited program. Take a look at these student chapter constitutions and bylaws to give you an idea on how to organize a student chapter. Contact established student chapters for their feedback on creating a chapter, and what to do...

Posted October 30, 2015 by DWOOD

Every year in 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 that he or she is nominated to...

Posted September 1, 2015 by DWOOD

Thirty-seven 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 (pending a bylaws vote in October), Delaware Library Association, Indiana Library Federation, Kentucky Library Association, Michigan Library Association, Mississippi Library Association, Ohio Library Council, and South Dakota Library Association. ALA asks you to join online by completing the secure forms found at the joint membership program page. If you join...

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