Old Dominion University creates ALA Student Chapter

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/10/2020


Mariel Colbert

Program Officer

Chapter Relations Office

Chapter Relations Office



CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Student Organization of Library and Information Studies (SOLIS) at Old Dominion University has created a new ALA student chapter. This is the first student chapter to be formed in Virginia. 

Each ALA student chapter has its own character and purpose. All enhance students' ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses. The Old Dominion University chapter became the 67th ALA student chapter, Dr. Amelia Anderson, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies, will serve as faculty advisor for the new student chapter.

Dr. Anderson said, “As a former ALA Student Chapter president myself, I know just how significant membership is for our students. The connections I made and opportunities for leadership both on campus and through ALA as a national organization were invaluable, and I'm just thrilled that our students at ODU will now have this opportunity for involvement. Our officers have done a great job in building this chapter from the ground up, and already have exciting plans for developing an active, engaged membership. I'm excited to see how our chapter grows."

"I'm so excited about this opportunity for our students to develop professional identities and relationships as part of the American Library Association.  A student chapter provides students with a sense of belonging to the greater library profession and a means to participate in leadership and service." Dr. Sue Kimmel, Graduate Program Director said. 

The first ALA Student Chapter was created in 1980 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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 a CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)-accredited program.Student chapters pay no fee to ALA. Now through Aug. 31, 2018, ALA student membership dues are $39; forty-nine of the fifty-seven ALA state chapters partner with ALA to allow students to join one of them and ALA for one low price of $42. Each ALA student member is entitled to all the regular ALA personal membership benefits at a substantially reduced dues rate. The student chapter may support its programs through fund-raising activities, dues paid to the student chapter group, or contributions from the school administration.


In addition, each student chapter is eligible to send one participant to the Student-to-Staff program held at ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for four hours of work per day, the students receive complimentary registration, housing, and a per diem.