Announcement Of The 2008 ALA NMRT Student Chapter Of The Year Award Winner And Runner-Up

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the American Library Association (ALA) Membership Committee wish to congratulate the University of South Carolina Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) as the winner of the 2008 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. The runner-up of this year’s award is the ALA Student Chapter at UCLA.

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 its 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 conference attendance.

This year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee members commend the University of South Carolina’s LISSA chapter for their work in each of the seven categories related to the award. The chapter made excellent use of Web 2.0 technology, developed original and successful fundraising activities, and offered an excellent variety of programs and services for its students, including assistance and marketing for a Second Life Mentoring event, initiating two colloquial series, and hosting an annual symposium. Their commitment to community service was also laudable, and included working with several children’s literacy events, conducting bibliographic research to help the Lubuto Library Project in their collection development efforts, and helping weed and organize the library of a local community center.

Dr. Feili Tu, Assistant Professor in the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, stated: “LISSA has been fortunate to have dynamic, hard-working, and innovative leaders (i.e., LISSA officers) with exceptional management and organizational skills. LISSA officers have a can-do attitude. Their work is dedicated to helping SLIS students believe in such an attitude and use it as an inspiration for letting their creativity shine…LISSA has also successfully promoted the partnership of the student association with the SLIS administration, which has helped the administration and faculty more clearly understand students’ expectations and needs, make strategic plans, and establish goals for future development. LISSA exemplifies the mission of the ALA in promoting the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.”

The runner-up of this year’s award, the ALA Student Chapter of UCLA, is honored for its use of Web 2.0 technology, professional development programming, membership recruitment and retention efforts, and their community service programs. In addition, chapter members have done an excellent job participating in LIS activities at the national, state, regional, and local level.

The SCOTYA Committee members, the ALA Membership Committee, and NMRT extend their appreciation to all the ALA student chapters for their time and effort in submitting nominations for 2008, and encourage all ALA student chapters to continue their great work!

Bob Wolverton
Associate Professor/Database Maintenance/Authority Control Librarian
Mississippi State University Libraries
Chair, 2007-2008 ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee
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