Student Member Blog

Posted April 7, 2017 by DWOOD

One of the best ways to be active in your profession before you graduate—and, by the way, contribute to your community!—is by participating in one of the 57 active ALA Student Chapters. What do Student Chapters accomplish? Much! Learn how: ALA Student Chapter Answers and Resources Where Can I Find an Overview of ALA and Chapters? How Do I Contact Other Student Chapters? Transforming the American Library Association Student Chapter at University of Southern California (9/6/16) My Chapter Is Looking for Ideas for Fundraising Activities. Where Can We Find Some? And Information about Jobs? And Information about...

Posted February 22, 2017 by DWOOD

After the October 2016 hurricane that struck North Carolina, MLS Students at East Carolina University provided the "Gift of Literacy" to affected schools and libraries. North Carolinians faced significant challenges in 2016 stemming from a Category 5 hurricane to wild fires. Many students enrolled in East Carolina University’s MLS program were personally impacted, as were their neighbors, schools, and libraries. For these reasons, the program’s ALA Student Chapter’s annual Holiday Book Drive was even more motivated to bring “the gift of literacy” to communities in dire need. This annual...

Posted December 6, 2016 by DWOOD

Forty 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 Florida Library Association, 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 40 state library associations participating...

Posted November 7, 2016 by DWOOD

How would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate course credits? If yes, then come along with us next June on British Studies 2017, a month-long study abroad program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), for on-site lectures and guided tours of some of the U.K.’s most important and historic libraries, archives, and special collections. The program is offered June 1-July 2, 2017, and carries six hours of credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Students...

Posted September 20, 2016 by DWOOD

In or around the second week of November each year, 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...

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...

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...

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...