Student Member Blog

Posted February 21, 2014 by DWOOD

Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are  (in alphabetical order by last name of student): Grace Atkins—University of Texas—Austin (TX) Nick Auricchio—University...

Posted February 15, 2013 by DWOOD

Planning on being active in your association after you graduate? Great! For students, the best place to start being active and also gain leadership skills and more is through one of the 64 ALA Student Chapters. Student Chapters enhance students’ ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses. Individuals currently enrolled in a traditional or distance program of study in MLS/MLIS, CAEP, or LTA schools are eligible for ALA student membership. Through its ALA Scholarship Program, the American Library Association (ALA) is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To...

Posted December 10, 2012 by DWOOD

Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are  (in alphabetical order by last name of student): Mallory Arents—Syracuse University (NY) Jay Ballenberger—Emporia State...

Posted December 10, 2012 by DWOOD

Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are  (in alphabetical order by last name of student): Kirsten Anderson—University of Rhode Island (RI) Mallory Arents—Syracuse...

Posted January 31, 2012 by DWOOD

Forty ALA Student Chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are  (in alphabetical order by last name of student): Elizabeth Anastasi—State University of New York, Albany (NY) Elizabeth Borghi—...

Posted August 10, 2011 by DWOOD

A new FAQ, ALA Student Chapter Answers, helps explain how the ALA and ALA Student Chapters partnership works and provides easy access to ALA resources for Student Chapters. It also shows ways to get involved in ALA Student Chapters and ALA. Questions answered include: "What Are ALA Student Chapters?"; "How Do I Start a Student Chapter" and Why, or The Benefits!"; "What Can the ALA Student Chapters Do for Themselves and Others?"; "What Else Does ALA Offer Student Chapters?"; and "Where to Find Additional Resources for ALA Student Chapters." In addition to answering...

Posted May 3, 2011 by DWOOD

One of the best things a prospective MLIS student can do when preparing for a future in librarianship is to take advantage of all of the opportunities offered through professional organizations. The Student Chapters of ALA offered at Library Schools across the country are a fantastic way for students to jumpstart their career while building new relationships and getting hands on experience. Regardless of whatever stage you are presently in, this opportunity offers a wide range of possibilities for any student looking to strengthen their library and information skills. 1. Networking Opportunities Networking is essential in our...

Posted February 15, 2011 by DWOOD

Jim Rettig is University Librarian, Boatwright Memorial Library, University of Richmond and an ALA Past President (2008-2009).  Courtney L. Young is Head Librarian & Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, J. Clarence Kelly Library, Penn State Greater Allegheny, a member of the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012), and Immediate Past President of the ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT). Over the years, our involvement in ALA has given us opportunities for professional development and to give back to the profession—opportunities we definitely would not have enjoyed without ALA.  One way we are giving...