University of Rhode Island


This year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee praises the University of Rhode Island’s Student ALA for its accomplishments in each of the six categories related to the Student Chapter of the Year Award. The committee was impressed by the chapter’s innovative, detailed application and by their commitment to reviving and nurturing their chapter to grow from only a handful of students to nearly 1/3 of the student body. The chapter leadership has approached this in a well thought-out and organized way to ensure the continued success of the chapter, and the committee is impressed with their efforts to reach out to regional and distance students, their extensive collaboration with their state library association, and their ambitious programming including organizing a conference on career development for librarians and students in the region.

Dr. Lauren Mandel, Faculty Advisor to Student ALA at URI, stated, “Truly, Student ALA at URI has gone from being an organization in name only to becoming an active student organization with increasing membership, activities and events, and democratic elections.” Dr. Mandel's statement testifies to the dedication and determination of the Student ALA of URI.

Awards Won

Title Year
NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award
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 future 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 ALA conference attendance.
2013 - Winner(s)