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Student Organizations

Student Organizations University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences

Participating in student chapters of national organizations is an excellent way to obtain leadership skills, learn about professional organizations, network with professionals of similar interest, and stay apprised of trends in the field! Membership in at least one national organization is highly recommended to all students.

Our SIS student chapter and organization leaders facilitate and encourage communication between the faculty and students, and promotes the student body's social, educational, and professional interests. These elected officers and committee chairpersons plan and coordinate programs during the academic year. Join today, work with your student chapter representations, and help shape the direction of SIS programs and initiates!

All enrolled students are eligible for membership. The following organizations are represented at SIS:


American Library Association and Tennessee Library Association (ALA/TLA) UTK Student Chapter

The purposes and aims of this organization are to facilitate and encourage participation in the American Library Association and the Tennessee Library Association; to acquaint members with the goals, objectives and resources of the American Library Association and the Tennessee Library Association; to provide the members of the Student Chapter with official representation to the American Library Association, the Tennessee Library Association and other relevant organizations; to actively promote involvement in professional activities beyond the classroom; to provide a local forum for the exchange of ideas and information about trends, issues, and opportunities in the profession; to develop skills and relationships that will enable students to have a creative impact on the profession; and to increase awareness of local and national issues in library and information sciences.

Why Become a Student Member of ALA/TLA?
 

  • Strengthen libraries and the profession.
  • Connect to a network of dedicated library professionals. 
  • Networking opportunities with information professionals and other information sciences students.

Communication Resources
 

How to Join

By virtue of being a UTK-SIS student, you are welcome to attend all meetings and other UTK-ALA/TLA Student Chapter events. However, by becoming a supporting member of the UTK-ALA/TLA Student Chapter, you will help to ensure that the student chapter can continue to promote important professional development and social events.

Join the ALA/TLA UTK Student Chapter

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) UTK Student Chapter

ASIS&T is a multidisciplinary organization with more than 4,000 members from fields such as librarianship, computer science, linguistics, management, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education. ASIS&T helps these professionals keep up with the rapid advancements and changes in library and information science, communications, networking, and computer science.

Why Become a Student Member of ASIS&T?
 

  • Networking opportunities with information professionals and other Information Sciences students
  • Professional development and publications
  • Discounted registration fees for ASIS&T Summits and Annual Meetings
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Access to ASIS&T's JobLine and Digital Library

If you are considering an information career outside a traditional library, ASIS&T is a great resource. Many information scientists in traditional libraries also find that ASIS&T provides them with valuable connections and information to help their careers and path to lifelong learning. The UT student chapter is excited to offer opportunities for leadership and involvment. Please join us to share your ideas and energy!

Communication Resources
 

How to Join

Whether you are a distance education or an on-campus student, we welcome your participation in our student chapter. Meetings will be available via Zoom. ASIS&T is an international organization, and the UT chapter is part of the larger organization. Membership in the national organization is required. Become an ASIS&T member online today, and then email your ASIS&T application confirmation to SIS.

Join the ASIS&T UTK Student Chapter

Special Libraries Association (SLA) UTK Student Chapter

Special librarians are information professionals dedicated to putting knowledge to work to attain the goals of their organizations. They are employed most frequently by corporations, private businesses, government agencies, museums, colleges, hospitals, associations, and information management consulting firms. The Special Libraries Association supports the professional development and interests of librarians in this area of information science. The student chapter at the University of Tennessee sponsors events, educates members of happenings within the profession and provides valuable opportunities for networking.

As a UTK-SIS student, you are welcome at all meetings and other SLA-UTK Student Chapter sponsored events without being an organization member. However, by joining the SLA-UTK Student Chapter, you will help to support the student chapter as it continues to promote professional development and social events.

Why Become a Student Member of SLA? 

  • Strengthen special libraries and the profession.
  • Connect to a network of dedicated special library professionals.
  • Networking opportunities with information professionals and other information sciences students.

Communication Resources
 

How to Join
Whether you are an on-campus or distance education student, we encourage you to begin growing in the profession through SLA membership! Joining SLA-UTK does not require membership in national SLA, but membership in the national organization is encouraged.

Join the SLA UTK Student Chapter

Society of American Archivists (SAA) UTK Student Chapter

The Society of American Archivists is an archival professional organization dedicated to serving the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

Why Become an SAA Member? 

  • Strengthen the archivist profession.
  • Connect to a network of dedicated archivist professionals. 
  • Networking opportunities with archvist professionals and other information sciences students.

Communication Resources
 

How to Join

Membership in the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter is open to all students regardless of race, sex, handicap, religion, or national origin. All members should be a full- or part-time graduate student formally admitted to and enrolled in the School of Information Sciences. Membership of the national Society of American Archivists is also required.

Join the SAA UTK Student Chapter