Joining and participating in student chapters of national organizations is an excellent way of obtaining leadership skills, learning about the organizations, and staying apprised of trends in the field. Student member dues for national professional associations vary, but are inexpensive. Membership in at least one national organization is highly recommended.
The SIS Student Association facilitates and encourages communication between the faculty and students and promotes student social, educational, and professional interests. An executive board composed of elected officers and committee chairpersons plans and coordinates programs during the academic year. All enrolled students are eligible for membership.
The following organizations are represented at SIS:
- American Library Association/Tennessee Library Association (ALA/TLA)
- Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST)
- Special Libraries Association (SLA)
- Society of American Archivists (SAA)
Some student organization meetings are recorded, especially when there is a special speaker. Video playback is available for current SIS students on the UTK-SIS Student Organizations video channel. Login with UT NetI is required for viewing.
Current Faculty Advisors to the student organizations are listed on the SIS Faculty Committee Assignment page.
The Student Coordinating Council (SCC) serves as the government for the SIS student body, promotes and strengthens a spirit of community within SIS, and serves as a link between the SIS administration and its students.
Society of American Archivists
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.
To view our chapter's constitution, please click here.
How to Join
Download our application here and follow the instructions.
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Carolyn Hank: email@example.com
Special Libraries Association
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.
SLA @ UT... get involved!
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.
Whether you are an on-campus or distance education student, we encourage you to begin growing in the profession through SLA membership!
- Download a membership form now.
- SLA-UTK membership dues are $5.00.
- Joining SLA-UTK does not require membership in national SLA, but membership in the national organization is encouraged.
Wade Bishop, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Join National SLA!
National SLA - Student memberships cost only $40. Receive a subscription to "Information Outlook" as well as all resources available to regular members.
National Events - Did you know that students are welcome at national SLA events? Student volunteer opportunities are also available.
SLA Scholarships & Awards - SLA awards $30,000 in scholarships annually.
SLA Student Community - Connect with students from other schools here!
SLA Career Center - The career center contains essential tools to achieve your goals as a special librarian.
- Southern Appalachian Chapter-SLA - Get acquainted with local SLA members who already work in the field.
- Join the UTK-SLA Facebook page
- Check out our UTK student organization page
ASIS&T - UT-Knoxville 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.
Benefits of membership in the student chapter and the international organization include:
- 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 membership is a great connection. 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!
ASIS&T Annual Dues
ASIS&T is an international organization, and the UT chapter is part of the larger organization. Join ASIS&T online today, and then, print and mail your application to the UT student chapter.
- Click here to join the UTK Student Chapter ($5 chapter membership)
- Click here to join the international organization ($40 student membership)
Officers of the ASIS&T UTK Student Chapter
American Library Association and Tennessee Library Association
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bharat Mehra (email@example.com)
How to Join ALA/TLA
If you are interested in joining just the campus organization for $5.00, please fill out this form and return it to the School of Information Sciences with payment enclosed.
Please note, if you join ALA/TLA through the joint membership application process you do not have to pay the $5.00 campus organization fee. TLA will distribute funds to the student organization through the $38.00 joint membership fee.