The first place to go is SLIS’s website to see a list of organizations. Explore the SLIS website for opportunities to become involved. There are organizations that are general, such as ALA, with many different sections, state organizations, and organizations for specific interests such as music, archives, law, theology, etc.
Every student enrolled in LIBR 200 receives a complimentary membership to ALA.
ALA Connect is another way for you to find and connect with other members around professional interests, issues, advocacy, your job, the work of the Association, meeting up with friends & colleagues when you attend ALA conferences, and the like. Some folks have referred to this as "ALA's social network," but it's more accurate to think of it as ALA's professional network, an online version of what has traditionally taken place in the physical world. Each division and community in ALAhas its own ALA Connect space.When an announcement went out on a listserv that I subscribe to for an opportunity to be involved in an informal test of the new cataloging standard that will be replacing RDA, I signed up. ALA ALCTS was the forum for collaborating with 25 others in testing serial records using the new description guidelines. I have a membership in both ALCTS and LITA. Once the testing period was over, the group met at the ALA Midwinter conference in San Diego and I got to meet many of the other testers in person. When you start to refine your interests in the library profession, you will start seeing familiar faces at future conferences and workshops.
http://www.nasig.org/The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, understanding, and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information community. If you have an interest in serial publications, metadata and cataloging.There are many awards students can apply for including conference travel and education,
The editor of the PNLA journal is a SLIS professor, and many students who take her class end up contributing to the PNLA journal. It is peer reviewed. So, as you write your papers for your classes, consider submitting them for publication.
www.asindexing.orgThis is a good organization to become involved with if you are interested in taxonomies, vocabulary design and creating BOTB indexes. Very often in SLIS program you will be asked to conduct field studies that involve interviewing professionals in various aspects of library profession. ASI is a good resource if you decide to take LIBR 247 Vocabulary design and indexing.
Many of the organizations have Facebook and Twitter pages, or other ways to connect with its members that go beyond the formal website. Members stat up to date by following or subscribing to various feeds, pages and tweets.
11 Divisions: American Association of School Librarians (AASL) ,Assn. of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) , Assn. for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) , Assn. for Library Service to Children (ALSC) , Assn. of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations , Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) , Library and Information Technology Assn. (LITA) , Library Leadership & Management Assn. (LLAMA) , Public Library Assn. (PLA), Reference & User Services Assn. (RUSA) , The Young Adult Library Services Assn. (YALSA)
For more info go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/index.cfm
Opportunities and benefits for student members: http://www.ala.org/ala/membership/whoisala/students/index.cfm</li></li></ul><li>ALA’s Office of Diversity - Spectrum Scholarship<br /><ul><li>traditionally underrepresented groups (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, not necessarily limited to these groups)
$5000 scholarship, trip to ALA annual, Spectrum Leadership Institute, 1 year free ALA membership plus division memberships, mentoring and networking opportunities, awards/scholarships from other organizations specifically for Spectrum Scholars
For more information including eligibility requirements go to: </li></ul>http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversity/spectrum/scholarshipinformation.cfm<br />
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)<br />Who should join YALSA?:<br /><ul><li>Do you have in interest in working with young adults (teens 13-20 years old)?
Do you like YA lit? </li></ul>What is YALSA known for?:<br /><ul><li>Printz Award (YA literary excellence), Best Books lists (awards in many categories) </li></ul>Membership Benefits:<br /><ul><li>discounts on products and books, discounted registration for online courses, webinars, conferences, and more
more than $40,000 in grants and awards for members each year
subscriptions to publications like YALSA's award-winning quarterly journal and a monthly e-newsletter
professional support, including networking, volunteer opportunities, and practical resources</li></ul>Cost:<br /><ul><li>$53 for student members ($33 for ALA/$20 for YALSA)
When you join ALA you add YALSA for $20 extra dollars</li></ul>Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/joinus/joinus.cfm<br />
ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services:<br />Members of ALCTS receive a subscription to the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, Library Resources & Technical Services. <br />Opportunities to attend webinars, workshops, e-forums; many are free.<br />Opportunities to contribute to the profession by serving on committees and contributing papers and posters.<br />
California Library Association (CLA)<br />CLA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services, librarianship, and the library community. We help members excel in a fast-changing job market. We're a resource for learning about new ideas and technology, and we actively work to influence legislation affecting libraries and librarians.<br />Check to see if your state has a library organization.<br />
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)<br />
Special Libraries Association (SLA)<br />SLA Connections Newsletter<br />Events<br />Membership directory<br />Publications<br />Student groups<br />Click University for continuing professional development<br />Resources<br />Career Center<br />www.sla.org<br />
Other Archivist Associations<br />Society of California Archivists<br />Society of Southwest Archivists<br />Seattle Area Archivists<br />Northwest Archivists, Inc.<br />Chicago Area Archivists<br />
REFORMA<br />APALA<br />Goals of REFORMA:<br />Develop Spanish-language and Latino-oriented library collections<br />Recruit bilingual/bicultural library personnel<br />Promote libraries and librarianship among Latinos<br />Advocate for the information needs of Latino community<br />$5 Annual Dues (waived the first year)<br />26 chapters<br /><ul><li>Address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities
Support and encourage library services to Asian/Pacific American communities
Recruit and mentor Asian/Pacific American librarians in LIS professions