Professional organizations are an essential part of the library and information world, as they foster a vibrant professional community, and are an excellent way for students to become connected with their professional peers. Membership in a professional organization allows you to enhance your professional skills after graduation, as the organizations offer multiple opportunities for continuing education through conferences and workshops. SLIM students are strongly encouraged to join both the appropriate national and regional organizations to support both their own growth and development and that of the library and information profession.
The Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA)
SCALA at Emporia State University is dedicated to the educational, professional, service, and social enrichment of the students of the SLIM program. Membership in SCALA is free, and ALA membership, while not required, is encouraged. Officers consist of SLIM students, and elections for officers are held in the fall. SCALA encourages active member involvement in planning and directing group activities, which include library tours, service opportunities, social events, and much, much more. The group’s focus is broad-based, and SCALA strives to design resources and activities to benefit SLIM students interested in all aspects of librarianship and the information profession.
Students at all regional locations are encouraged to be involved
- Emporia Student Chapter of the American Library Association (Represents Emporia, Overland Park, Colorado, and Utah)
- Oregon Student Chapter of the American Library Association
The Student Chapter of the American Society of Archivists
The Emporia student chapter was formally recognized by the Society of American Archivists in 2015.
More information will be available shortly.
State and Regional Library Associations
It is vital for there to be strong library organizations at the local and regional level that can advocate for libraries within their own communities. Students are strongly encouraged to support their local library organizations through membership, to ensure their voices are heard at the local and regional level.
State Library Associations
- Colorado Association of Libraries
- Kansas Library Association
- Missouri Library Association
- Oregon Library Association
Regional Library Associations
- Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter of SLA
- Mountain Plains Library Association
- Pacific Northwest Library Association
For more information about state, and regional organizations in which you would like to participate, please contact your regional director.
Students can join American Library Association and receive American Libraries Magazine, reduced costs to conferences, and other valuable resources. In addition to the divisions of ALA, there are many Affiliate Organizations that may be of special interest to students, including:
- American Indian Library Association
- Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
- Association for Rural and Small Libraries
- Black Caucus of ALA
- Chinese American Librarians Association
- Medical Library Association
The Society of American Archivists offers a range of services and professional development for those in the archives profession.
The Special Libraries Association is a professional association of special libraries who are employed by a variety of organizations including corporations, government agencies, educational and research institutions, law firms, and medical facilities. It promotes the interests of information professionals as leaders in their organizations.
Emporia Campus Student Groups
There are many student groups available on the Emporia State University campus. The most current list and how to join each group please visit Hornet Life.