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SLIM Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

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


Emporia State University’s Student Chapter of the American Library Association (ESU SCALA)

SCALA officers and faculty accepted the 2017 Student Chapter of the Year award from the New Member’s Round Table of the American Library Association:

Emporia State University’s award-winning Student Chapter of the American Library Association is an organization for SLIM students by SLIM students. SCALA is dedicated to supporting the educational and professional goals of its members, by providing opportunities for social engagement and networking, service and leadership activities, library tours, interview and resume preparation assistance, and scholarships for professional development. All SLIM students are members of SCALA and are valued as such. Our goal is to give every student a chance to express their opinion, an opportunity to learn something new, and the potential to make an impact on the field of library and information science.

SCALA has six officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, and Events Coordinator. These positions are filled by election, which is held each fall – with the exception of President, which is selected in spring. We encourage all interested members, regardless of which location they are a student of, to run for office. Officers get tremendous leadership and teamwork experience, in addition to the good feeling of contributing to the professional development of future library and information professionals. Representatives are also selected for each cohort at SLIM, and remain in place until their cohort has graduated.

SLIM students are encouraged to become active in their membership in SCALA. They may follow the SCALA Facebook page at, and view the website at the links provided below. These two resources are excellent ways to stay in touch about the ongoing activities of SCALA, and to let your voice be heard. You may always contact the organization directly via or contact officers and your representative via the email addresses provided on SCALA’s website. We look forward to hearing from YOU!

Students at all regional locations are encouraged to be involved

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.

Beta Phi Mu - Beta Epsilon Chapter

Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in August, 1948, by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.

In 1969, Beta Phi Mu was formally admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. In 1997, Beta Phi Mu became affiliated with the American Library Association.

Regular membership, including the privileges of voting, holding office, and chapter affiliation, is extended by invitation to candidates at any college or university where the American Library Association has accredited a professional degree program, all other programs offered under the direction of the same faculty, and who fulfill the membership requirements.

Each chapter is allowed to invite no more than twenty-five percent of the annual graduating class. Invitations to membership are based upon academic eligibility and a faculty assessment of candidates’ professional leadership potential. There is not an application process and there is no time limit for acceptance of invitation.

The Beta Phi Mu chapter at the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, started in 1973, is known as “Beta Epsilon.” The purpose of this chapter is to recognize high scholarship in the study of librarianship, and to sponsor appropriate professional and scholarly projects.

For more information visit the Beta Phi Mu – Beta Epsilon Chapter website at

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

Regional Library Associations

For more information about state, and regional organizations in which you would like to participate, please contact your regional director.

National Organizations

Students can join the 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:

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. For the most current list and how to join each group, please visit Hornet Life.

Associated Student Government works with individuals and organizations to make sure that the views and opinions of students are heard by university administration. They are also responsible for the funding of many of the activities held on and off campus.