Student Organizations

SILS offers a variety of organizations for students. For individual student contact information, see the UNC at Chapel Hill Campus Directory.

Information & Library Science Student Association (ILSSA)

ILSSA officers are liaisons between SILS students and faculty, alumni and the Graduate & Professional Student Federation.

The organization provides a forum for discussion and action relating to school policies and issues, and plans social events and career investigation opportunities, which are featured along with other events of interest to SILS students on the ILSSA web site calendar. They inform students and faculty of current activities and issues. All SILS students are automatically ILSSA members.

  • President: Amelia Holmes
  • Vice President: Sara Thomas
  • Secretary: Colleen Daw
  • Treasurer: Laura Fogarty
  • Social Co-Chairs: Alex Japha & Elizabeth Shulman
  • New Student Outreach Coordinator: Rachel Sanders
  • Faculty Liaison: Dean Gary Marchionini  

Doctoral Students Association (DSA)

The DSA is the official organization for SILS Ph.D. students. All doctoral students are automatically members of the DSA. The organization works towards improving communication among doctoral students, masters students and faculty by participating in SILS governance and sending representatives to most SILS committees. They elect officers annually in November and hold monthly meetings.

  • Samantha Kaplan, Chair
  • Sarah Beth Nelson, Full-Time Representative
  • Emily Vardell, Part-Time Representative

Art & Museum Library & Information Student Society (AMLISS)

AMLISS aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore art, museum and visual resources librarianship and records management. Through lectures, workshops, special events and visits to museum and art libraries, AMLISS will promote these areas of specialization within the field of library and information science and records management to any interested students.

  • President: Kim Henze
  • Vice President: Colin Post
  • Webmaster: Sara Paschal
  • Secretary: Laura Fogarty
  • Treasurer: Anne Harding
  • Advisor: Heather Gendron

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

ASIS&T is the professional society for information science, fostering intellectual discourse and career development for information professionals worldwide.

The student chapter advances those goals at the local level, by sponsoring lectures, panel discussions, field trips, and other activities. They focus on areas such as database administration, information architecture, user-centered design, and web development.

  • President: Stephen Levin
  • Vice President: Bess Powell
  • Secretary: Emma Boettcher
  • Treasurer: Michael Chen
  • Webmaster: Bailey Jones
  • Faculty Liaison: Dr. Brad Hemminger      

Beta Phi Mu Honor Society

The SILS Epsilon chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international information and library science honor society, is located at UNC at Chapel Hill and takes its members from the SILS master's students' graduating class. To be eligible for membership, a graduate student must maintain an academic average equal to 3.75 on a 4.00 scale, show professional promise and be recommended by faculty. No more than 25 percent of a graduating class may be nominated for membership.

Information Science Student Undergraduates Empowered (ISSUE)

ISSUE was founded to promote the education of undergraduate information science students. The organization fosters communication among undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty; acclimates undergraduates into the SILS community; builds public awareness of information science; and represents the interests of undergraduates. Membership is extended to all undergraduate majors and minors and other undergraduates taking classes at SILS.

  • President: Kellie Carter
  • Curriculum Chair, Undergraduate Committee Rep: Miranda Kalbach
  • Employer Relations Chair, Personnel Committee Rep: Sarah Moody
  • Recruitment Chair, Diversity Committee Rep: Alex Rosenbower
  • Social Media Chairs: Yinong Zhang & Connie Zhu
  • Executive Committee Reps: Jennifer Davidowitz, Payal Patel

Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA)

The student chapter facilitates and encourages participation in the ALA and works to increase awareness and use of ALA resources. Also, SCALA provides a local forum for exchange of ideas and information about trends, issues and opportunities in the profession.

  • President: Rebecca Williams
  • Vice President: Abby Flanigan
  • Secretary: Rachel Hinrichs
  • Webmaster: Colin Post
  • Treasurer: Laura Dimmit
  • Faculty Liaison: Dr. Claudia Gollop     

Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCOSAA)

SCOSAA is dedicated to the professional development of SILS students by broadening their understanding of issues related to the archival, museum, and cultural heritage professions. The student chapter organizes field trips, schedules speakers and explores volunteer and field experience possibilities.

  • President: Anne Harding
  • Vice President: Matthew Cresson
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Shulman
  • Treasurer: Sara Thomas
  • Webmaster: Amelia Holmes
  • Faculty Liaison: Dr. Helen Tibbo    

Special Libraries Association (SLA)

A special library is an information agency sponsored by a private company, government agency, a not-for-profit organization, or a professional association. The student chapter of the SLA educates and involves students in special information and library center work environments and sponsors speakers from the professional community and frequent tours to area special libraries. Membership in a student chapter of the SLA helps to establish a close relationship between the individual and the state and national organization.

  • President: Wickliffe Shreve
  • Vice President: Michael Chen
  • Secretary: Ashlyn Velte
  • Treasurer: Bess Powell
  • Faculty Liaison: Rebecca Vargha  

CheckedOut: SILS Diversity

Formerly, the SILS Organization for LGBTQ issues, CheckedOut is now the SILS student organization that promotes discussion of all diversity issues in LIS education and the field.

  • Facilitator: Julia Glauberman
  • Community Liasion: Wickliffe Shreve
  • Communications Chair: Nora Weston

Coalition of Youth Librarians (COYL)

The Coalition of Youth Librarians (COYL) provides academic support, professional development, and socialization for SILS students pursuing School Media and Youth Services Librarianship.

  • President: Jeanne Stroud
  • Communications: Stephanie Carreira
  • Treasurer/Social Chair: Rachel Sanders