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Student Organizations

Click on the names below for short descriptions of each organization, names of officers, and links to websites and social media accounts.

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Information and 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 regarding school policies and issues, plans social events, and coordinates professional development opportunities.

Any SILS student of any level, part-time or full-time, from any background or area of interest is welcome! By being a student, you’re already a member of ILSSA.

  • Governance Committee Graduate Chair: Harry Hoy (
  • Governance Committee Undergraduate Chair: David Gonzalez Chavez
  • Treasurer: Sean Amiel
  • Technology Committee Chair: Jasmin Alvarez Martinez
  • New Student Outreach Coordinator: Jenna Lloyd
  • Community Development Co-Chairs: Victoria Neff & Julianna Surkin
  • Archives Committee Chair: Hannah Nicholson
  • Faculty Liaison: Dean Jeffrey Bardzell
Doctoral Students Association (DSA)
The DSA is the official organization for SILS PhD 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. Learn more about the DSA at

Current officers:

  • Aashka Dave
  • Robert Manzo
  • Lingyu Wang
Community Workshop Series (CWS)

This is a student-led volunteer initiative between UNC’s School of Library & Information Science (SILS) and local libraries. The organization’s mission, “Digital Literacy for All”, is accomplished by teaching free computer and technology classes to library patrons. Topics span from smartphone basics, computer basics, search engine basics, drop-in tech help, internet basics, Google apps, and more.

CWS currently partners with four local libraries: Chapel Hill Public Library, Carrboro Cybrary, Durham County Southwest Branch, and Durham County Main Branch.

Graduate Student Coordinator: Cat Rashid

Queer Library & Information Collective (QLIC)
QLIC (Queer Library & Information Collective) is a queer student organization that strives to create an inclusive space for all students to excel academically and socially. Based at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, we host social events and contribute to student outreach and advocacy efforts. We value and support queer and intersectional feminist interests within our school, community, and the information and library science fields. We recognize the intersectionality of oppression and strive to create a welcoming and just environment. QLIC is open to everyone. Email:

Flourish is a student group intended to enhance community, networking, and support for students of color and international students at SILS.


  • Julian Lee
  • Angelique Marrero
  • Iliana Burgos
  • Criss Guy


Future Leaders of User Experience (FLUX)
An organization for graduates and undergraduates aiming to engage in conversation and build skills and a community based on a shared passion of user experience.

Acting President: Patrick Conway


  • Noe Brown
  • Sarah Casteel
  • Jacob Ethan Koller
  • Ayana More
  • Anh Nguyen
  • Feyza Teke

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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: Callie Beattie (
  • Vice President & Treasurer: Margaret Steitz
  • Secretary: Hannah Southern

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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.

Current Board:

  • President: Nadia Merritt
  • Vice President: Melina Flores
  • Secretary: Simone Gillespie
  • Treasurer: Collin Drummond
  • Program Planner: 

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Student Association of Black Librarians (SABL)
The Student Association of Black Librarians (S.A.B.L) aims to create a space for community, professional development, and camaraderie between black Library and Information Science students. We strive to be a safe and welcoming place for all members to share experiences, ideas, and connections.

  • President: Saija Wilson
  • Treasurer: Denise Mantey


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 career development events and mixers, schedules speakers, and explores volunteer and field experience possibilities.

  • President: Denise Mantey
  • Vice-President: Kensi Laube
  • Secretary: Jillian MacKinnon
  • Treasurer: Belle Kozubowski
  • Webmaster: Hannah Helmey
  • Liaison: Maddie Conley


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