Click on the names below for short descriptions of each organization, names of officers, and links to websites and social media accounts. In addition to the SILS website and listservs, the ILSSA website offers information on student groups and events, and can be a valuable resource for new and returning students. 

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 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.

  • Graduate President: Jade Bruno
  • Undergraduate President: Carmen Silva
  • Vice President: Advaith Deo
  • Secretary & Technical Coordinator: Allison Kittinger
  • Treasurer: Joan Xia
  • New Student Outreach Coordinator: Sarah Wall
  • Faculty Liaison: Dean Gary Marchionini

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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.

Current officers:

  • Laura March
  • Robert Manzo
  • Kelsey Urgo

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: Kayla Olson
  • Vice-President: Lulu Zilinskas
  • Treasurer: Carrie Hill
  • Secretary: Florence Sloan
  • Webmaster: Grace Van Fleet

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Association 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.

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CheckedOut: SILS Diversity

CheckedOut is the SILS student organization that promotes discussion of diversity issues in LIS education and the field.

  • President: Laura Carroll
  • Vice President: Jenna Wine
  • Treasurer: Jade Bruno
  • Secretary: Margaret Shelton
  • Webmaster: Mara Plantholt

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Flourish

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

Co-organizers:
Mariesha McAdoo
Karina Soni

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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.

Co-organizers:

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

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Society for the Study of Incunabula, Manuscripts, and Rare Books (SSIMR)

SSIMR is a student group founded at UNC-Chapel Hill to support scholarship and professional skills pertaining to the collection and study of rare books and documents, and special collection librarianship. Our mission is to promote the study of manuscripts, incunabula, and other rare books and documents by students and community members through providing resources and a forum for scholarship pertaining to those subjects.

  • President: Yuqiao (Brigette Cao)
  • Vice President: Kate Trathen
  • Treasurer: Allyson Take
  • Webmaster: Lidia Morris
  • Programming Chair: Gaby Hale
  • Secretary: Nicole Cvjetnicanin

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.

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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: Lidia Morris

  • Vice-President: Gillian McCuistion 

  • Secretary: Criss Guy

  • Treasurer: Iliana Burgos

  • Webmaster: Erin Wallace

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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: Carolyn Welker
  • Vice-President: Katie Greene
  • Faculty Liaison: Dr. Helen Tibbo

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Professional Organizations

ALA? MLA? CLA? PLA? ASIS&T ACRL? ALISE? AMIA? Feel like you're drowning in an alphabet soup of acronyms since joining the library and information science world? Click the button below for a list with links and context for the most prominent state, national, and international professional organizations. Our list may not be comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start.