Student Associations & Groups
The primary purpose of the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Library and Information Science is to:
- Advocate LIS student interests to LIS Council, Graduate School of Education, GSA Senate, and ad-hoc University committees to voice students' questions, comments, and concerns on Departmental and University operations.
- Provide funding for student events, department events, and conference reimbursement. Conference reimbursement is a mechanism to allow students to gain valuable conference experience without burdening the entire cost.
- Host social events for its members, either through our own initiative or by supporting other organizations within the field of library science. This is achieved through parties, service activities and other sponsored events which provide the chance to network with those who will be our professional peers.
The American Library Association is the major governing organization in the United States for library professionals. Their mission is:
“To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” (ala.org)
The UB-ALA Student Chapter adapts the parent association's mission while also adding several other focuses. Predominantly, the student run chapter plans and organizes events while providing opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and community service. Essentially, the chapter works to supplement the LIS student's academic experience with professional development tools and information. This includes the opportunity to join other library based organizations as well as to apply for scholarships, grants, or participate in interesting seminars.
For more information about the purpose and aims of the UB-ALA Student Chapter, please visit the "About" page on the chapter's blog. (http://ubstudentala.wordpress.com/about-us/)
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) seeks to support information professionals with the tools and skills necessary to compete in today’s information society. A special library is a library or information center whose needs are defined by a specific profession, topic or subject.
UB SLA, the on-campus student extension, aims to support students interested in special libraries through integrated events, seminars, and activities with local librarians. We are interested in educating our fellow students about special librarians’ niches and craftsmanship. Some of the things we do include: holding job hunt workshops; hosting panels about special libraries; integrating technology in special seminars; and visiting local special libraries.
Special Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 9,000 members, is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1944, PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.
The University at Buffalo Public Libraries Association Student Club is a group which focuses on the professional development of future public librarians. This group was created to enhance our understanding of the field. As a group we encourage the exchange of ideas and information. Our goal is to assist and inform LIS students who are planning on entering the field of public librarianship. Our club is committed to connecting students to professionals and professors who are working and have worked in the field of public libraries and are willing and eager to share their knowledge.