Current Student Resources

Get Connected

UB's Graduate School has a lot of helpful information, including your UBITname and Password, which is the key to access your email on the UB mail server, MyUB, and other online services. A UBITname is automatically assigned to all registered students. Visit here to get started and claim your UBITname. Please note that the single-use password is emailed to you and may go into a junk/spam folder.

As a UB student, you will use two web interface systems during the course of your MLS program.

  • MyUB a general web portal page that is tailored for students. The system provides personal information about your courses, grades, etc. as well as links to other UB sites that may be of interest.

  • UBLearns, a course portal page that includes course information, documents, assignments, discussion board, and other options for each course.

Get Email

In order to stay in touch with all that is going on within the program, it is strongly encouraged that you subscribe to the student listserv, UBMLS-L. The Department uses the list to convey important announcements and information to students. Additionally, you will find postings about student group activities, student concerns, books for sale, assistantship opportunities and more.

To subscribe to a list:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in UBMLS-L (all caps) as the list you would like to join
  3. You will next be prompted to enter your name and the email address you would like your messages delivered to.

Please note that if you are already subscribed to the list, the above instructions will unsubscribe you.

Other listservs maintained by the department include:

  • LIS-JOBS-LIST An open list which provides job postings.
  • LIS-ROCHESTER-LIST An open list primarily for students from the Rochester area.
  • LIS-LIST An open list for students, alumni, faculty, and friends.

You may subscribe or unsubscribe to these lists by following the above directions.

For more information on email liservervs, please check out this UB FAQ site:

Get Involved


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.

Graduate Student Association
web: LIS GSA Homepage
parent organization: GSA Homepage

Student ALA

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.” (

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. (

UB American Library Association
faculty advisor: none at this time
parent organization: American Library Association

Student SLA

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
web: SLA Homepage
faculty advisor: A. Ben Wagner
parent organization - national: SLA Website
parent organization - state: Upstate New York SLA chapter

Student PLA

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.

web: UB PLA Website
faculty advisor: Dr. Larry White
parent organization - national: PLA website