University of Wisconsin–Madison

Information School Student Organizations

Involvement in student organizations is highly encouraged as an integral part of the iSchool experience, affording opportunities for the growth of professional and leadership skills and developing a network.

ALA-SC (American Library Association) Student Chapter

ALA is the largest professional organization in the field of library and information studies. There are numerous divisions, committees, and interest groups within the organization. Student membership is at a greatly reduced price and includes a subscription to American Libraries and member rates for other publications and services. ALA-SC organizes opportunities for professional development, social functions, and fundraising events. Such events include the t-shirt design contests, biannual pub crawls, and resume workshops. UW-Madison ALA-SC strives to enhance the student experience within the field of librarianship through activities which foster growth professionally, academically, and socially, and we invite all iSchool students to join.

Allied Drive Literacy Time

iSchool students and librarians from across campus provide book-based programming to high energy and lap-loving kindergarten and first grade children. Programs take place at the Allied Drive Learning Center, which is run by Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), a department of the Madison Metro School District (MMSD). Joining Allied Drive Storytime provides great experience planning and executing youth service and outreach programming. These programs are not only a lot of fun and great experience, but also a great benefit to the kids by increasing their exposure to books and other types of literacy activities. If you like kids and books, this is the place for you!

ALSO (Academic Librarianship Student Organization)

ALSO is a student organization devoted to all aspects of academic librarianship. Any and all iSchool students interested in learning about academic library services, operations, and technologies are invited to participate in – and learn about – academic librarianship. ALSO offers students an opportunity to build connections with academic libraries across the state, while engaging in student-run discussions, lectures and workshops.

Jail Library Student Group

The Jail Library Student Group provides educational, recreational and community resource reading materials to the inmates of the Dane County jails. The group operates two libraries, one in the City County Building (CCB) Jail and one in the Public Safety Building (PSB) Jail. The libraries’ collections consist entirely of donated materials acquired by student group members. Group members are asked to make a one-year commitment to the program and to volunteer for one or two shifts per month. Other ways to participate in the Jail Library Group include fundraising, volunteer recruitment and collection development. This is a unique opportunity to work with an underserved population and gain valuable experience in readers’ advisory and reference service, collection development, and fundraising. Another way to participate in the Jail Library Group is through Kids Connection. Volunteers go to the PSB Jail and/or the Ferris Center to record an inmate reading a book to his or her child. The child then receives the cassette recording along with the new book. This rewarding and enjoyable program promotes literacy and encourages family connections. A one-year commitment and one to two shifts per month are also expected with Kids Connection.

K-12 LIB

K-12 LIB is designed to support the educational growth of individuals interested in K-12 information literacy, literature for youth, and technology and their relation to school libraries. Through group events and discussions, we strive to facilitate a deeper understanding of the Common Core, information literacy standards, and the future of digital learning. We will also allow for networking opportunities between student groups, professionals, and the community at-large. We encourage anyone interested in school librarianship or children and youth services in public libraries to join!

LGBTQ Library Group

The LGBTQ Library Group is a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool that strives to promote library students’ professional interest and aptitude in serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) communities in all library settings. The organization seeks to create awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ patrons through guest speakers, service projects, workshops, field trips, as well as providing library students with networking and professional development opportunities. All students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity interested in service to LGBTQA patrons are welcome.

LITA (Library and Information Technology) Student Group

This group is a student chapter of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Technology is a powerful aid in LIS-related work… and sometimes it’s also just plain cool. The LITA student group welcomes learners and experts alike, and explores the intersection of Technology and LIS through group-sponsored presentations and hands-on technology opportunities.

Phi Beta Phi Mu (International Library and Information Science Honor Society)

Beta Phi Mu was founded at the University of Illinois in 1948 to promote scholarship through the maintenance of high standards for admission to its ranks, through publications distinguished for their content and design, through important lecture series in its chapters, and through the provision of scholarships. Membership is granted to candidates who have completed advanced degrees at ALA accredited programs with a scholastic average of 3.75 or higher. Other requirements include recommendation by the faculty of the school and acceptance of the invitation within five years. The Society was formally admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1968. The Beta Beta Epsilon chapter of Beta Phi Mu was formed in 1984 at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Any member of the Society in good standing is eligible to join the local chapter.

Print Culture Society

The Print Culture Society is a campus-based organization of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to learn about various aspects of print culture. The Print Culture Society seeks to promote print culture education by disseminating information about print culture resources, campus and community events, and international print culture study opportunities.

REFORMA Student Group

REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. An affiliate of the American Library Association, REFORMA was established in 1971 and currently has twenty-six chapters across the nation. The iSchool REFORMA student group is the first student chapter of the national association. iSchool REFORMA seeks to promote students’ professional interest in serving Spanish-speaking populations. iSchool REFORMA provides opportunities to discuss best practices with library professionals, workshops to develop professional skills, and community engagement activities that support Madison’s Latino population. All students interested in working with Spanish-speaking populations in any library and information service setting are welcome to join iSchool REFORMA. Bilingual ability is not required.

SAA-SC (Society of American Archivists) Student Chapter

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. The SAA offers many sections and roundtables devoted to different aspects of archival work, professional publications, a mentoring program, and continuing education. The SAA Student Chapter (SAA-SC) provides opportunities for students who are interested in the documentation of the human experience to discuss issues concerning archives, develop contacts amongst working archivists and peers, and become involved in professional activities. Student chapter activities include field trips to archival institutions, speakers, social interactions, and fund-raising activities.

SLA (Special Libraries Association) Student Group

The SLA is an international organization of librarians and information specialists who work in libraries, information agencies, or technical information centers that serve a particular client group or have a specialized subject orientation. There are many subject-oriented divisions and geographically-based chapters that members can join. The student chapter hosts colloquia, tours (both physical and electronic), and discussions, and sometimes carpools to SLA Wisconsin Chapter meetings in the Milwaukee area. SLASC also has a mentoring program, a web page, and an email discussion list.

Information School Doctoral Students Association

The doctoral and specialist students at the iSchool seek to engender a community of collaboration between Master’s students, Faculty, Staff, and Advanced Students within our program.

Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Student Group

Energized by the learning experience of the TLAM class’ projects and activities, MA students created a new TLAM Student Group in the fall of 2011. The Mission of the TLAM Student Group is to inform and engage members of the UW-Madison community on the issues and challenges found in tribal libraries, archives, and museums through service learning. We seek to build and sustain meaningful partnerships with Wisconsin’s Native American communities, sharing our skills, knowledge, and resources to identify and address specific areas of information, literacy, and cultural preservation needs. The TLAM Student Group also plays a supportive role to the TLAM Class, helping to sustain the different service learning projects year-round by continuing build relationships with our partners and assist in identifying new service opportunities.