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

The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison American Library Association Student Chapter (UW ALA-SC) is to provide professional and academic development and support, promote community, and encourage leadership among both on-campus and distant members. We uphold the mission of our parent organization, the American Library Association, and agree that the advancement and improvement of libraries and librarianship is our highest goal.

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Allied Drive Literacy Time

Allied Drive Literacy Time’s purpose is to support the development of literacy skills by creating a strong and resilient connection between reading and positive growth for the children at the Allied Learning Center in Madison’s Allied-Dunn Neighborhood. Please visit our website to learn more.

Website: https://slisallied.wordpress.com/

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iSchool UX & Data Management Student Group

The iSchool UX & Data Mgmt. group is a Slack group where iSchool students pursuing careers in UX, IT, data management and data analytics can connect, chat, and network in an informal atmosphere.

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Jail Library Student Group (JLG)

The JLG’s mission is to provide educational, recreational, and community resource reading materials to the people in the jail facilities in Dane County, Wisconsin. Our goals are:

To meet the educational, recreational, and community resource reading needs of the inmates.
To locate and share useful community resources with inmates that will help them or their families address and solve their needs.
To educate the volunteers and the local community about issues related to incarceration, poverty, crime, justice, and fairness that are a part of and affect our community, but of which many of us are not aware.
To improve the criminal justice system by involving the community, through volunteer service, in the process.
To provide a safe and constructive environment for diverse people to come together, share, and learn from each other.

Website: https://jlg-wisc.weebly.com/

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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.

Website: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/reforma

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SAA-SC (Society of American Archivists-Student Chapter)

The SAA Student Chapter (SAA-SC) is for all iSchool students interested in archives and archive-adjacent fields. It’s a place to meet archivists and fellow archives students, talk about archives in theory and practice, and work on professional development.

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

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 American Indian communities, sharing our skills, knowledge, and resources to identify and address specific areas of information, literacy, and cultural preservation needs.

Website: http://www.tlamproject.org/

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UW-Madison iSchool Gaming Group

The UW-iSchool Gaming Group is a non-competitive, recreational game group for UW-Madison iSchool students interested in playing a variety of board games. Our goal with the group is to be a supportive community for students who want to have fun playing board games both in-person and virtually.

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WLA Student Special Interest Group

Through networking and meet and greet events, the Wisconsin Library Association promotes libraries throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Library Association also allows individuals to receive more information about library-related professional opportunities for library students, those interested in libraries throughout the state, and those interested in the history of Wisconsin libraries. The Wisconsin Library Association also promotes libraries and librarianship to the Wisconsin legislature. Upcoming events may be virtual.

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