Student Organizations


American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter was founded in September 1981 as one of the "Charter Member" student chapters by two faculty members, Kathleen Heim McCook and Terry L. Weech. The chapter has been active in bringing candidates for ALA office and other notables in the profession to campus for guest lectures, organizing field trips and professional activities, and coordinating student travel to ALA conferences.

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

The University of Illinois Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter began in the fall of 1977 at the initiative of master's student Barbara Rapp and with Linda C. Smith serving as its first advisor. The Student Chapter is a registered student organization at Illinois and has been active since 1977 in sponsoring programs—lectures, field trips, projects—to supplement coursework offered at Illinois in information science. The student chapter was selected in 1987 as the winner of the first Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award, established by ASIST to recognize outstanding student chapters for their participation in, and contributions to, the Society and the advancement of information science.

Chinese Student Group

The Chinese Student Group was formed in December 2004. The goals of this group are: 1) establishing strong communication and interaction between iSchool Chinese students and alumni, other student groups and library communities regarding study, life and career; 2) serving as a leadership learning and practicing environment for Chinese students in American culture; and 3) serving as a bridge between the School and China in order to contribute to LIS research, practice, and education in a global context.

Data Science Club

The iSchool Data Science Club was founded to increase exposure to data-oriented careers through special projects, speaker series about cutting edge research in data science, and networking events with top data science companies. ischooldatascienceclub [at] (Contact us by e-mail) with questions or to request to be added to our mailing list. To find more about us, visit our Facebook Group - iSchool Data Science Club.

Progressive Librarians Guild

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is a student group that promotes open exchange of radical views on library issues. PLG members often team up with other groups to support progressive and democratic library activities locally, nationally, and internationally. The group offers students an opportunity to interact with one another, community members, and professionals in the field.

Queer Library Alliance

The Queer Library Alliance (QLA) is a group for students to explore ways that librarians and archivists can provide better service for their LGBTQ patrons. Social aspects of this group include a monthly book club, cake decorating for the edible books festival in the spring, and general outings throughout the year. Professional development is a critical part of QLA as well. For the past five years, QLA has sent a group of students to present at the Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC). We hope to continue this tradition as well as find other conferences that will provide students presentation experience. In the future, we may also plan trips to queer library spaces such as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Bloomington, Indiana, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, and Leather Archives & Museum located in Chicago.

You can find out more about our organization by contacting our president wat4 [at] (Billy Tringali) or by visiting our Moodle page.

The Society of American Archivists

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) is a student group that promotes archival awareness and interest within the iSchool community through lectures, seminars, convocations, and field trips. The group gives budding archivists a chance to interact with one another and professionals in the field. The chapter meets regularly and hosts a variety of on-campus and off-campus events and workshops throughout the year. All are welcome to join, participate, offer suggestions and improve the chapter. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact johanni2 [at] (subject: The%20Society%20of%20American%20Archivists) (Rachel Johannigmeier). Please visit our Facebook for updates on opportunities and events for our chapter!

Special Libraries Association

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international association of information professionals who work in special libraries serving business, research, government, universities, newspapers, museums, and institutions that use or produce specialized information.

Students of Color

The mission of the Students of Color (SOC) group is to create, support, and promote a community of library students of color at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and beyond. The goals of SOC are to develop the professional skills and personal growth of our members and add to the quality of the library community at large as well as to connect members by discussing individual research and through interactions at cultural center symposiums. We also strive to develop and enhance our professional skills while addressing issues of representation within academia.


Community Informatics Club

Community Informatics Club, launched in 2008, aims to provide opportunities for activism and connections with local community efforts, social and professional development, and an extension to the Community Informatics (CI) program. It is open to all students and other enthusiasts interested in CI.

Other Groups

iSchool Alumni Association

The mission of the iSchool Alumni Association (ISAA) is to support the School, to encourage active participation of alumni in the programs of the School and ISAA, to encourage students to become active, lifelong supporters of the School and ISAA, and to be a partner with the University of Illinois Alumni Association in supporting alumni in their professional lives. Contact the ischool-advancement [at] (Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations) for additional information.

Beta Phi Mu

The Alpha Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, an international library and information science honor society, was established at the Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois, in 1948. Today there are over 38 active chapters of the organization. More than 30,000 individuals have become members.

Additional Information

Support for Student Organizations

Students may seek registered student organization (RSO) status. Student groups organize numerous activities each year including speaker series, hands-on workshops, field trips, etc. In addition to developing learning-based events, groups organize fundraisers and other promotional activities. LIS-based RSOs may also request School funds to support activities designed to enrich and extend curricular offerings. These requests, including the names of officers/organizers and a description of the event(s) and/or any questions about student groups, may be sent to klucht [at] (Karla Lucht), academic advisor.

Additional Groups Involving Students

In addition to LIS student organizations, many students pursue scholarly interests through research groups and become involved in other campus-based organizations, such as:

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a student group consisting of a variety of people with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in computers. ACM is open to students, faculty, and staff in all fields at the University of Illinois. Within ACM, a variety of special interest groups (SIGs) focus on specific areas of computing, from computer graphics to mobile computing.

Additional Information

If you have questions about student organizations, or are interested in reviving or starting a group, please contact klucht [at] (Karla Lucht.)

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STUDENTS: Login to student group Moodle space here.