Professional Organizations and Listservs

Professional organizations, listservs, and discussion groups are valuable resources for students to explore careers, network with professionals, and stay up to date with current trends in the field.

Professional Organizations

iSchool student chapters and organizations
Students benefit from involvement in professional organizations at the national level, but important opportunities for involvement and leadership are also available through student organizations at the iSchool.

General careers

Academic libraries

Public libraries

Youth services/K-12

Special libraries

Nonprofit/government/community informatics

Corporate libraries and information centers

Digital and information technology

Special collections (rare books, archives, preservation, conservation, museums)

Data curation


International librarianship

LIS education

There are many active professional organizations at both the regional and state levels, such as the Illinois Library Association. Research to see if there is an association where you live or where you want to live.

Listservs and Discussion Groups

Students: Connect with others in iSchool groups here.