Student Organizations

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Student organizations enhance the educational experience, providing opportunities to expand your skills and develop relationships. You also get to know yourself better—your strengths, your goals, and your ability to interact in a variety of situations.

In addition to iSchool sponsored groups, there are over 1800 registered student organizations (RSO) at the University of Illinois. The diversity and breadth of options are phenomenal.  If you are interested in starting a new group, there are online resources.

Want to make connections, explore your interests, and build new skill sets? Get involved in one or more of the many student and professional organizations available to iSchool students. The benefits include enhancing your leadership and teamwork skills, networking through events, interacting with diverse groups of people, and of course, having fun!

American Library Association (ALA)

Graduate students only

Our ALA student chapter, founded in September 1981, has a long history of bringing notable professionals to campus for guest lectures, organizing field trips and professional activities, and coordinating student travel to ALA conferences.

Data Science Club

In this club, students explore data-oriented careers through special projects. It offers a speaker series about cutting-edge research in data science and networking events with top data science companies.

iSchool Doctoral Students Association (iDSA)

Graduate students only

The iSchool Doctoral Students Association (iDSA) advances the academic and social interests of doctoral students in the School of Information Sciences at Illinois. We advocate for all doctoral students and provide a center-point for voicing doctoral student concerns and champion doctoral student participation in iSchool representation.

iSchool Students of Color

Graduate students only

This group is a safe space where iSchool students of color can create, support, and promote a community at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and beyond. Our goals are to develop the professional skills and personal growth of its members and add to the quality of the library and information science community at large.

Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG)

The PLG promotes the open exchange of radical views on library issues, with members teaming up to support progressive and democratic library activities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Psi Eta Mu (PHM) 

Psi Eta Mu (PHM) is a newly created information sciences professional fraternity. This organization strives to foster professional and academic life-long relationships through encouraging growth, internship opportunities, and networking. PHM hopes to create a place for students with similar interests in information sciences or data science to network. Events include workshops, speakers, internship/job discussion, social events and so much more. The organization is open to students of all years and majors; the only requirement is an interest in information sciences, data sciences, or related field.

Queer Library Alliance (QLA)

Through social activities, field trips, and professional development opportunities, QLA explores ways that librarians and archivists can provide better service for their LGBTQ patrons.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA)

This student group promotes archival awareness and interest within the iSchool community through lectures, seminars, convocations, and field trips.

Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The SLA is an international association for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners in business, government, academic, and other “specialized” settings.