Graduate students at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) are encouraged to get involved in the student chapters of professional associations. It’s a great way to meet peers, gain experience for resume building, and network.
The SJSU iSchool offers student chapters of the American Library Association (ALA), Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Society of American Archivists (SAA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA). Current graduate students in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) programs at San José State University can also join the combined student and alumni group, iSchool Connext, as well as the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA). Are you the first person in your family history to pursue a master’s degree? If so, you are especially encouraged to join the iSchool’s first generation student group.
The SJSU iSchool’s student chapters have won numerous awards recognizing their excellence and their innovative approach to serving online students. The ASIS&T student chapter has been named the association’s Student Chapter of the Year for the second time in the last three years. The SLA student chapter has received the organization’s Student Group Certificate of Merit for Innovative Programming. The SJSU iSchool’s SLA student chapter was the only U.S. student group to be recognized for the 2014/2015 academic year. In addition, the ALA student chapter was named 2014 Student Chapter of the Year.
Many of the school’s student groups host meet-ups, special events, and networking opportunities – both virtual and in-person. Check the SJSU iSchool Facebook page(link is external) often for updates about upcoming events and the Pinterest board for fun pins. The SJSU iSchool student groups also have their own websites and social pages. Visit the student chapter associations’ websites: