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Student and Professional Organizations

Kent State University School of Library & Information Science (SLIS)
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American Library Association (KSU Student Chapter)
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The American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter has been organized to provide a link between students and the library profession.Kent State's chapter is one of a national network of student organizations, all of which are an official part of the American Library Association.Student members of ALA enjoy discounted membership and conference fees.Chapter activities are aimed at fostering professional awareness and development on campus.

Associated Library Science Students of Ohio (ALSSO) and Columbus/Associated Library Science Students of Ohio (C/ALSSO)
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All students are encouraged to participate in the Associated Library Science Students of Ohio (ALSSO) in Kent and Columbus/Associated Library Science Students in Columbus (C/ALSSO).The associations provide members with a variety of activities.It is from ALSSO and C/ALSSO that some student representation on faculty committees is drawn.In addition, ALSSO and C/ALSSO present programs of interest to their members and sponsor social events throughout the year.

Beta Phi Mu
Rho chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honorary society, was authorized in 1968. Membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation, and only 25 percent of graduates in a calendar year can be selected. Eligible students must have an accumulative GPA of 3.75 or better and be judged by the School’s faculty to have superior potential for leadership. Chapter activities are directed by the chapter president.

Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
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Society of American Archivists, Kent State Student Chapter
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The Kent State student chapter of the Society of American Archivists serves as a means of introducing students into the archival profession, as well as enhancing their archival education by providing an additional focus for students to discuss archival issues, identify with the profession, and engage in professional activities. The chapter also promotes communication among student members and development of leadership skills. Although membership in the national association is not required to join the student chapter, students are encouraged to join the Society of American Archivists as student member (currently $44 per year), which will allow them to vote in SAA elections, run for office, and take advantage of SAA’s benefit programs, which includes discounts on texts at the SAA bookstore and conference registration.

Special Libraries Association Student Group
Special Libraries Association - Kent State University - Student Chapter
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The student group of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) serves as a focus for students to learn more about the career options available for special librarians and as a professional interface between the school and the special librarians in the surrounding communities.Student members of the SLA enjoy discounted membership and conference fees, as well as other SLA services such as participation in the employment clearinghouse, access to scholarships, and career advisory services. 

Professional Organizations