Consider joining one of the many professional associations in the world of information studies such as the American Library Association (ALA), Special Libraries Association (SLA), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Maryland Library Association (MLA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Student memberships are inexpensive, and the contacts, acculturation, and information that students can gather at conferences and meetings are invaluable. Be sure to monitor the websites of these professional associations.
Professional journals are also great resources to consult for the latest news, unusual job ideas, and job announcements.
Students should talk to faculty, staff, peers, and working members of the profession—anyone whose experience may provide insight and direction in one’s studies and career preparation.