General Student Organizations
All Master’s students currently registered in the College are voting members, and can elect representatives to the iSchool’s College Assembly (see Appendix 4) and the Standing Committees.
The University's Graduate Student Association automatically considers all graduate students as members. This organization addresses graduate students' needs on the campus at large. The Student Services Office can give more information about these student activities and volunteers are always welcomed.
iSchool Student Organizations
Many of the student organizations in the iSchool are student chapters of national organizations. They can serve as a good link among students through the various events and outings organized. For more information about these student organizations, links to their websites can be found on the Student Organization section on the iSchool website.
ALA@UMD is the official University of Maryland Student Chapter of the American Library Association. They seek to provide opportunities for professional development, career networking, and service to the community and the library profession. ALA@UMD organizes a broad range of programming at both the College Park and Shady Grove campuses, from speaker series and workshops to organized tours and social events. Membership in ALA@UMD is contingent upon enrollment in the MLS program and student membership in ALA, but most of their events are open to all interested students and alumni.
The College’s Student Chapter of ASIS&T provides members with the opportunity to network with fellow students, colleagues, and other information professionals interested in current information issues. The mission of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations.
Started in January 2012, iDiversity is the iSchool’s newest student organization and it strives to create a dialogue between students of all programs, alumni, and faculty. iDiversity promotes the awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the information professions to ensure that issues of diversity are addressed in practice, research, and technology. Valuing mentoring, networking, and shared knowledge approaches, iDiversity envisions a world where information spaces reflect the global community and diversity becomes an integrated part of our professional consciousness.
Masters of Information Management Student Association (MIMSA)
The MIM student association is a formal group created with the purpose of enriching MIM students' time in the program. Its goals are to create networking opportunities for students, connect them with outside people and organizations, and provide learning opportunities in the form of presentations and guest speakers. All MIM students are members and can participate in the meetings, social events, and elections.
The SLA Student Group at Maryland has diverse interests and activities, but shares a common bond in the quest for advancing the leadership role of special librarians in putting knowledge to work in the information society.
Student Archivists at Maryland (SAM) is the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. SAM provides an opportunity for future archivists to connect and exchange ideas, tour local archival repositories, and meet with those practicing in the archival field.