While ILSSA works to represent the entire student body at the UNC School of Information & Library Science, numerous other student organizations provide opportunities for professional development in a variety of areas. Below is an unofficial list of student organizations at SILS (in alphabetical order). See the SILS Student Organization page for more information!
Art and Museum Library and Information Student Society (AMLISS)
AMLISS aims to provide students at UNC Chapel Hill with the opportunity to explore art, museum and visual resources librarianship and records management. Through lectures, workshops, special events and visits to museum and art libraries, AMLISS will promote these areas of specialization within the field of library and information science and records management to any interested students.
President – Kayla Olson
Vice President – Lulu Zilinskas
Treasurer – Carrie Hill
Secretary – Florence Sloan
Webmaster – Grace van Fleet
CheckedOut: SILS LGBTQ+ Alliance
CheckedOut is an LGBTQIA+ student organization that works to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice in information and library science. Based at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, we advance queer and feminist interests within our school, campus, communities, and the field at-large. We recognize the intersectionality of oppression and strive to work across those intersections to create a more welcoming and just environment for everyone.
President – Laura Carroll
Vice President – Jenna Wine
Treasurer – Jade Bruno
Secretary – Gavin Shelton
Webmaster: Mara Plantholt
Contact CheckedOut at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Workshop Series (CWS)
We seek to bridge the digital divide in our community because we believe that digital literacy skills are essential to fully participate in American society. Our mission is digital literacy for all. To accomplish this mission we teach free computer courses in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham public libraries. All SILS students are welcome to join us in our classrooms as instructors. Students who work with us say that they find fulfillment in serving their community and gain a competitive edge in the job market because of their instructional skills. To get involved contact us through our volunteer form: http://cws.web.unc.edu/volunteers/
Jess Epsten – Community Workshop Series Coordinator
Contact CWS at email@example.com
Doctoral Students Association (DSA)
The DSA is the official organization for SILS PhD students. All doctoral students are automatically members of the DSA. The organization works towards improving communication among doctoral students, masters students and faculty by participating in SILS governance and sending representatives to most SILS committees. They elect officers annually in November and hold monthly meetings.
Future Leaders of User Experience (FLUX)
An organization for graduates and undergraduates aiming to engage in conversation and build skills and a community based on a shared passion of user experience.
Information and Library Science Student Association (ILSSA)
ILSSA officers are liaisons between SILS students and faculty, alumni and the Graduate & Professional Student Federation. The organization provides a forum for discussion and action relating to school policies and issues and plans social events and career investigation opportunities. They inform students and faculty of current activities and issues. All SILS students are automatically ILSSA members.
Graduate President – Jade Bruno
Undergraduate President – Carmen Silva
Vice President – Advaith Deo
Treasurer – Joan Xia
Secretary and Technical Coordinator – Allison Kittinger
New Student Outreach Coordinator – Sarah Wall
Contact ILSSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
A special library is an information agency sponsored by a private company, government agency, a not-for-profit organization, or a professional association. The student chapter of the SLA educates and involves students in special information and library center work environments and sponsors speakers from the professional community and frequent tours to area special libraries. Membership in a student chapter of the SLA helps to establish a close relationship between the individual and the state and national organization.
President – Kari Spencer
Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA)
This organization is a student chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) and is affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Information and Library Science (SILS). SCALA works toward the professional development of its student members. The student chapter facilitates and encourages participation in the ALA and works to increase awareness and use of ALA resources. SCALA also runs the annual SILS Book Sale in the spring, the major student fundraising event of the year.
President – Lidia Morris
Vice President – Gillian McCuiston
Secretary – Criss Guy
Treasurer – Iliana Burgos
Webmaster – Erin Wallace
Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCOSAA)
President – Carolyn Welker
Vice President – Katie Greene
Contact SCOSAA at email@example.com
Besides student-run organizations, there are opportunities to get involved directly with SILS and UNC Libraries groups.
Library Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH)
LAUNC-CH is a professional development organization for library workers in the Research Triangle. SILS Students are eligible to join the association and also to participate in any events, professional networking, and the annual day-long LAUNC-CH conference. In addition to being part of the organization, SILS students are also welcome to join LAUNC-CH committees, such as the communications, conference, professional development, professional welfare, and programs committees. Reach out to the current chair of the committee or the current president of LAUNC-CH for more information!
SILS Committee Representative
Students serve on various official committees within the School of Information and Library Science and the University. If you have concerns that relate to a certain topic, please reach out to SILS staff to find a position that matches your interests.
Currently Inactive Organizations
The following list contains student organizations that are not currently active. If you are interested in reviving one of these, reach out to the SILS administration!
Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science & Technology, is dedicated to fostering intellectual discourse and career development for information professionals worldwide. Our student chapter advances those goals at the local level, by sponsoring lectures, panel discussions, field trips, and other activities.
Coalition of Youth Librarians (COYL)
The Coalition of Youth Librarians (COYL) provides academic support, professional development, and socialization for SILS students pursuing School Media and Youth Services Librarianship.
Flourish is a student group intended to enhance community, networking, and support for students of color and international students at SILS.
Society for the Study of Incunabula, Manuscripts, and Rare Books (SSIMR)
SSIMR is a student group founded at UNC-Chapel Hill to support scholarship and professional skills pertaining to the collection and study of rare books and documents, and special collections librarianship.