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Professional and Student Organizations

As a University at Buffalo LIS student, you have access to a variety of associations and groups on both a local and national level. Becoming a member in these groups will keep you updated on emerging technology, new developments in the profession, and most importantly help you find the perfect career based on your interests.

Below are a few links to help you find the library association that is right for you.

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ACRL- The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research.

The mission of the American Library Association is to promote library service and librarianship. They provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Distance

The mission of the New York Library Association is to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers.Learners








For students in the School Library Media Specialist program, the School Librarian's Association of Western New York (SLAWNY) attempts to encourage, promote, and advocate the interests of school library media programs and school library media specialists, and to insure that each student becomes an active reader, responsible information-seeker, critical thinker and life-long learner.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) - Through innovative learning, successful networking, and effective advocacy, SLA is a connective force for our profession

Right here at UB, the SUNY Buffalo ALA Student Chapter plans and organizes events and provides opportunities for professional development, advocacy and community service.

UB LIS GSA - The purpose of the LIS GSA is to improve the overall quality of student life. We aim to do this by planning and participating in functions that are both entertaining and informative.

UB Student Survival Guide Blog - Blog created by students for students! Visit the blog and post away!!

UB Professional and Student Organizations Page - Various UB Associations and Groups for LIS students

ULS Universe Blog - Blog of the University Libraries Section (ULS) of the Association of College and research Libraries