Professional and Student Organizations

All students in the School of Information Sciences have the opportunity to become involved in several student organizations. They may also participate in local student chapters of several international professional associations. Elections are held each year to select student officers.

Click on the video below to learn more about the School of Information Sciences' student organizations. Hear from representatives from the WSU student chapters of the American Library Association, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Society of American Archivists, Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity and the SIS Student Journal Committee.

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American Library Association (ALA)

The mission of the WSU student chapter of ALA is: to facilitate and encourage participation in the ALA; to increase the awareness and use of resources of the ALA, including publications, promotional materials, scholarships, and conferences; to provide a local forum for the exchange of ideas and information about trends, issues, and opportunities in the profession; to develop skills and relationships that will enable students to have a creative impact on the profession; to promote involvement in professional activities; and to increase awareness of the national issues on Library and Information Science.

Follow the group on Facebook and Instagram.

Aspiring Youth and School Librarians

  • President: VACANT
  • Vice-President: VACANT
  • Secretary: VACANT
  • Treasurer: VACANT
  • Webmaster: VACANT
  • Distance Liaison: VACANT
  • Outreach Coordinator:VACANT
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dian Walster

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

The purpose of ASIS&T is to provide a format for the professional development of information specialists, to promote and further research and its application, and to make these achievements known to the public. ASIS&T is an organization that strives to build bridges between different scholarly disciplines such as research and technology, and information and users.

  • President: VACANT
  • Vice President: VACANT
  • President Elect: VACANT
  • Treasurer: VACANT
  • Volunteer Coordinator: VACANT
  • Secretary: VACANT
  • Webmaster: VACANT
  • Social Media Specialist: VACANT
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tim Bowman

Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity (FLID)

Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity (FLID) provides a safe space for up and coming library and information science (LIS) professionals to gain a better understanding of diversity within the profession and underserved populations. In preparation for working with individuals from these groups, FLID's mission will be to expose SIS students to issues surrounding diverse cultures, lifestyles, physical abilities, and religious beliefs within the LIS field.

This purpose shall be effectuated through promoting awareness by organizing on and off-campus events (social, educational or otherwise) for SIS students to learn about, exchange ideas, and perhaps resolve issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in LIS.

Follow the group on Facebook and Instagram.

Metro Detroit Medical Library Group (MDMLG)

Members include information professionals and experts, paraprofessionals, and students who work or are interested in biomedical or health sciences libraries or medical informatics. The current membership represents hospital, academic, and special libraries, or resources centers, from Southeastern Michigan and beyond. 

MDMLG now offers a free membership to all School of Information Sciences students! Complete the membership form here to join

Students will benefit from:

  • Networking with professional health sciences/medical librarians and informationists in the field
  • The MDMLG mentoring program
  • Employment and internship opportunities
  • Annual student scholarships   

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National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has agreed to partner with Wayne State University's School of Information Sciences for their first ever student chapter. Students joining this group delve into the issues of Digital Preservation, assist in the development of outreach education for these fragile formats, create educational videos and provide input to the NDSA Wiki. There is also a potential for further research in the arena and assisting to develop standards.

Learn more on the WSU NDSA Student Chapter website and follow the group on Facebook and Twitter

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

The Society of American Archivists student chapter strives to enhance the education of students interested in archival studies by providing practical resources, networking opportunities and hands-on events, whether they be tours, workshops or the like. This group is active, dynamic and dedicated to the archival profession. In general we are Master's students in the Library and History programs, but we are all in this field to preserve the present day's records for future generations' use.

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Student Journal Committee

This is a committee of student volunteers that collaborates with faculty and staff on a SIS Student Journal.  This publication nurtures and encourages students to publish their research papers and literature reviews. Students who are new to the program and/or academic publishing are encouraged to join.  

Interested volunteers for the digital journal (to be hosted on the libraries' Digital Commons) should contact Kim Schroeder at You will be added to the TEAMS site which holds the group's meeting announcements and files.