The LIS program has active student chapters affiliated with several professional library associations. Students are encouraged to become active in these, as well as other organizations.

Student Groups

American Library Association Student Chapter (ALASC)

National Website:
Student Chapter Website:

Founded in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. The ALA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship. Its 56,000+ members represent public, school, academic, special and state libraries.

The student chapter works to promote scholarly achievement and professional awareness among its members. Membership in ALA automatically qualifies students for membership in the student chapter, and affordable student membership rates are offered.

STUCHAPT is the discussion list for ALA student chapters.

LIS Alumni Group

Alumni Website:
Alumni Blog:

LIS has an active alumni association that all students automatically become members of upon graduation. The LIS Alumni Group publishes a semi-annual newsletter, maintains a continuing education program, an electronic listserv (mailing list), provides scholarships for students and continuing education awards for working librarians, sponsors reunions and other social activities, and endeavors to promote the general welfare and professional growth of all LIS graduates.

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter

Student Chapter:
National Website:

Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIST) Website:

Since 1937 ASIST has lead the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. Some 4,000 members from computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education fields share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information. ASIST members are encouraged to participate in the local Chapters of which they are automatically members.

The LACASIST community is a widely dispersed regional chapter that spans Southern California, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.

Membership in the student chapter of ASIST provides LIS students with a unique opportunity to participate in one of the nation’s leading professional associations. Affordable student membership rates.

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)


UH GSO membership includes all classified graduate students from each graduate field of study; the GSO assembly is the governing body of the organization. The GSO provides a forum for UH LIS students to air views on policies affecting all graduate students. Classified LIS students elect a Representative, and an Alternate to GSO.

Hui Dui


All registered LIS students are automatically part of Hui Dui, the student organization of LIS. Hui Dui represents LIS students at faculty and other committee meetings of LIS, and members of Hui Dui attend GSO meetings, and interact with the student chapter affiliates of national library organizations. Hui Dui also sponsors lecture series, graduation dinners, social events, course evaluations, and other activities.

Nā Hawai’i ‘Imi Loa


Nā Hawai’i ‘Imi Loa was established in May 2012. Our mission is to service the Hawaiian community, by strengthening the Native Hawaiian presence in the Library and Information Sciences profession, and by building the capacity of the Hawaiian community in Library and Information Sciences practices. We host a variety of events on- and off-campus throughout the year, including the Ho’okele Na’auao Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium and the annual Community Archival Training Workshop.

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Chapter

National Website:
Student Chapter Website:

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 3,200 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

We hold educational brownbags, service programs, and other activities to promote archival awareness and professional education in Hawaii.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Student Chapter

National Website:
Hawaiian Pacific Chapter:
Student Chapter Website:

The Special Libraries Association was organized in 1909 to address the needs of professionals in the growing field of special librarianship. It represents nearly 15,000 members employed by corporations, private companies, government agencies, technical and academic institutions, museums, medical facilities and information management consulting firms. Members of SLA are affiliated with one geographic chapter and one subject division.

The student chapter of the SLA provides an opportunity for LIS students at the University of Hawaii who are active, or have an interest, in special librarianship to play an active role in the SLA on both the local and the national level.

LIS Web Team

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The LIS Web Team is a group of students dedicated to learning about creating, updating, and maintaining working web sites for the LIS Program. The Web Team also has responsibility for teaching introductory HTML workshops for new and continuing LIS students early in each semester. The Web Team welcomes participation from students who want to learn Web authoring and instruction.