National Groups

American Library Association (ALA)

National Website: http://www.ala.org
Student Chapter Website: http://alahisc.wordpress.com

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 active student chapter of the ALA at UH, LIS 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.


American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)

National Website: http://www.asis.org
Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) Website: http://public.csusm.edu/lacasis
Student Chapter Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/rio/sla/

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.

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.


Beta Phi Mu – Xi Chapter

National Website: http://www.beta-phi-mu.org/
Local Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/organizations/beta_phi_mu/index.html

The Xi Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society in library and information science, was installed in Hawaii in 1968. Election to membership is based on superior academic record (minimum 3.75 GPA) and the recommendations of the LIS program chair and faculty at the time the student graduates; membership is limited to the top 25 percent of the graduating class.


Medical Library Association (MLA)

National Website: http://www.mlanet.org/
Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of MLA (HPCMLA): http://hpcmla.mlanet.org/

MLA was founded in 1898 and is a nonprofit, educational organization of institutions and individual members in the health sciences information field. MLA is committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.


Society of American Archivists (SAA)

National Website: http://www.archivists.org
Student Chapter Website: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/saa-sc

“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.”


Special Libraries Association (SLA)

National Website: http://www.sla.org
Hawaiian Pacific Chapter: http://hawaii.sla.org
Student Chapter Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/rio/sla/

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.