Complimentary Student Memberships in Professional Associations

All MLIS students in INFO 200 are given a complimentary (free!) one-year membership in one of the following professional associations:

American Library Association

Special Libraries Association

Association for Information Science and Technology

Society of American Archivists

After the end of the add/drop period, students in INFO 200 will be given the option to select one of the above associations for their one year free membership. Watch your MySJSU account for messaging with instructions on how and when to complete your request. You will be joined at your address on file in MySJSU. If no selection is made, you will NOT be joined to any association. Note, once your information has been sent to ALA, there is an extensive processing period. There is a possibility that students may not receive their memberships in time to complete ALA conference advance registration with member status. Check with ALA Membership for help with membership status questions once your membership request has been sent from iSchool. Students enrolled in INFO 200 in summer will be included with those enrolled for fall semester. Lists of names are sent twice a year to ALA: fall and spring.

MARA students in MARA 200 are given a one-year membership in Society of American Archivists or Association for Information Science and Technology. You will be joined at your address on file in If you do not make a selection, you will not receive complimentary membership.

We believe that this membership will enhance your understanding of the profession and the issues it faces, which is part of the content of INFO 200 and MARA 200, and encourage connections between the associations and our students.  

Learn more about our student chapters for each of these organizations. Listen to the Student Associations Showcase Panel presentation for spring 2017 (mp4 format, 1 hour).

Note: If you select ALA and are already a member of ALA or one of the ALA-affiliated state library associations  we have been told that your membership will be extended for a year; please deal directly with the association. Also If you select ALA and live in a state other than California, you will receive the ALA membership and, if your state has a state association with an arrangement with ALA (there are eighteen at present, see joint membership program list), you will be joined with that state association as well; in other words a student in Washington will be joined with the Washington Library Association, not the California Library Association; if there is no affiliated program the student will join ALA only.