Student Groups


Student Groups

Graduate students at the San José State University School of Information are encouraged to get involved in the student chapters of professional associations. It’s a great way to meet peers, gain experience for resume building, and network.

Are you already a current member of REFORMA, and a San José State University School of Information student or alumni? Are you interested in serving Latino and Spanish speaking communities or attending speaker sessions featuring Latinx professionals? Please complete this form to join our newest student group:

The SJSU iSchool offers student chapters of the American Library Association (ALA), Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Society of American Archivists (SAA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA). In addition, students and alumni can join the REFORMA Student Group, the school’s newest student group focused on serving Latino and Spanish speaking communities.

Special interest groups are another way for students to complement their studies and share experiences with peers. The Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) is designed for students and alumni interested in virtual worlds and any aspect of information science, including archives, education and libraries. Students who are the first person in their family history to pursue a master’s degree are strongly encouraged to join the iSchool’s First Generation Student Group. 

Award-winning Student Chapters

The SJSU iSchool’s student chapters have won numerous awards recognizing their excellence and their innovative approach to serving online students. The ASIS&T Student Chapter has been named the association’s Student Chapter of the Year. The SLA Student Chapter has received the organization’s Student Group Certificate of Merit for Innovative Programming. The SLA Student Chapter was the only U.S. student group to be recognized for the 2014/2015 academic year. In addition, the ALA Student Chapter was named 2014 Student Chapter of the Year.

Get Involved

Many of the school’s student groups host meet-ups, special events, and networking opportunities – both virtual and in-person. Check the SJSU iSchool Facebook page often for updates about upcoming events and the Pinterest board for fun pins. The SJSU iSchool student groups also have their own websites, blogs and social pages. In addition, the student-run Student Research Journal editorial team manages a Student Resource blog.


Virtual Center For Archives & Records Administration (VCARA)

Virtual Center For Archives & Records Administration (VCARA)

An iSchool student group, VCARA is a MARA-created space and community based in the virtual world Second Life (SL). We offer many resources both in SL and online including annual conferences, events, exhibits, trainings, and webcasts.

VCARA is open to all students, alumni, educators, and other professionals interested in virtual worlds and any aspect of information science including archives, education, libraries, records, and special collections.