SLIS provides you with the skills and resources you need to succeed.

Your experience as a student in the School of Library and Information Studies is our top priority. Through innovative curriculum, collaborative research partnerships and academic programming, SLIS aims to prepare you for success during your time as a student and beyond. We’re eager to help you make the most of our relationships with organizations and industry professionals on campus and around the world.

Student Organizations

The School of Library and Information Studies encourages students to get involved outside of the classroom. If you are interested in receiving more information about any of our student organizations, please e-mail the organization’s faculty advisor by clicking one of the boxes below.

American Library Association

The University of Alabama Student Chapter of the American Library Association gives students at SLIS the opportunity to participate in varied projects from organization of the winter book drive to participation at local elementary schools. Regular social events are planned for members to socialize and develop networking skills. All SLIS students are welcome to join!

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John T. F. Burgess

American Society for Information Science & Technology

ASIS&T is the University of Alabama student chapter of the national organization. ASIS&T is committed to educating its members about diverse streams of knowledge that fall both within and outside the spectrum of libraries. ASIS&T encourages the professional growth of its members.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laurie Bonnici

Society of American Archivists

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. The student chapter serves as a means of introducing new archivists into the profession, as well as enhancing education by providing an additional focus for students to discuss archival issues, identify with the profession, and engage in professional activities.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert B Riter

Special Libraries Association

The Special Libraries Association motto is “putting knowledge to work.” Our student group wishes to emulate our parent’s motto as we strive to educate our members about the diverse array of special libraries. The SLA student chapter encourages the professional growth of its members. Our SLA is the University of Alabama’s student chapter of the national organization.

Faculty Advisor: Sybil Bullock



Financial Assistance

The School of Library and Information Studies is committed to helping qualified and deserving students finance their graduate education. We offer a number of graduate assistantships and scholarships and provide you with the resources necessary to pursue funding from outside sources. Be sure to take a look at the scholarships offered by the College of Continuing Studies if you plan to pursue your graduate education online.