The University of South Carolina has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Student Chapter of the Year Award! The SCOTYA Committee was impressed by the LISSA Chapter of University of South Carolina’s member engagement. The chapter gained 20 new, active members including new members in the local Columbia, South Carolina area as members entering the SLIS program from a distance. The chapter is very active with programs, projects, and activities. LISSA held monthly meetings to plan out events for the semester. The chapter used a variety of communication services such as Web 2.0 technologies, listservs, publications and flyers. Through the hard work of its members, this chapter has made significant contributions to the school and ALA.
Congratulations as well to Kent State University, this year’s runner up! The runner-up this year is Kent State University. The SCOTYA Committee noted the chapter’s connection to online learners, growth in membership, and diversity of programs and activities.
The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association, their school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters, and to recognize future leaders in the profession.
The Student Chapter winner will receive $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to ALA Annual; the winning chapter and the runner up will each receive a certificate. Both will be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2019 ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.