Our Student Community
Within the iSchool, there are student organizations that help develop a sense of community, create a network of peers, and encourage professional development among the students. Representatives from each student organization will be present at orientation to introduce students to their groups and promote membership. These groups will also be hosting mixers and parties during orientation week to get acquainted with new students. Check out these organizations to find out how to get involved at the iSchool!
All iSchool students are automatically members of SASI, the Student Association of the School of Information. SASI aims to promote a sense of community within the iSchool and foster professionalism and leadership within the student body. SASI serves as a link between School of Information students and the administration of the School and the University. They are a member of the Senate of College Councils and appoint representatives to the Graduate Student Association and other committees.
Other student groups exist within professional areas of interest, as listed below.
- Info Portal: The UT iSchool Student Blog
Info Portal is a blog by students, for students. It is an online community where iSchool students can share their thoughts about the information field as well as their experiences as students and information professionals. Info Portal accepts submissions all year round and welcomes input from iSchoolers of all professional interests. Share your unique perspective, experiences, advice or work/projects with your peers!
Preservation of the Cultural Record
- CHIPS: Cultural Heritage and Information Preservation Society
Formed to emphasize UT’s leadership in the area of cultural heritage preservation studies and to develop extracurricular events that promote cultural heritage preservation research and activities.
- SAA-UT: The Society of American Archivists, UT Student Chapter +
SAA’s mission, as outlined by the national organization, is to introduce and integrate new archivists into the profession, provide additional focus for students to discuss archival issues, and promote archival interests within the University, academic departments, and the public at large. Throughout the academic year, we invite guest speakers, arrange archival education events, and organize trips to area repositories as a way of expanding our education beyond the classroom.
- ALA/TLA UT: American Library Association/Texas Library Association, UT Student Chapter +
ALA/TLA strives to bring together iSchool students interested in academic, public, and school libraries; provide programming on topics of interest and use in various library settings; and promote participation in ALA and TLA.
- SLA: Special Libraries Association, UT Student Chapter +
SLA’s aim is to promote interest in special libraries by providing information and publicizing opportunities unique to special libraries.
- Artex: Art and Architecture Library Association
No longer limited to strictly those interested in art libraries, Artex currently supports all art lovers and professionals within the iSchool. Artex organizes tours and events at repositories of fine art and cultural artifacts as well as happy hour discussions with professionals in the field.
- ASIS&T: The American Society for Information Science & Technology, UT Student Chapter +
ASIS&T seeks to promote the professional and academic development of all UT students working in the fields of information science. They sponsor lectures, panel discussions and networking opportunities with practitioners in the field. They also provide various resources, career advice and much more. They are currently focusing on areas such as information architecture, user-centered design, and usability.
- UTIAG: UT Information Architecture Group
UTIAG promotes the education and practice of Information Architecture through a client interaction format.