These are activities organized by iSchool students, for iSchool students. Some of them are student chapters of professional organizations relevant to various concentrations at the iSchool, while others may be of interest to the entire student body. These groups have been confirmed active as of August 2016. New groups that wish to be recognized and/or receive support from MISC can complete this form.
Association of Canadian Archivists - U of T Student Chapter (ACA)
The University of Toronto Association of Canadian Archivists Student Chapter (UofT ACA) is dedicated to representing the future professionals of the Canadian archival community. We encourage all students who are interested in archives to participate in Chapter activities and liaise with our parent organization. The Chapter exists to encourage student involvement in the archival community and to interact with other archival students and professionals across Canada. The chapter has monthly meetings and organizes a number of social events and speakers throughout the year.
Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Student Chapter (CAPAL)
The University of Toronto's CAPAL Student Chapter was formed in Summer 2014 and allows students to connect with and learn from information professionals in academic librarianship. The CAPAL Student Chapter is an extracurricular organization that curates resources and events that promote excellence in librarianship. Their mission is to introduce library students to the opportunities and professional development options available to them, while educating ourselves and our colleagues on core principles and ethics of librarianship.
Founded in 2015, the iJournal is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students at the iSchool. Our aim is to publish exemplary student research on the divergent topics of information studies, thereby fostering collective identity and interdisciplinary understanding among information students, faculty, and practitioners.
iSchool Annual Graduate Student Conference Series
Every year, members of the iSchool student body organize a conference at the Faculty of Information, sponsored in part by the Master of Information Student Council.
This is an opportunity for self-reflection and educated prognostication; it allows students, faculty, scholars and professionals to build an understanding of an iSchool program, the work performed there and what it means for the future of the field. We welcome students to participate by submitting work, volunteering, or attending the three-day event! You can also like us on Facebook. You can also peruse links and descriptions of past and present conference websites.
iSchool Doctoral Student Association (DSA)
The iSchool Doctoral Student Association (DSA) represents the special interests of the doctoral students and concerns pertaining to the doctoral studies program at the Faculty of Information; it also works toward improving communication among doctoral students, masters students, and faculty. The DSA was formed in 1989, as a body providing separate representation for PhD students. It was established at the suggestion of the ALA accreditation team. All PhD students, full and part-time, are automatically members of the DSA.
Librarians without Borders - U of T Student Chapter (LWB)
Librarians Without Borders U of T is the student run chapter of Librarians Without Borders, a non-profit organization that strives to provide access to information regardless of cultural, geographical or linguistic boundaries. Our goal at Librarians Without Borders University of Toronto is to address the information resource inequity that exists on both a local and international level. We do this through collaborative efforts with the University of Toronto iSchool and our parent organization Librarians Without Borders. Our local/global fundraising and awareness initiatives enable us to contribute to the access of information in diverse communities.
Mentoring @ iSchool
Mentoring @ iSchool is a student-run service, organized by current Faculty of Information students in an effort to help incoming students feel at home at the iSchool. To learn more about this program, have a look at our page on the iSchool site. Be sure to join our Facebook group, where you can pose your questions to fellow members of iSchool student community!
MUSEUM STUDIES STUDENT ASSOCIATION (MUSSA)
The purpose of the Museum Studies Student Association (MUSSA) is to: Foster unity, sociability, and friendship among members of the Association and Faculty of Information (iSchool) community; Represent the members within the Museum Studies program, the ischool, the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students' Union, and the University of Toronto community at large; Seek representation on the Museum Studies' program's decision-making bodies; Seek representation on Faculty decision-making bodies and Council Committees; Promote the advancement of museum studies; and, Facilitate professional relations between members and the museum community.
Studio307 is a student-run studio workspace/makersapace within the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. It's located in Room 307 of the Claude T. Bissell Building (140 St. George Street) and supported by the Semaphore Research Cluster, TechFund, the Inforum and student volunteers and staff. Please visit our website for more information on our equipment, workshops and events, and tipsheets/guides. For any questions and clarifications please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION - TORONTO STUDENT GROUP (SLA-TSG)
The Special Library Association Toronto Student Group (SLA-TSG) is a branch of the SLA run by students at the iSchool at the University of Toronto. While the group reports directly to SLA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the SLA-TSG also closely interacts with the SLA Toronto chapter. This dynamic chapter provides a great deal of leadership, guidance and networking opportunities for the Toronto student group. Throughout the year the SLA-TSG interacts with the information professional community in Toronto by networking at SLA events, organizing tours of a variety of special libraries around the city, and hosting various career-focused events at the iSchool. An ongoing project of the SLA-TSG is the Professional Profile Series: interviews with current information professionals consisting of both recent grads and seasoned experts, with the aim of discovering what career opportunities exist for those interested in the special library profession and what paths can be taken to achieve such careers.
U of T iSchool Association for Computer Machinery Student Chapter (ACM)
U of T iSchool Association for Computer Machinery Student Chapter (ACM; formerly known as AIS, Association for Information Systems U of T) caters to the needs of students with diverse interests — from coders and designers, to data scientists and systems analysts, to librarians and copywriters. Our multidisciplinary community is bound together through engagement with information systems and digital spaces and the desire to share related skills and ideas at our events. We provide networking opportunities, alumni talks, hands-on workshops and more to help students at the iSchool and across campus connect and enhance their skills and expertise. You can also follow us on twitter and facebook.
University of Toronto Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter (AMIA@UofT)
The University of Toronto Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter (AMIA@UofT) is a professional association that aims to raise awareness about moving image preservation through a variety of professional and social events. We hope to bring together those interested in the future of moving images. To see more of what we do please visit our blog and Facebook page.
These are other groups and activities of interest for graduate students at the University of Toronto in general.
Grad Minds is the official Graduate Student Mental Health Ad-Hoc Committee at the University of Toronto, a sub-committee of the Graduate Student Union (GSU). Grad Minds represents the interests and concerns of the graduate student population at the University of Toronto.
GRADUATE STUDENT UNION (GSU)
The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) at the University of Toronto represents over 17,000 students studying in over 80 departments. For many years this union has advocated for increased student representation, funding, and provided services such as health insurance, confidential advice, and a voice for the graduate student body on the various committees of the University.