Clubs, Groups, & Associations

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Faculty of Information Clubs, Groups, & Associations

These are activities organized by Faculty of Information students, for Faculty of Information students. Some of them are student chapters of professional organizations relevant to various concentrations at the Faculty of Information, while others may be of interest to the entire student body. These groups have been confirmed active as of September 2019. To contact any of the Club Heads/Presidents, look for them on social media, or email us and we can put you in touch.

University of Toronto Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter (AMIA@UofT)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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iSchool Fibre Arts Club

A place for crafters to share their projects and passion for various fibre arts.

LEG Club

An Exploration of ARM's Worst Practices. We host monthly LEG-spiration Contests for the most outlandish submissions in response to ARM themed prompts with prizes for the worst practice suggested. We will also host movie nights for films related to archives and record keeping (Rogue One counts).

Chair: Crystal Wu

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.

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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.

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Peer 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!

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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.

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U of T Groups

These are other groups and activities of interest for graduate students at the University of Toronto in general.

Grad Minds

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.

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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.

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External Groups

These are the major professional associations and activities that may be of interest to information professionals.

American Library Assocation (ALA)

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)

The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) consists of over 600 members and represents archival institutions, all those working in archives, as well as users and supporters of archives. Established in 1993 as a result of the amalgamation of the Ontario Association of Archivists and the Ontario Council of Archives, the AAO is the voice of archives in Ontario.

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Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)

The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit association. The ACA was established in 1975, and incorporated in 1978, after operating for a number of years as the Archives Section of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA). Today, the ACA represents over 600 English-speaking archivists in Canada, with headquarters in Ottawa. Our mission is to provide the archival profession leadership and to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s archival heritage.

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Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement - Canada (APRA)

The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (Canada) represents researchers, front-line fundraisers and other Canadian professionals with an interest in the field of advancement research.

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Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)

CAPAL is a national membership association representing the interests of professional academic librarians in relation to the areas of education, standards, professional practice, ethics, and core principles. CAPAL differs from other library associations in that it is an advocacy group focused on the individual and the profession. Like other academic associations, we aim to work collaboratively with local, provincial and national organizations currently working on behalf of librarians and libraries. CAPAL evolved in response to the challenges academic librarians have faced in recent years.

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Canadian Library Association (CLA)

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is an award-winning not-for-profit organization, serving as the national voice of the Canadian library and information community and delivering a range of value-added services to professional librarians, library technicians, trustees and the organizations that employ them.

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International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST)

IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Its 300 members are from a variety of workplaces, including data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations. As an organization, IASSIST strives to foster and promote a network of excellence for data service delivery, advance infrastructure in the social sciences, and provide opportunities for collegial exchange of sound professional practices. IASSIST members are working together to advocate for responsible data management and use, to build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals.

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International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

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Librarians Without Borders (LWB)

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is an organization that was born in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded librarians who wanted to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world. Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians.

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Ontario Library Association (OLA)

Founded in 1900, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) is the oldest continually operating library association in Canada. With more than 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association in the country. We provide an opportunity for the people in our field to associate, to meet, to share experience and expertise, to create innovative solutions in a constantly changing environment. The OLA also organizes an annual Super Conference in Toronto, which is Canada's largest continuing education event in librarianship, along with Canada's largest library trade show. iSchool students have the opportunity to volunteer at the conference and receive free conference registration, which is an excellent opportunity to meet future employers, network with library information workers in a wide range of positions, visit the exhibits, and attend workshops.

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Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

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Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The Special Library Association (SLA) is an international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide. Established in 1909, the SLA is composed of a large variety of information professionals, or “special librarians,” who are considered to be information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings. The aim of the SLA is to promote and strengthen its members through “learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.” To this end, the SLA fosters leadership and community through its local chapters and student groups.

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Special Libraries Association - Toronto Chapter (SLA-TORONTO)

SLA Toronto was founded in 1940 and represents the interests of information professionals in Toronto and most of the province of Ontario west of Kingston. The Toronto Chapter is a dynamic and active organization with over 400 members and is part of SLA, an international organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. We provide an opportunity for information professionals in our area to learn and network at events as well as participate in a discussion list. On this web site you will find our Chapter newsletter, The Courier and the popular web source, the Librarians’ Resource Centre, as well as many other items of interest.

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