About Us

ABOUT US

Officers

President : Tara Foor
Vice President : Jennifer Harmon
Secretary/Treasurer : Matthew Stephenson
Chief Information Officer : Mahasin Ameen
Opportunity Officer : Teresa Schultz
Adult Book Club Co-Chairs : Anna Nellis

Mission Statement
ALISS works to supplement the educational, professional, and networking needs of SLIS students while also building a sense of community within the program and providing opportunities for students to make an impact in the greater Indianapolis area.

Our Constitution

PREAMBLE

ALISS will provide Indiana University School of Library and Information Science students with exposure to current applications, research, and opportunities related to Library and Information Science (SLIS) in public, academic, school, and special library settings so that they will be prepared to hold desired positions in the field upon graduation.

ARTICLE I

Section 1: Name

The name of this organization will be the Association for Library and Information Science Students (ALISS).

Section 2: Purpose

To provide students enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science Master’s and Doctoral programs opportunities for the following:

  • To facilitate student discussion, student involvement in the SLIS program and department, and increase support and communication between peers.
  • To facilitate student involvement and presence within SLIS.
  • To facilitate social networking with peers and local professionals in local and state libraries, including student-organized speakers and tours.
  • To facilitate student and faculty discussion of the SLIS program, including but not limited to curriculum, colloquia, advising, and internship opportunities.

Section 3: Non-discrimination Statement

This organization and its members shall not discriminate against anyone for reasons of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or status as Vietnam-era or special disabled veterans.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Student members must be an admitted student or enrolled in the Masters of Library Science program or Doctoral program in Library and Information Science. The president will maintain (or appoint someone to maintain) a master list of student members. Membership will be free to any interested student admitted to the SLIS program or enrolled in SLIS courses at any Indiana University campus. Students can become actively involved by attending sponsored events, contacting the President for opportunities to participate, or by running for office. Membership will terminate upon completion of the degree program or when the student is no longer enrolled in SLIS courses for more than one semester.

ARTICLE III – OFFICERS

Title : Term : Selection Process : Duties
President : Academic year : Majority election of members present at final meeting : Oversee the operations of ALISS throughout the academic year
Treasurer/Secretary : Academic Year : Majority election of members present at final meeting : Collect and disburse funds in due course of the operation of ALISS

ARTICLE IV – ADVISOR

The faculty advisor for this organization will be a faculty member of the School of Library and Information Science. The faculty advisor will be responsible for ensuring proper conduct of the club within campus and community life guidelines, and for guidance of newly elected officers. The faculty advisor will ensure the fair and proper operation of the club by affirming vote counts for elections and amendments, as well as reviewing club financial statements. The faculty advisor will be able to call for a new mid-term election of club officers.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

ALISS will have one meeting per month as well as an introductory public meeting during the week of orientation to help introduce students to the club, introduce officers, and plan the rest of semester events.

It is suggested that ALISS hold regular meetings where students can socialize informally with peers to discuss: existing courses, the development of new courses, available internships, job opportunities, and other topics of interest to SLIS graduate students.

It is suggested that ALISS hold meetings at the end of each semester to celebrate the achievements of students who have completed the program and strengthen personal and professional networking among faculty, alumni, and students.

ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS

Amendments will be presented in writing to the membership of the club during a publicized meeting, and will be voted upon by all members of the club no earlier than one month after the presentation of the amendment and no later than the end of the semester. An amendment will be approved with 2/3rds of the entire voting membership passing the amendment.

ARTICLE VII – DISSOLUTION

ALISS may be dissolved by agreement of all officers and the faculty advisor. At this point it will be the responsibility of the president of the club to remove the club from the campus and community life register. All assets will be used to pay off any remaining debts. Any outstanding debts and assets will be passed on to the University.

ARTICLE VIII – BYLAWS

ALISS may be dissolved by agreement of all officers and the faculty advisor. At this point it will be the responsibility of the president of the club to remove the club from the campus and community life register. All assets will be used to pay off any remaining debts. Any outstanding debts and assets will be passed on to the University.

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