Greetings and Welcome to LISSA!
On behalf of the officers of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), I would like to welcome you to the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science! As you plan for your upcoming academic career, we hope that you will pursue a membership with LISSA. LISSA is a professional organization consisting of your fellow graduate students, and is affiliated with the American Library Association.
As a student of SLIS, you are encouraged to join and actively participate in professional organizations. Starting with LISSA is a great way to become accustomed to this practice. Becoming a member of LISSA will afford you opportunities to effortlessly network with your fellow students and enable you to participate in all LISSA sponsored events. Through collaborative volunteer efforts, group meetings, and weekly social activities, our members form strong friendships that blossom into valuable peer connections once they graduate.
You will have the opportunity to establish professional contacts and make an impact locally. LISSA maintains a strong working relationship with libraries and other professional associations. Our members have opportunities to volunteer both within their communities and at conferences. Members receive experience and exposure, both of which are invaluable for aspiring library professionals. LISSA officers have been hard at work to ensure that there will be numerous opportunities to volunteer, attend conferences, and remain actively involved with the organization throughout the year.
Again, I would like to thank you for your interest in LISSA. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you soon!
With warmest regards,
Welcome Message from LISSA Faculty Advisor Dr. Elise Lewis
Welcome to the American Libraries Association (ALA) Student Chapter at the University of South Carolina. Your student chapter is the Library and Information Science Student Association or “LISSA” for short. I am Elise Lewis, the LISSA faculty advisor, and I encourage you to join us.
What are the benefits?
For a small fee you get a lifetime membership to your student association. As a LISSA member you gain access to increased opportunities for networking and job placement. LISSA provides you with unique service learning opportunities and professional socials. LISSA provides you with a strong cohort, lasting friendships, and much more.
Whether you are in Columbia or at a distance, LISSA can support you. LISSA members are involved and we welcome you to get involved too!
What does LISSA do?
LISSA is a junior professional organization committed to serving its members by supporting the school, and contributing to the information profession. LISSA’s strives to make an impact locally, and nationwide in the library community through our activities.
Throughout the year LISSA hosts workshops, symposiums, social events and raises funds for scholarships through different activities. These activities help to build a stronger community here and allow you opportunities to develop your peer and mentor networks.
No matter where you live, you’ll find that becoming a member of LISSA will enhance your life as a student. We hope that you will join us as one of our newest LISSA members!
Elise Lewis, Ph.D.