Why join student chapters of professional associations for information professionals? For one thing, student organizations are a great way to connect with peers from all across the country. Distance education can be, well, lonely, and we all should be aware of how important it is to start networking early in your career, so having the chance to build relationships among peers and future colleagues is invaluable during the time that you are a student. Alongside the wonderful social bonding and professional networking student organizations provide, student organizations offer many opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills that will help you later on in the job market and to further explore areas of your field that you feel most passionate about. San Jose State’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth. SAASC Executive Board members coordinate all kinds of on-site tours and virtual events with professionals in the field, communicate with members through various social media channels, organize and host regular meetings, and contribute to the production of Archeota, our chapter’s semiannual publication written by and for information students interested in archival studies.
Kelli Roisman, 2019-2020 SAASC Chair, describes the benefits of taking on leadership roles through student organizations in this way: “I joined the SAASC team because I wanted to make personal connections with other iSchool students who share similar interests. I enjoy reaching out to professionals in the field to create new programming for our membership. There are so many benefits, but I’ll pick just one! Student leadership is a great opportunity for career growth. Employers are looking for ‘demonstrated experience’ in addition to coursework. You can build up your skills and boost your qualifications by taking on a leadership role in student organizations.”
Students seeking to build up leadership and communication skills in a friendly and collegial environment should consider running for an executive board position. We’re now accepting nominations for our 2020-2021 SAASC Executive Board. Our new leadership team will be key to organizing chapter activities including site tours to Blizzard Entertainment and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Open positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Events Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator. Nominations will be accepted up to May 2. Send a brief bio to email@example.com. We’d love to have you join us. Please help us achieve our chapter’s goals for energizing our membership, creating new opportunities, and fostering career development! For more details, visit our website http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/. Send us a message if you have any questions; we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.