We are the student chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) at the University of British Columbia’s School of Information. Students at UBC’s iSchool came together to form the first ALA student chapter at UBC during Winter Term 1, 2010. We are the 60th student chapter of ALA (SCALA), and as of December 2010 we are one of two ALA student chapters in Canada.
The ALA is made up of volunteer members — including 2,000 international members — who advocate for all things library related. This includes pushing for equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and information literacy, as well as supporting the library profession by holding conferences, offering professional development opportunities and setting standards for library school accreditation. The work ALA does goes beyond the borders of the U.S., and we heartily encourage interested students to join us.