Info on the Student-to-Staff Program

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If you are interested in being the UB representative in Chicago next year, here is a little more information about the program from the ALA website (

Student-to-Staff Program

Each year during Annual Conference, the Chapter Relations Office assembles 40 representatives from the student chapters to assist ALA staff at the conference. To qualify, the student must be a current ALA member and a member of a student chapter, and cannot have previously participated in the program. Although each school has its own selection process (i.e. random drawing, essay contest, etc.), the chosen student’s name must be submitted to ALA by the group’s faculty advisor. One student will be accepted per chapter. In exchange for working 4 hours per day at the conference, the student will receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. Transportation costs (such as airfare and cabs) are the student’s responsibility. This program is only available at the Annual Conference. At this time there are no volunteer opportunities at Midwinter Meetings.

Information about the program is sent to the schools each year in early December, and the deadline for submitting a name is February 1. Because there is only room for 40 students and there are currently 49 active student chapters, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

See also the Facebook page American Library Association Student to Staff Participants


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