If you are a GSLIS student, you’re already a member of ALASC! You can take advantage of all the activities and resources that the organization offers. However, to take advantage of the much greater resources of the national association, you’ll need to become an ALA member.
To join ALA at the student rate, please click here and follow the link to the Massachusetts Library Association for joint student membership to both organizations. Keep your receipts, though, because your ALA membership is one (of many) items that Simmons will help fund through the LISSA Professional Development Reimbursement program.
There are many ALA Divisions & Roundtables in ALA that you may want to join, but it is easy to be confused by acronyms. The New Members Roundtable (NMRT) is a great place to start. The ALA’s own Guide to Divisions & Roundtables highlights what groups are best to join depending on the type of library you hope to work in. You can also consult the grid developed by ALASC that suggests divisions and roundtables based on your interests and favorite GSLIS classes.