On February 5, 2005 ECU’s library science program became the first student chapter to be chartered under a new initiative to permit programs endorsed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the America Library Association (ALA), to form student chapters. In 2015 the MLS program added the American Library Association (ALA) accreditation to its AASL endorsement. The student chapter offers a variety of learning and networking opportunities to MLS students interested in academic, public, school, and special libraries. Every matriculated MLS student is a member of the ALA student chapter.
The Chapter is active with online meetings and guest speakers, which enhances students' total learning experience. These meetings have featured respected professionals such as Ann Martin, the 2008-2009 AASL President, Faye Snodgrass, Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi, Barbara Stripling, the 2013-2014 ALA President, Karen O'Brien, the Director of the ALA Office for Accreditation, public library directors throughout the state, and school library media consultants at the NC Department of Public Instruction.
The chapter focuses its efforts on a successful annual "Give the Gift of Reading" Book Drive, a series of online presentations by eminent librarians. The Book Drive is the chapter's signature event. Since the Book Drive's inception in 2006 more than 1,400 books have been collected and donated to organizations throughout North Carolina.
Each year, the MLS faculty select a representative to attend ALA Annual in the Student-to-Staff program. The student must be in the first tier of the program, have exemplary grades, and show evidence of leadership potential. The chosen representative becomes the in-coming ECU ALA Student Chapter President.
The following students represented the ECU MLS program at ALA Annual in the Student-to-Staff program: