On February 5, 2005, the MLS program became the first library program without American Library Association (ALA) accreditation to host an ALA student chapter. The purpose of ECU's ALA Student Chapter is "to enhance the educational experience of students studying library science at ECU as well as to further student's intellectual and professional development." Every matriculated MLS student is a member of the ALA student chapter.
T he 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: