In addition to SLIS's extensive accreditation and affiliation with professional organizations, the School also maintains a sense of community among its students, faculty and alumni.


Eagle Learning Online

Eagle Learning Online is the primary courseware for your SLIS online courses. The majority of classes will be held in this software and it is only accessible via your SOAR connections. This has an internal email system to communicate inside the course with your instructors and classmates. Visit Eagle Learing Online Information for more information.



Intended as a gathering place for the SLIS community, SouthernMiss@TheLibrarySchool is an Internet site operated using It is a place for the SLIS community, in all of its individual parts, to meet for discussions of all kinds and to build a sense of community among students, faculty, alumni, staff and especially for students at a distance from Hattiesburg who are taking courses online. The software allows for ongoing themed discussions, an open forum, Q&A and real-time chat. Get to know your fellow students and Southern Miss! Please see Instructions for more information. A few of the SLIS courses are taught in and it is where you will go if the primary online courseware has difficulties.


LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association)

LISSA is an official student chapter of the American Library Association (ALA). Each undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science is automatically a LISSA member. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) strives to support and contribute to the professional development and education of library and information science students, both graduate and undergraduate, at the USM School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). LISSA works to provide SLIS students with an active channel of communication and representation with the administration and faculty, and encourages professional contacts within the field of librarianship. Contact LISSA's faculty advisor Dr. Xinyu Yu or visit the LISSA page for more information.


SLIS Alumni Association

The SLIS Alumni Association consists of graduates, in and out of libraries, who support the educational and professional mission of the school. While much informal networking takes place at conventions, such as that of the Mississippi Library Association, more formal events, including the Alumni Banquet, have become a tradition.



The Univsersity of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association

The University of Southern Mississippi has a very active and visible alumni association. SMAA maintains links between Southern Miss and its graduates and friends by facilitating communication, sponsoring events, networking alumni employers and new university graduates and supporting The University's mission of outreach and education.


Beta Phi Mu

SLIS is the home of the Beta Psi Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information science. Founded in 1945 by the Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois, it has become the standard alumni organization promoting scholarship, leadership and service in the information professions.