I'm a sophomore undergraduate studying CS and I look forward to getting into research in future. Is there any advantage of being a student member of societies like ACM, IEEE, etc? I think it might help me expose myself more in the area of Computer Science and research in general but I'm still not sure. I realised that I already have access to digital library through my uni. How can I maximise the benefits I derive from my membership if I choose to become one?
For example, the yearly student membership cost of ACM where I study (India) is ~$25. It says:
- Access to the full ACM Digital Library
- Access to online courses, ebooks and training videos,
- Electronic subscription to Communications of the ACM magazine
- Access to ACM's highly targeted Career and Job Center -Subscription to XRDS, ACM's all new student magazine
- Electronic subscription to ACM CareerNews (twice monthly)
- ACM e-news digest TechNews (tri-weekly)
- ACM's monthly online newsletter MemberNet
- Free "acm.org" email forwarding address plus filtering
I don't know how much these subscriptions really benefit me.