A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered by the Oct. 1 deadline to serve on YALSA selection, award, and strategic committees and task forces! I’m still busy reading through hundreds of committee volunteer forms and hope to have the process finalized by the end of the month.

In the meantime, don’t forget that as YALSA members, you’re also a member of ALA! And that means that you can apply to be on an ALA or Council committee. Serving on an ALA or Council committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities and experience in working on specific association topics.  Additionally, your service on ALA committees strengthens YALSA by ensuring that the Division is well-represented throughout the organization.

Express your interest in​ ALA ​committee service by filling out a volunteer form. When you click “submit” at the end, your completed form will be sent to ALA President-Elect Julie Todaro for consideration by either the Committee on Appointments (for ALA and Joint Committees) or the Committee on Committees (for Council Committees). The committees will carefully review your completed form and consider your requests and preferences. This form closes on Friday, November 6, 2015, and appointments are made throughout the spring of 2016, with terms starting July 1, 2016. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be sure to select ALA in the drop-down menu on the main form to volunteer for both ALA and Council committees).

Potential ALA Committee members should:

  • Consider whether they can attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings while serving on a committee in order to participate in the F2F meetings and activities of the committee.  Check with the current chair to see if attendance is required.
  • Have an interest in the work of the committee, and relevant experience or skills to contribute to the group.
  • Have the time and skills needed to work between conferences via email, conference calls, Google docs, Skype, etc.

Additional information:

  • Committee descriptions are found on the ALA website.
  • Members may serve on no more than three committees (across ALA, Divisions, etc.) at a time, and may only serve on one Council committee at a time.
  • Consider volunteering as an intern! Serving as an intern is a great way to gain valuable ALA experience. The Intern Program is open to any ALA member who has never been appointed to a position on an ALA or Council Committee, nor held an elected office within ALA or any unit of ALA (including Divisions, Round Tables, etc.).
  • Please note that the italicized committees below have specific requirements. Please review the text in parentheses before volunteering for these committees.

The ALA Committees are:

  • Accreditation
  • American Libraries Advisory
  • Awards
  • Chapter Relations
  • Conference
  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Election (members responsible for travel costs to ALA Headquarters in Chicago one day per year in late April or early May)
  • Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory
  • Information Technology Policy Advisory
  • Literacy
  • Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory
  • Membership
  • Membership Meetings
  • Public and Cultural Programs Advisory
  • Research and Statistics
  • Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds
  • Scholarships and Study Grants
  • Training, Orientation and Leadership Development
  • Website Advisory

The Council Committees are:

  • Budget Analysis and Review
  • Council Orientation (current or former ALA Councilors are desired)
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • International Relations
  • Legislation
  • Library Advocacy
  • Organization
  • Policy Monitoring (only ALA Councilors with terms through 2018 are eligible)
  • Professional Ethics
  • Public Awareness
  • Publishing
  • Resolutions (must have experience as an ALA Councilor or have served on a Council Committee)
  • Status of Women in Librarianship

The ALA Joint Committees are:

  • ALA-Children’s Book Council (meets twice a year in NYC and members cover their own travel costs)
  • ALA Society of American Archivists/American Association of Museums

For technical assistance or for more information on the committee appointments process, contact Kerri Price, staff liaison to the Committee on Appointments and the Committee on Committees.

About Sarah Hill

Sarah is the Information Services Librarian at Lake Land College, a rural community college in Illinois. She is happily serving as YALSA Immediate Past President. You can follow her on Twitter at @glibrarian.

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