Activities and Services

Getting involved with LES

First: Sign onto the Discussion List

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to the Section discussion list, LES-L. The list is the best place to learn of Section activities. Members use the list to share ideas and to ask questions so it offers a terrific opportunity to learn from one another. For people who may not be able to attend conferences, LES-L offers a chance to network and to read conference meeting notes. The amount of traffic is certainly manageable, so don't let fear of mail volume stop you from signing up.

Second: Read Biblio-Notes

As a member you should automatically receive copies of Biblio-Notes, the Section newsletter. The newsletter is published twice each year and back issues are on the Web. Contact John Glover, the Editor, if you have articles or information to publish. Log into the ALA site to be sure your mailing address is up to date.

Third: Come to ALA Conferences

If you are able to come to the ALA conferences, LES hosts a number of meetings, programs and discussion groups that everyone is encouraged to attend. With the exception of the Nominations Committee, all Committee meetings, including those of the Executive Committee, are open to anyone who would like to stop by.

While the meeting schedule can change, our schedule tends to follow this pattern. More detailed information about the LES schedule of events at the conferences is sent to LES-L and posted prominently on the front page of the Section Web site as the conferences approach.

Fourth: Volunteer for Committee Service

Members are encouraged to consider serving on a committee. ACRL guidelines recommend that committee members are able to attend all the ALA conferences held during their term of service, but there are often opportunities to help out, even if you can't come to multiple, consecutive conferences. If you have any questions about the work of any committee, contact the current Chair of that committee. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the ACRL volunteer form.

Fifth: Join the Mentoring Service

Seeking advice about literature librarianship or professional development? Interested in sharing your expertise? Use the mentoring form to express your interests and describe your needs and skills. The Membership Committee will match mentors and mentees accordingly.


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, you may contact Frank Gravier, the current chair of the Membership Committee, or any members of the LES Executive Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you.

Special thanks to ALA and ACRL for hosting this site.

This site was established 24 March 1996 at the University of Connecticut and moved to its current location at ALA on November 30, 2000.

Last updated: February 15, 2018

Comments may be directed to the LES Website Editor, Brittany Richardson.

Special thanks to Jackie Hackman for designing the LES logo.