Volunteer for an ACRL Committee or Section by February 14, 2020!

Thank you for volunteering to contribute your time and expertise to ACRL! Our association relies on the time, energy, and talent of our member volunteers to carry out the work of the Association. In the interests of creating an appointment process that is as transparent as possible, I will issue a statement informing the membership of the number of opportunities and volunteers, and other relevant information, after the appointments process is complete. 

Let's go!

Jon E. Cawthorne
ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

ACRL Volunteer Guidelines

These guidelines are intended to help ACRL members understand which priorities are considered in appointing members to volunteer positions at the division level. These guidelines are not intended to serve as a strict rubric. Generally, the Vice-President, Appointments Committee, and section Vice-Chairs should approach appointments with a holistic perspective, seeking overall balance in service to the association’s goals and priorities.

Check out the ACRL Membership Committee webcast, Get Involved: Everything You Need to Know abut Volunteering for an ACRL Committee, for more information on the volunteer process.

Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

ACRL has made a core commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Appointments should seek to offer leadership and service opportunities to members with this commitment in mind. Racialized and racially or ethnically underrepresented colleagues should be offered opportunities wherever possible, in order to help ACRL acknowledge and address historical racial inequities; challenge oppressive systems within academic libraries; value different ways of knowing; and identify and work to eliminate barriers to equitable services, spaces, resources, and scholarship.

In general, appointments should:

  • seek geographic diversity on committees and sections. This can include international representation, and/or it can include representation from different regions of the United States.
  • seek diversity in types of institutions represented on committees and sections. Candidates from public, private, and non-educational (research) institutions, consortia, and other institutions should be included, as well as candidates from community colleges, four-year college and universities, and research and doctoral universities. Historically, community college representation is particularly needed in order to ensure equitable representation for colleagues employed in community colleges.
  • consider diversity in roles and duties represented on committees and sections. Candidates from all areas of academic and research librarianship should be considered for appointment, although in some cases it may be important to appoint candidates with particular expertise to carry out particular duties.
  • seek to balance seniority, experience, and tenure in committees and sections.


  • Candidates must be current members in good standing of ALA and ACRL, and must remain so for the duration of their appointment. Candidates cannot serve on any committee or section for more than 5 consecutive years.
  • Candidates must not hold more than 3 concurrent appointments within ALA or ACRL at any one time.
  • If a candidate with 3 existing appointments wishes to take up additional appointments, they must resign from one of their current appointments.
Rewards of Volunteering Process Volunteer Form - Feb 14 Deadline

Volunteers benefit by:

  • Building ties and engaging with academic and research librarians around the country
  • Enhancing their leadership abilities through consensus building and project management
  • Sharing their experience with colleagues
  • Developing new expertise or updating knowledge in a current specialization
  • Advancing the ACRL Plan for Excellence
  • Advancing the work of the work of the profession


Volunteer by February 14, 2020!
Appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference.

Division-level Committees: The Appointments Committee recommends to the President-Elect the names of members who might be suitable to fill the vacancies. The President-Elect makes the final appointments for committees.

Editorial Boards: The editors or chairs of editorial or publication advisory boards recommend to the Publications Coordinating Committee (PCC) individuals to fill vacancies. PCC is responsible for approving appointment recommendations and the President-Elect extends offers.

Sections: Section vice-chairs appoint the members of section committees.

Volunteer Form

Trouble logging in? The volunteer form is tied to your ALA/ACRL membership. To become an ALA/ACRL member or to add sections, please login to the ALA website or call ALA Member & Customer Support at 1-800-545-2433.

Questions about the form or eligibility may be directed to ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives Allison Payne at apayne@ala.org or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org.


For more information, please refer to Volunteer & Appointment Process and Member Service on ACRL Committees.

  • Questions about division-level committee appointments may be directed to the chair of the Appointments Committee Meghan Elizabeth Sitar at msitar@umich.edu or ACRL President-elect Jon E. Cawthorne at jon.cawthorne@wayne.edu.
  • Questions about section appointments may be directed to the vice-chair of each section. Full contact information is available from the section landing page.
  • Questions about editorial board appointments may be directed to the chair of the Publications Coordinating Committee Kristen Grace Totleben at ktotleben@gmail.com or Editor-in-Chief of C&RL News/Senior Communications Strategist David Free at dfree@ala.org.
  • Questions about the form or eligibility may be directed to ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives Allison Payne at apayne@ala.org or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org.