Volunteer for an ACRL Committee

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to contribute your time and expertise to ACRL. We rely on the time, energy, and talent of our member volunteers to carry out the work of the Association. I’m delighted, as President-elect, to invite you to work with ACRL. 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. This year, I would particularly like to draw your attention to ACRL’s core commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which I and the Appointments Committee will be taking into account as we make appointments.

Thank you again for your dedication to ACRL.


Karen Munro
ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

Want to learn more about the ACRL appointment process?  On December 3, 2018, the ACRL Membership Committee hosted a webcast on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.  The session was recorded and is available here.

The link to the volunteer form is included at the end of this page.

Rewards of volunteering

Volunteers benefit by:

  • Building ties 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, and
  • advancing the work of the association and the profession.

Volunteer requirements

Certain criteria must be met in order to serve on an ACRL committee. Volunteers must:

  • be a member of ALA and ACRL for the duration of the appointment,
  • be willing and able to participate in the activities of the committee, support its mission or concern, and carry out assignments in a timely manner, and
  • submit an electronic appointment acceptance form.

 Please limit your selections to a maximum of three committees, not including editorial boards.

Additionally, committee members should be aware of ACRL's Conflict of Interest Policy, which can be seen in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures, chapter 15.3.

Appointment Process

Most of these appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference.

Division Committees: The Appointments Committee recommends to the president-elect of ACRL the names of members who might be suitable to fill the vacancies. The vice-president/president-elect makes the final appointments for the committees. 

Editorial or Publication Advisory Boards: The editors or chairs of editorial or publication advisory boards recommend to the Publications Coordinating Committee individuals to fill vacancies. The Publications Coordinating Committee is responsible for approving appointment recommendations and the vice-president/president-elect extends the appointment offer.

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


The online volunteer form must be completed by February 15, 2019, for consideration for 2019-20 appointments.  Most terms begin July 1, 2019.


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

Questions about division-level appointments may be directed to the chair of the Appointments Committee.

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 the form may be directed to Allison Payne at apayne@ala.org or Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org.

Volunteer Now (click here)

(You will have to log in to access the volunteer form and may need to refresh or revisit the link once logged in. Volunteer site works best in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari)

Trouble logging in?  The volunteer form is tied directly to the ALA membership database, and all ACRL volunteers must be current ALA and ACRL members. If you login and don't see an option to choose ACRL or an ACRL section from the dropdown menu, it’s most likely because you need to renew your ACRL membership and/or add the section to your ACRL membership (adding sections is free of charge).  You are welcome to do so by logging into your account on the ALA Web site or by calling ALA Member & Customer Support at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5.  After updating your membership, the volunteer form should update within 24 hours.