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Volunteer for ALA and Council Committees for 2010–2011

ALA President-Elect Roberta Stevens is soliciting members to volunteer for ALA and Council committees during the 2010–2011 appointment process. Stevens is chairing both the Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees. Volunteers are needed to serve on the following committees: Accreditation; American Libraries Advisory; Awards; Budget, Analysis and Review; Chapter Relations; Conference; Constitution and Bylaws; Council Orientation; Diversity; Education; Election; Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory; Information Technology Policy Advisory; Intellectual Freedom; International Relations; Legislation; Library Advocacy; Literacy; Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory; Membership; Membership Meetings; Organization; Policy Monitoring (current Council members only); Professional Ethics; Public and Cultural Programs Advisory; Public Awareness; Publishing; Research and Statistics; Resolutions; Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Training, Orientation and Leadership Development; Website Advisory; ALA-Children’s Book Council (Joint); ALA-Association of American of Museums (Joint); and ALA-Association of American Publishers (Joint). The committee volunteer form is available online.

For more information on the committee appointments process, contact the ALA Executive Board Secretariat.    

Apply for the Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

The American Library Association is accepting applications for the 2009 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to international library service.

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. “International conference” is defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or a conference held in a country other than the applicant’s home country. The submission deadline is January 1, 2009. The winner will be announced after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Send applications to: International Relations Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795 or email: A list of past winners (including a number of ALCTS members) is available online.    

New ALA Web Site for Job Seekers

If you are seeking a job, ALA has a new web site to meet your needs. The web site provides advice, resources, links, best practices, and real-life examples.