Volunteering for ALCTS Committees
Interested in volunteering for an ALCTS Committee? Concerned that limited funding may make it impossible for you to attend conferences?
Don’t worry. Volunteer anyway!
Keep in mind that most committees do much of their work between conferences by e-mail and phone calls, and conference attendance is not required to serve. There are also some committees (such as award juries) that don’t meet at conference at all. The ALCTS appointing officers are committed to working with volunteers to find an appropriate spot for you.
Just let us know your circumstances when you fill out the volunteer form.
Submitting this online form communicates your wish to serve and your interests to every appointing officer (the ALCTS President-elect and the Section Chair-elects).
As you decide on the appointment that might be right for you, read "How to Get Appointed to an ALCTS Committee," which is full of advice and helpful suggestions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for an ALCTS group. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the ALCTS office with any questions or concerns.
About the Form
The online volunteer form collects information about your background, the kind of work you'd like to do, and the names of groups to which you'd like an appointment. The form is always open, but the appointing cycle generally runs from February through June.
Accessing the Form
Log in to the ALA web site before clicking the link to the form to go directly to the welcome screen. Please Note: you cannot access the form if your ALCTS membership is not paid up-to-date.
If you do not log in, you'll be taken to the generic ALA login screen before you can proceed to the welcome screen.
Completing the Form
On the welcome screen will be a dropdown box. Make sure that ALCTS is selected before you click "Next." If you wish to volunteer for a section committee, please chose that section from the dropdown.
Clicking Next gets you to the first introductory page of the form. Click Next, and continue to the page that lists the available committees. You may choose to volunteer for multiple committees.
Fill out the survey as fully as you can. Review your choices and submit your volunteer form. You will receive an email message with your committee choices.
At the end of the form, you may go back to choose more committees. This would allow you to then choose committees from sections, the survey will keep the information you previously entered.
Go to the Committee Volunteer Form.