ALSC Committees

ALSC's nearly 60 committees, task forces, and discussion groups are classified into priority groups, which were established according to designated priorities of the ALSC Board of Directors. Each priority group is headed by a priority group consultant, who acts as a liaison between the ALSC Board of Directors/Executive Committee and the committees/discussion groups within his or her priority group.

ALSC's member leaders carry out the work of the Association, developing valuable programs, publications, and resources for youth librarians. Most committees require in-person meetings at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting, but some committees include virtual positions and a few function almost entirely virtually.

Priority Group I - Child Advocacy
Advocacy and Legislation, Early Childhood Programs and Services, Every Child Ready to Read Oversight, Intellectual Freedom, Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers, Preschool Services Discussion Group, Public Awareness, School-Age Programs and Service

Priority Group II - Evaluation of Media 
Digital Media Implementation Task Force, Excellence for Early Learning Digital Media, Notable Children's Books, Notable Children's Digital Media, Notable Children's Recordings

Priority Group III - Professional Awards and Scholarships
(May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, Distinguished Service Award, Grants Administration, Scholarships: Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound

Priority Group IV - Organizational Support 
Awards Preconference Planning, Budget, Local Arrangements, Membership, Nominating, Oral History, Organization & Bylaws, Program Coordinating, (Charlemae) Rollins President's Program Planning, National Institute Planning Task Force, Student Gift Membership Task Force, Summer Reading and Learning Task Force, Website Advisory Committee

Priority Group V - Awards
Batchelder Award Selection, Belpre Award Selection, Caldecott Award Selection, Geisel Award Selection, Newbery Award Selection, Odyssey Award Selection, Sibert Award Selection, Wilder Award Selection

Priority Group VI - Partnerships

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation, Liaison to National Organizations, Public Library-School Partnerships Discussion Group, Quicklists Consulting

Priority Group VII - Professional Development
Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory, Children and Technology, Children's Collection Management Discussion Group, Education, Managing Children's Services, Managing Children's Services Discussion Group, Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship, Storytelling Discussion Group, Diversity within ALSC Task Force


Interested in volunteering? Learn more about committees and the appointments process

Committee Resources

Best Practices for Virtual Committees - This resource was created by the (META)Morphosis Task Force to assist virtual committees with completing their work.  (September 2012)

Process Chairs Orientation webinar by Julie Dietzel-Glair and Matt McLain (August 2016); Slides from this session are also available.
All new process committee chairs should view this webinar; book and media evaluation committee chairs will have face-to-face orientations at Annual and Midwinter

What Does That ALSC Committee Do? - In 2016, the ALSC Organization & Bylaws Committee surveyed ALSC committee chairs on the duties, skills, and communication necessary for the individual work of the committee. The results are available as a PDF. 

ALSC on ALA Connect - Learn how ALSC is using ALA Connect. Watch videos and get support for committees using ALA Connect. (Updated August 2013)

Committee Work Plan Template

Division Leadership Manual

Pathfinder/FAQ related to committee work

Priority Group Consultant Manual

ALSC Forms