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
Early Childhood Programs and Services, Every Child Ready to Read Oversight, Intellectual Freedom, Advocacy and Legislation, 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
Carnegie Medal/Notable Children's Videos, Great Web Sites for Kids, Notable Children's Books, Notable Children's Recordings, Popular Picks for PreTeens Implementation Questions Task Force
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
Budget, Local Arrangements, Membership, Metamorphosis Team Task Force, Nominating, Oral History, Organization & Bylaws, Preconference Planning, Program Coordinating, (Charlemae) Rollins President's Program Planning, National Institute Planning 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, Award Service & Social Media Review Task Force, Belpré 20th Anniversary Celebration Task Force, Belpré Criteria Questions Task Force, Book Award Seals on E-book Versions Task Force, Caldecott 75th Anniversary Task Force, Frequency of the Wilder Award Task Force
Priority Group VI - Partnerships
AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation, Liaison with 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 Book Discussion Group, Children's Collection Management Discussion Group, Collections of Children's Books for Adult Research Discussion Group, Education, Managing Children's Services, Managing Children's Services Discussion Group, Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship, Storytelling Discussion Group, Digital Content Task Force
To volunteer for a committee, please fill out the ALSC Committee Volunteer Form (Word doc) and submit it to the ALSC Office. You can learn more about the committees by downloading the ALSC Committees: A Guide to Participation (PDF).
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 Tim Wadham (July 2012); Notes 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
ALSC on ALA Connect - Learn how ALSC is using ALA Connect. Watch videos and get support for committees using ALA Connect. (Updated August 2013)