Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee


To provide oversight of the ECRR program including monitoring, promoting discussion and answering content questions on ECRR Facebook page; provide marketing and publication suggestions through existing ALA publications and educational events, including identification of external organizations; and recommend website updates to division staff. To provide advice on ECRR issues that may come to division staff and boards. To develop training opportunities in conjunction with division staff; update reading lists and early literacy activities as necessary; and to provide recommendations to the division boards on resources to maintain and enhance the project. Deliverables: the oversight committee will prepare regular reports at each Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference to the ALSC and PLA boards, providing recommendations for committee and staff work plans. A full status report and recommendations for next steps, based on two years of experience with the 2nd edition will be presented at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.


Marisa A. Conner (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Melissa Zymboly Depper (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Judy T. Nelson (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Jenna Nemec-Loise (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Sue McCleaf Nespeca (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Brooke E. Newberry (Member, September 21, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Sarah Stippich (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Anna Taylor (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Matthew J. McLain (Consultant, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Kathleen M. Hughes (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2011, to July 22, 2018)
Megan Stewart (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Aimee Strittmatter (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2019)

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The Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee consists of up to eight total members, four from each division (six members, three from each division minimum) appointed from the membership at large of each division, serving 2-year terms and led by the committee chair or co-chairs, plus a staff liaison from both ALSC and PLA.


Established in 2011 at the request of the ALSC and PLA Boards of Directors.

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ALSC and ALA value committed and active committee members. Qualified ALSC members are welcome to volunteer to serve on ALSC's committees. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other ALSC committees by filling out an ALSC committee volunteer form. Depending on the committee, appointments take place either in the spring or fall. Accordingly, committee service begins either following Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting.

Staff Liaison

alsc@ala.org & pla@ala.org
312-280-2163 & 312-280-5752