What Does That ALSC Committee Do?

ALSC Committee Survey Results 2016

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 of the survey are also available in PDF format.


Priority Groups:

  1. Child Advocacy
  2. Evaluation of Media
  3. Professional Awards and Scholarships
  4. Organizational Support
  5. Awards
  6. Partnerships
  7. Professional Development

Priority Group I: Child Advocacy

Advocacy and Legislation Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work:
    • ALSC Blog: each member takes a month and writes about a topic of their choosing
    • Occasional advocacy-related work: sometimes we get requests for more information on certain topics related to advocacy and we need to respond quickly
    • Monthly chat: while we do meet at ALA Annual & Midwinter, we've found a monthly chat on ALA connect is a great way to stay in touch and keep our work moving forward.
    • Everyday Advocacy: coordination, cross-promotion and support
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Writing/Communication
  • Other information: No advocacy knowledge is required, but prospective members need to be willing to get out of their comfort zone. A willing attitude and passion for library work are musts, too.

Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting and additional meetings
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Committee members are expected to help reach external partners, while also working alongside other ALSC committees.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: The Babies Need Words Every Day poster initiative. These shareable resources were designed to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children's literacy.
  • Other information: The committee can be a lot of work at times and members are expected to be active participants throughout their term. The work the committee produces is of a high caliber that we are very proud of and we accomplish a lot in the short time we spend together each month (virtually)!

Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting and additional meetings
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
  • Busiest time(s) of the year: January, February, June, July
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: commitment to provide four ALSC articles per year by committee; commitment to offer workshops at every conference possible on ECRR2
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Writing/Communication, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: securing two different IMLS grants around the topic of ECRR2 over the past 5 years.

Intellectual Freedom Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: < 1 hour per month
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Each member contributes 1-2 blog posts for the ALSC blog over the course of each year.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • Other information: There is a lot of scope for the committee to select projects of interest to them and to work with other committees and groups within ALA (such as IFRT) to forward the interests of IF.

Committee for Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: December
  • Communication: Email, conference calls
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Developing a tool kit for librarians serving special populations. Working to increase funding for our grant.
  • Other information: Need to attend ALA conferences, December is very busy as that is when we evaluate grant applications. We also must all contribute to the ALSC blog.

Public Awareness Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, October, November
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: occasionally working with the ALSC Office for targeted promotional projects, such as Día
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Updating the Wikipedia entry for ALSC and creating one for Media Mentorship; realigning and the ALSC Pinterest boards and populating them with content from the ALSC Blog and other resources
  • Other information: We meet virtually about once per month via ALA Connect, and committee members are asked to attend as many as possible.

School-Age Programs & Services Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: occasionally working with the ALSC Office for targeted promotional projects, such as Día
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We created a list of recent, diverse, high-quality nonfiction for tweens paired with fiction titles and received funding to have the list designed for printed bookmarks and for a larger pdf.
  • Other information: We hold monthly virtual meetings on ALA Connect and publish a monthly blog post on the ALSC blog, written by a different member each month.

Priority Group II: Evaluation of Media

Carnegie Medal/Notable Children's Videos Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meeting other than all-committee meetings
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: September, October, November, December
  • Communication: Email
  • Beneficial skills: Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation

Great Websites for Kids Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 3-4 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, June, July, September, October
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Media Evaluation
  • Other information: This is the most time-consuming committee of which I have been a member. The task of evaluating tens (or hundreds - including maintenance work) of sites for multiple criteria across multiple platforms, three times per year, can be daunting. Add in the task of finding new sites to supplement the sometimes awful ones that are submitted to us, and it takes a large commitment of time. On the positive side, three times per year, we have concrete measure of our endeavors as we announce the winning sites.

2016 Notable Children's Books Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting. At both the annual and midwinter conferences, attendance at multiple meetings is required, i.e. from 4-6 meetings.
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: March-December
  • Communication: Email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Writing/Communication, Diplomacy, knowledge of literature
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: The development of the final list and completion of the annotations in a timely manner were a major accomplishment.
  • Other information: There is a tremendous amount of reading required of members of the committee, starting with the publication of spring titles and continuing through the annual and midwinter conferences. Writing skills are needed to prepare nominations and annotations. Being able to work cooperatively with others is essential to effective participation in the annual and midwinter conferences, to the voting process at the midwinter conference and to the writing and editing of annotations for the final list. 

2017 Notable Children's Books Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meetings
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January, May, June, August, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, Google Hangouts
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We are working on updating the manual. The committee is online more and using Google Docs to submit nominations and voting online-adding technology. I'm excited to add more tips and information on how to write a short annotation. Also, adding information on what a notable book is and going over the criteria-step by step. We are sharing more on ALA Connect and will continue to add more documents and conversations on ALA Connect. Enthusiasm-communication and more communication.
  • Other information: So many things – be organized – explore Readerware and other online lists. Review past notable lists, go over the annotations, practice writing a few annotations. Read past notable books. Review the criteria over and over before you write your nominations. Look everywhere for possible children's notable books – book stores, libraries, websites, blogs, twitter, publisher previews and more. Communicate – ask questions, call, and email the chair. I would love to create a more visual experience for the final notable children's books list. I hope new members/Chair will continue to update the manual.

Notable Children's Recordings Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meeting other than all-committee meetings
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January
  • Communication: Email, Google Hangouts
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Media Evaluation, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Too early for me to say - I just started chairing this month.
  • Other information: It's still too early for me to know, but I would say that this committee requires a substantial time commitment.

Priority Group III: Professional Awards and Scholarships

Distinguished Service Award Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment:  1-2 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: February, March, April, July, September, October, November
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Since everyone is new to this Committee, we will be playing it by ear. We have been communicating with each other, and have prepared announcements for soliciting nominations. We will put that part of the work in motion as soon as the nominating process goes live on the ALSC website.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Diplomacy
  • Other information: This Committee serves for one year: February - January. The Award is announced at MidWinter (2017). Although the Committee is virtual, as the Committee Chair, I will be there. Committee members should have spent some time working on other ALSC committees, and know active ALSC members.

Scholarships Committee: Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, May
  • Communication: Email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Diplomacy, Good grasp of librarianship as a profession.
  • Other information: It is very intense during the months when applications are reviewed and discussed. Committee members should expect to work during late March, April and May and be available to confer with the rest of the committee during that time. (Don't plan a Spring vacation or surgery or anything like that!)

Priority Group IV: Organizational Support

Budget Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Busiest time of the year: January, April, May, June, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, Dropbox
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: The Budget Chair attends the BARC and PBA meetings as a representative of ALSC
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: The Budget Committee reviews the ALSC Budget and make recommendations for the ALSC Board. Committee members have become involved in Seal Sales forecasting. Budget Committee members report on Movie Tie-Ins and Anniversary Editions for Newbery and Caldecott award books.  These tools help the Executive Director in creating the ALSC budget.
  • Other information: The Budget Committee is a wonderful professional development opportunity and gives a fascinating insight into the operation of ALSC. Members work with the Budget Chair, Fiscal Officer, Vice President/President-Elect, Past-President and Executive Director. In addition to budget review, committee members are also responsible for periodic review of the ALSC dues structure. Other projects include ALSC Blog posts, internal ALSC flyers on CLSE committee funding opportunities and review and recommendation of CLSE applications.
  • Other information: The ALSC Budget Committee Manual especially pages 6-8 give a good flavor of what happens on the committee. We have two meetings at Midwinter and Annual. The Annual meetings are on Sunday morning and Monday afternoon. At Midwinter the meetings are on Sunday and Monday and both in the morning. The Chair has additional meetings including reporting at the ALSC Board Meeting on Monday at Midwinter and Tuesday at Annual.

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting + additional meetings
  • Time commitment: <1 hour per month
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, May, June
  • Communication: Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Working with outside agencies to procure items that are representative of the state where the annual meeting is. Being able to direct other ALA members during meetings and conferences.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication, Time Management
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Being able to find non-ALSC members to volunteer their time and energy to help out.
  • Other information: If you don't have the time to commit, don't volunteer for a committee that will get things done in a timely manner! Make sure you are willing to answer the call to help out, no matter if you are on a committee or not. Who knows, maybe you will end up on the committee of your dreams!

Membership Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Writing postcards and emails to new members.
  • Beneficial skills: Writing/Communication, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Planning, drafting and filming a video for members and potential members
  • Other information: Attendance is not compulsory, but it is hoped that members will attend ALSC 101 and work the ALSC booth at Annual

Nominating Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, May, June, July, August, September
  • Communication: Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Networking regionally, locally and statewide to recruit/encourage/obtain names of nominees
  • Beneficial skills: Writing/Communication, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Conducting a survey for ALSC Committee chairs about the nature of committee work and compiling the results for potential volunteers.
  • Other information: This is a great committee to learn about how ALSC works!

Organization and Bylaws Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: January, May, June, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: This is a great committee to learn about how ALSC works!

Program Coordinating Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: January, August, September, October, December
  • Communication: Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Each committee member is a liaison to one or two program presenters and communicates with them about deadlines in the months leading up to ALA.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We have started collecting member input on potential program topics--I'm excited to see how it turns out!
  • Other information: This is a fun committee because you're helping plan what programs people can attend at Annual…people including you!

Website Advisory Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Busiest time of the year: March, April, October, November
  • Communication: ALA Connect
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational

Priority Group V: Awards

Batchelder Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Busiest time of the year: May, October, November, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: None. The chair works with publishers but the members do not.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We will be selecting the 2017 Batchelder winners which is very rewarding.
  • Other information: Members must be present for one annual and one midwinter meeting. The others are optional.

Belpré Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other that all-committee
  • Time commitment: 3-4 hours per month
  • Busiest time of the year: May-December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Media Evaluation

Caldecott Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January, September, October, November, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: The committee responsibilities for Caldecott are stated pretty clearly in the manual. I think one of the aspects committee members don't realize is that they will need to track down eligible books, since not every publisher sends everything. Also they have to use their librarian skills to determine eligibility, although the chair and PGC can help with some trickier aspects. Also, committee members are expected to promote winning books and the award.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation, Diplomacy, Understanding of basic design; book discussion skills
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We made our medal and honor book selections! The process is an intense one, but it is wonderful to come together as a group to get the job done.
  • Other information: Everyone seems to want to serve on Caldecott, and it truly is a wonderful experience, but there are a lot of things you have to give to do it, particularly in terms of personal time. The amount of work can catch some people by surprise. Toward the end of the year, it can be relentless. I think there is a myth out there that Caldecott is easier than other committees. There may be less in terms of word count, but I think the learning curve can be greater for some people, particularly if you have never had to talk about the visual elements of a book in great depth. Also, ALSC asks you not to publish, post, or write publicly about any eligible books. This can be hard for some who are heavily involved in social media.

Geisel Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Media Evaluation
  • Other information: There is quite a bit of reading and evaluating of books which also requires members to seek out books as not all the books will be sent to them from the publishers.

Newbery Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: September, October, November, December
  • Communication: Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: For most members, the work is reading and evaluation of eligible books. Some members have volunteered for extra duties such as record-keeping and note-taking.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: It is still early days, but I will say that we had a terrific exercise at our first meeting, where members were asked to share a book they loved that did not win the Newbery Medal. It was instructive in so many ways: we practiced talking about books quickly and concisely; we learned about each other in the context of our reading tastes and appreciations; and we prepared ourselves for letting go of books, acknowledging that we could still love them. Officially our first meeting at MW is open to the public so I believe I can share this story without breaking our rules of confidentiality.
  • Other information: It's totally worth it.

Odyssey Award Selection Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meetings
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Communication: Email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: I was pleased by the amount of communication and collaboration among committee members throughout the year via email as well as in multiple committee meetings at midwinter and annual.
  • Other information: The Odyssey Award committee demands a significant investment of personal time in order to keep up with the influx of submitted materials. It was not at all unusual for committee members to devote a MINIMUM of 2-3 hours per day listening to submitted titles, and up to 4 hours per day toward the end of the listening year.

Sibert Informational Book Award Selection Committee (2017)

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January, May, June, September, October, November, December
  • Communication: Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Reading.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We have just begun our year.
  • Other information: Be prepared to read widely, read deeply, and participate fully in discussion.

Sibert Informational Book Award Selection Committee (2016)

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: > 4 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Chair acts as liaison with publishers and with ALSC staff and Priority Group Consultant.
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation, Diplomacy, Graphic Design
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: I am so proud of the selection of books honored by the 2016 Sibert Award Committee and also very proud of the serious discussions held during Annual and Midwinter meetings and of the respect with which committee members treated each others' sometimes opposing opinions and of the hard work they all did. I am quietly proud of a commitment I made to myself: that I would write up brief reviews on every self-published book submitted to the committee so that I could feel as confident as possible that these books were given equal consideration with books submitted by major publishers.
  • Other information: The Sibert Committee requires much more than 4 hours of attention/ work per month for most months of the year. Committee members agree that they all spent roughly 8 hours per WEEK on the committee from July through December, with 4-6 hours per week in the slower initial months. This work includes, in the early weeks, background reading and then regular reading of incoming books, time spent on personal evaluation and prioritizing in order to submit suggestions and cogent reviewing as nominations are submitted.

Priority Group VI: Partnerships

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, Google Hangouts
  • Beneficial skills: Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Recently, we have started planning a webinar series on Media Mentorship. The committee's planning on this and work with the Education Committee has been a powerful collaboration. This program will help facilitate a nationwide sharing of best practices and programming ideas for media mentorship.

Liaisons to National Organizations Committee

  • Online only? No
  • Meetings at conference: All-committee meeting + additional meetings
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Busiest time of the year: January, April, June, October
  • Communication: ALA Connect
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: As Liaisons to National Organizations, committee members are always thinking of ways to connect organizations with libraries--the work will vary depending on the organization and committee make-up. Members rotate turns to write a monthly blog posts for the ALSC blog. Members are required to attend ALA annual and mid-winter conferences; and participate in a web-chat in April and October.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We are hosting quarterly meetings on ALA Connect. We are working towards a Twitter chat discussion and would like to produce a bookmark noting several organizations that could work with libraries in their community. Our committee members also write a monthly blog posts for the ALSC blog.

QuickLists Consulting Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month.
  • Communication: Email
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: This year we created an outstanding new list: Celebrating 20 Years of Dia.
  • Other information: The name of the committee explains the very nature of our work: creating book lists / bibliographies with a very quick turnaround. The participation and contributions of all committee members is expected and needed. The committee's work is irregular and the deadlines vary from project to project. So it is difficult to say what our times of heaviest volume will be in the future.

Priority Group VII: Professional Development

Children and Libraries Advisory Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, conference calls
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Occasionally ask if anyone is interested in being a guest editor for an edition of the journal
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: The diversity issue of C&L seemed to get very good feedback. We are also working on an anniversary edition that I am excited to see in its final product.
  • Other information: The committee sometimes tries to have an informal meeting at conferences, but it is not mandatory. It is nice to put faces with the voices you have heard on conference calls throughout the year, though.

Children and Technology Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, Google Hangouts
  • Beneficial skills: Writing/Communication, Media Evaluation
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: Recently, we have started planning a webinar series on Media Mentorship. The committee's planning on this and work with the Education Committee has been a powerful collaboration. This program will help facilitate a nationwide sharing of best practices and programming ideas for media mentorship.
  • Other information: The Children and Technology Committee communicates regularly and is one in which everyone's opinion matters. There are opportunities for individual work including writing blog posts, hosting TwitterChats, writing articles, etc. and for collaborative work with other committee members on programming, surveys, and general discussions of committee priorities.

Education Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: Meetings other than all-committee meeting
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email, Google Hangouts, Google Docs
  • Beneficial skills: Analytical, Organizational, Writing/Communication, Evaluating continuing education proposals for webinars and online courses
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: We are very proud that we updated and rewrote the Competencies for Librarians Serving Children.
  • Other information: We meet monthly through Google Hangouts. We are currently addressing gaps in the Continuing Education that ALSC offers and are seeking proposals for webinars and online courses that address these gaps.

Managing Children's Services Committee

  • Online only? Yes
  • Meetings at conference: None
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month.
  • Communication: ALA Connect, Email
  • Extra duties for members beyond committee work: Our committee members created webinars around youth management areas and have been offering them online, beginning in January of this year. We also have members rotate writing a blog post for the ALSC blog each month. We also help with the Mentor/Mentee matching twice a year.
  • Beneficial skills: Organizational, Writing/Communication, Diplomacy
  • The Chair is proud of accomplishing: The webinars were begun under the previous committee chair, Thom Barthlemess. I am so proud of what our little virtual committee accomplished! So far, we have offered three webinars, and each one has had 300-400 registrants! This shows that the work the committee is doing, on mentoring and helping to train future youth leaders, is valuable and timely.
  • Other information: Don't hold back from volunteering because you think you don't have enough experience yet - it takes people from all different backgrounds and year(s) of experience to make a committee successful. If we all had twenty plus years’ experience, we wouldn't know all the newer things necessarily that our less experienced counterparts do. We can learn from someone with six months experience as a youth manager as much as we can learn from someone with 600 months experience!