ALA Chapter Relations Committee (CRC)


To develop and recognize chapters as integral components of ALA. To encourage discussion, activities and programs that support the mutual interests of ALA and the chapters. To advise when requested on proposals and actions of other ALA units that may affect chapters. To provide a forum wherein chapters can share ideas and concerns of common interest and identify common needs and goals. To communicate these chapter needs and goals to ALA and ALA goals, programs and priorities to the chapters. To encourage and maintain a cooperative and supportive relationship among ALA, its units, and the chapters. To formulate and review periodically requirements for chapter status. To serve as an advisory committee to the Chapter Relations Office.


Dr. Joe F. Dahlstrom (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2011)
Joseph A. Fennewald (Member, July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2010)
Ms. Emily R. Guss (Member, July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2010)
Mrs. Candice G. Oliver (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Chris Olson (Member, June 30, 2009, to July 1, 2011)
Gina A. Persichini (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Diane R. Tebbetts (Member, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Irene S. Blalock (PLA Representative, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010)
Lisa Carlucci Thomas (LITA Representative, July 1, 2009, to July 31, 2013)
Mr. Ben Trapskin (Intern, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2010)
Joseph M. Eagan (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2011)
Michael P. Dowling (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2014)
Donald Wood (Staff Liaison, February 20, 2009, to November 24, 2050)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2009. Last retrieved on 03/28/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.



Eleven (11) Members, which includes the Chair. To be eligible to be a member of the Chapter Relations Committee, an individual must be an ALA member who is also a member of an ALA Chapter or Divisional Affiliate. In addition, eight (8) of the eleven (11) members should have state library association (Chapter) leadership or committee experience.

Chapter Leaders Forum

The Chapter Leaders Forum, presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Committee at each ALA Midwinter and Annual, provides a great opportunity for Chapter Leaders (especially incoming leaders) to meet together and prepares them to lead their association. The forum presents topics of interest to chapter leaders, including association management, advocacy, conference planning, social media, and membership development and retention.