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.


Kristine L. Ferry (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Carol Hanan (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Patti McCall (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Mr. Louis Munoz, Jr (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Susan J. Schmidt (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Lisa R. Varga (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Dana Lucile Jemison (ALCTS Representative, May 31, 2013, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Jillian K. Hayes (Intern, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Michael Dowling (Staff Liaison, June 30, 2014, to June 3, 2020)
Donald Wood (Staff Liaison, February 20, 2009, to November 24, 2050)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2016. Last retrieved on 02/06/2016. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.



The Chapter Relations Committee consists of  11 members appointed from the membership at large, serving two-year terms, and led by a chair, appointed annually.

Representatives assigned to the committee from divisions, for example, provide highlights, such as conference news, webinars of interest, changes in personnel, activities with students, new publications, etc. Time for presentations and information exchange (traditionally on Monday) is also a good opportunity to ask other division representatives questions, or how ALA divisions and Chapters can help each other. In sum, these presentations are opportunities for the CRC to be aware of new and special activities.

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.