Committee and task force charges and rosters are included under each committee and task force . To volunteer for an ALA or Council committee, click here. To volunteer for a division or roundtable committee, please click on the appropriate divisions or round tables committee.
ALA has standing, special, interdivisional, joint and ad hoc committees. Standing committees are designated as committees of the Association or committees of Council. Each division and round table also may create committees and other working groups to carry out the work of the division or round table.
Appointments to committees of the Association are made by the ALA president-elect, who chairs and acts on the advice of the Committee on Appointments. Committees of the Association include:
Appointments to committees of Council are made by the Council Committee on Committees, in cooperation with the ALA president-elect who, as chair of the Committee on Committees, appoints the chairpersons of Council committees. Committees of Council include:
The following joint committees have been established by Council action in accordance with Bylaws Article VIII, Section 5. Joint committees are of two types: (1) those established between ALA and an outside organization, in which case the ALA Executive Board is the appointing authority (the Board may ask a unit of the Association to name representatives to the joint committee) and (2) those established between a unit of ALA and an outside organization, in which case the appointing authority is the designated unit.
- ALA–Association of American Publishers
- ALA–Children’s Book Council
- ALA/SAA/AAM– American Library Association/Society of American Archivists/American Association of Museums
A task force is an action-oriented membership group whose charge is to address specific goals, complete a specific task, or to consider a particular issue. There may be a designated time frame defined by the nature of the task or set forth in the function statement.
Functions of a task force may include the following: (1) gathering information and making recommendations; (2) studying an issue and preparing a report; (3) carrying out a specific project or activity; (4) conducting programs at conferences; (5) establishing committees or other subunits.
A task force is used to address critical, urgent, or ongoing situations which require a strong, visible organizational effort and/or activist response. Any parent body may establish a task force, determine its duration, monitor its progress, and terminate its function.
Current task forces include: