Don't miss the Nov. 9 deadline to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council and joint committees!

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/12/2018


JoAnne Kempf


American Library Association, Office of ALA Governance

CHICAGO — The online committee volunteer form for ALA, Council and joint committee closes on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Please complete the form if you wish to be considered for appointment (or reappointment) to any of these committees.

Wanda Kay Brown, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on committees for the 2019-2020 term (terms start on July 1, 2019). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.

Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with notifications sent out in early spring, 2019. President-Elect Brown chairs both the Committee on Appointments (responsible for ALA and joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (responsible for Council committee appointments).

A listing of all ALA, Council, and joint committees and links to each committee’s information can be found on the ALA website (

In addition to ALA, Council, and the joint committee, you may also volunteer to serve on two subcommittees of the Committee on Diversity using the ALA volunteer form: the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee (seeking individuals with experience conducting a research project, including writing research proposals, budgets, conducting and analyzing research) and the Spectrum Advisory Committee (60% of the committee members should be alumni of the Spectrum Scholarship Program). Please note that ALA President-Elect Brown does not make subcommittee appointments. These appointments are made by the ODLOS Advisory Committee Chair in consultation with outgoing subcommittee chairs and staff liaisons. Please direct questions about the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee to Jody Gray ( and questions about the Spectrum Advisory Committee to Gwendolyn Prellwitz (

For technical assistance or for more information on the committee appointments process, contact JoAnne Kempf, Director, Office of ALA Governance and staff liaison to the Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees (