CODES: Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Committee


To consider issues, concerns, and trends relative to the development of readers' advisory services in all types of libraries; to be a forum for discussion about popular materials and readers' advisory services in libraries; to create/gather resources for RA librarians; to create standards and guidelines; to encourage and disseminate research on popular materials collections and their use in libraries; to identify continuing education needs of librarians and library support staff and create/disseminate information to assist with this need.

The committee also administers The Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum, which includes picking the conference topic, soliciting papers/projects/presentations, selecting the speakers, and organizing the program.


Magan Szwarek (Chair, December 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Alicia Kathryn Ahlvers (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Kristi Chadwick (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Mr. William Patrick Kelly, JR (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mrs. Elsie Martinez (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Dorothy J. Ownes (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017)
Michael P. Santangelo (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Stephen M. Sposato (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Andrea Hill (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2020)
Leighann Wood (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

Displaying active committee roster as of 03/29/2017. Last retrieved on 03/29/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


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ALA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on the committee. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out an application form. Appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1.

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Cross
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