Executive Board Committees

Below is a description of the committees of the ALA Executive Board.


Consists of the president of the Association (who serves as chair), the president-elect, the immediate past president, the treasurer, and (ex officio) the executive director. The committee carries out administrative functions on behalf of the Association and the Board; reviews and discusses administrative and policy issues that need to be brought to the attention of the full Board; approves Board agendas, meeting times, and dates; reviews and brings to the full Board for approval the dates, sites, and schedules for ALA conferences; performs ceremonial activities as representatives of ALA; handles administrative communications of the organization and the Board; recommends ALA's relationships with external organizations and individuals; brings recommendations regarding nominations and appointments to the full Board for approval; reviews and approves calls for votes between meetings; performs other duties as required. 

Execuitve Board Committee

Finance and Audit

Consists of the treasurer (who serves as chair), three other Board members, and the chair of BARC (ex officio). The committee suggests measures to build the Association's financial resources; provides the Executive Board with interpretation of financial data needed for administrative decisions; serves as liaison to the endowment trustees; oversees the audit review; reviews the treasurer's report; reviews and interprets reports from the Endowment trustees and BARC; reviews financial projections; considers other matters related to accounting standards, finances, and budget; makes recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the fiscal management of the Association; performs other general fiscal duties of the Executive Board as necessary.

Finance and Audit Committee

Endowment Trustees

All receipts from life memberships and all gifts for endowment purposes are in the custody of 4 trustees, one of whom is elected by the Executive Board annually, for a 3-year term. The trustees have the authority to hold, invest, reinvest, and disburse endowment funds as directed by the Executive Board. (Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.)

Endowment Trustees

Board Effectiveness

Consists of no more than four members, to include an officer and two or three members of the Board.  Board members must serve at least one full year on the Board before being appointed to the Board Effectiveness Committee and serve on the Committee for two years.  The committee monitors and reviews Board effectiveness and makes and implements recommendations and activities to that end. 

Board Effectiveness Committee