Early and Family Literacy Committee


To identify, synthesize, and disseminate current research findings relevant to early and family literacy issues from library schools, scholars of education, and other advocacy sources to libraries, childcare providers, and community agencies serving young children (birth through age 8). To develop in-person and virtual training workshops about early and family literacy skills, practices, and research, and to update and develop ALSC resources with early and family literacy information.  To collaborate with and advise related ALSC committees and groups, and library and education associations on early and family literacy issues and concerns. To serve as a resource about ALSC early and family literacy products including those available for purchase.


Mrs. Ruth Guerrierpierre (Co-Chair, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Joanna Ward (Co-Chair, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022)
Kat Baumgartner (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Ibarra Gaylor (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Rebecca Parson (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Katie E. Patterson (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Kristin A. Piepho (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Dr. Keisha Siriboe (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Emmie Stuart (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Lisa Gangemi Kropp (Consultant, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Angela Hubbard (Staff Liaison, May 10, 2019, to June 30, 2024)

Displaying active committee roster as of 05/28/2022. Last retrieved on 05/28/2022. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Early and Family Literacy Committee consists of nine members, including two co-chairs who are appointed in alternating years. (2 Co-Chairs + 7)
One of the nine is designated as liaison to other ALSC committees working with young children.

Members are appointed from the ALSC membership at large, serving 2-year terms and led by the committee co-chairs. 


Established in 2019 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors.

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