President's Program Committee


Works with the current Core President to develop and manage a program session for the ALA Annual Conference that will serve as the President’s Program for Core.

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Wendy Tressler (Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Rhonda Kay Huisman (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Laura K. Simonds (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Sarah Wallbank (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Thomas Ferren (Staff Liaison, August 1, 2020, to June 30, 2025)
Contact Core (Staff, January 24, 2024, to June 29, 2050)
Amber Robbin (Staff, April 17, 2023, to June 29, 2050)

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The committee typically consists of up to 10 members, appointed from the membership. Committee members serve for two-year terms with an option for reappointment not to exceed four years consecutively.

About this Committee


  • Identify possible speakers for review/prioritization by the Core president.
  • Recruit, confirm, and maintain communication with main speaker and any panelists.
  • Work with the Core Fundraising & Sponsorships Committee to identify and confirm sponsors.
  • Work with staff on marketing/communication for the program.
  • Work with staff on program script and other onsite logistics.

Expected Time Commitment

  • 8-10 hours annually, to include regular virtual meetings and other work on deliverables.
  • In-person attendance at the ALA Annual Conference is not required.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, current topics of concern to members of Core, including an awareness of recent authors and practitioners and their publications related to our areas of focus.
  • Experience identifying/working with potential library event sponsors a plus.