Call for Volunteers for New Sustainability Committee

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/10/2021


Holly Robison

Governance Associate


ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and ALA President-Elect Patty Wong are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the Sustainability Committee, a newly created standing Council committee. All interested volunteers should submit an interest form no later than March 28, 2021.

Established by ALA Council in January 2021, the Sustainability Committee’s charge is to provide the necessary leadership and monitoring of ALA strategic initiatives that will infuse the core value of sustainability throughout the policies, procedures, practices of our association and our professional activities, in collaboration with the ALA Board and President, ALA Council, ALA divisions, ALA offices and units, ALA round tables, ALA committees, ALA affiliates and ALA staff so that our association and its members contribute to the development of sustainable and resilient communities. In particular, this committee will maintain a working relationship with several ALA offices and groups to affect meaningful sustainability-related outcomes and model best practices across the association.  Click here for more details from the Council motion creating this committee.

Committee Membership will consist of ten (10) members, including one Chair appointed annually:

  • One (1) representative from the Sustainability Round Table
  • One (1) representative from the Committee on Legislation
  • One (1) from the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group
  • Seven (7) members with two-year, staggered terms to be appointed by ALA President-elect in consultation with the Committee on Committees

Please note that for the initial appointments, President Jefferson and President-elect Wong will jointly appoint the seven members and Chair to begin immediately.  Four (4) Members will have terms through June 2023. Three (3) members will have terms through June 2022.   Regular staggered, two-year membership terms (July – June) appointed by the President-elect will begin thereafter.

Sustainability is a core value of the American Library Association, and committee members will have the opportunity to guide this vital work.  Serving on a committee also provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.  All interested members are invited to indicate their interest hereAgain, please submit this form no later than March 28, 2021. 

Please reach out to Holly Robison, Governance Associate, at with any questions.