ALA President-elect Roberta A. Stevens encourages members to serve on ALA and Council committees

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For Immediate Release,

November 11, 2009

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Roberta A. Stevens is seeking ALA members with diverse backgrounds to serve on ALA and Council committees.

One of her most important responsibilities as ALA President-elect is to make appointments to the ALA and Council committees in collaboration with the Committee on Appointments (COA) and the Committee on Committees (COC).

To ensure diversity on all ALA and Council committees, Stevens is looking for ALA members who represent racial and ethnic diversity; a variety of types and sizes of libraries, areas of the country, and work experience; and experience or interest in participating in ALA.Â

“When I ran for ALA President, I pledged to provide members who want to play a meaningful role in ALA the opportunity to do so. I am asking for your help in making this promise a reality,” Stevens said.

Stevens wishes to encourage the involvement of newer members, members previously not active, and active members who have never been formally appointed to serve on committees.Â

“Serving on an ALA or Council committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics,” she said.

Stevens is looking for member-volunteers to serve on the following committees: Accreditation; American Libraries Advisory; Awards; Budget Analysis and Review; Chapter Relations; Conference; Constitution and Bylaws; Council Orientation; Diversity; Education; Election; Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory; Information Technology Policy Advisory; Intellectual Freedom; International Relations; Legislation; Library Advocacy; Literacy; Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory; Membership; Membership Meetings; Organization; Policy Monitoring (current Council members only); Professional Ethics; Public and Cultural Programs Advisory; Public Awareness; Publishing; Research and Statistics; Resolutions; Rural Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Training, Orientation and Leadership Development; Website Advisory; ALA-Children’s Book Council (Joint Committee); ALA-Association of American Publishers (Joint Committee); and the ALA-Society of American Archivists/American Association of Museums (Joint Committee). For more information about the committees go to:

Anyone who would like to serve on one of the above committees must complete the committee volunteer form available at The deadline for completing the ALA committee volunteer form is Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

Stevens will also be organizing a number of task forces for her Presidential year to explore ways to continue to transform the association for the 21st century. Individuals who are not appointed to a committee will have the opportunity to be tapped for one of these groups.