ALSC Wants You

Do you know that 35% percent of the gross ALSC operating budget comes from the net profit associated with the sale of award seals? If this is the kind of accounting prose that makes your heart flutter, then consider volunteering for the ALSC Budget Committee.

Do you keep “Robert’s Rules of Order” or the “Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure” at your fingertips? If so, then honor your inner parliamentarian and sign up for the Organization and Bylaws Committee, affectionately known as O&B.

Have you always had a secret yearning to run for public office? Then the ALSC Legislation Committee that keeps tabs on federal, state and local legislation that impacts library services to children might be the perfect grooming ground for you.

If you want to find out more about the work of these committees, then check out the charge for each one listed below. You can also visit the ALSC homepage, where you will need to click on “About ALSC” in the left-hand navigation bar, followed by “ALSC Committees.” Next, point your browser to the appropriate Priority Group (I for Legislation; IV for O&B and Budget) followed by the name of the committee.

You can also contact me directly with questions or with your volunteer information at: ALSC member appointments to each of these committees are for two years and will begin at the conclusion of the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Thanks for your consideration.

Julie Corsaro
ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect (and appointing officer)

The ALSC Budget Committee Charge:

To advise the ALSC Executive Director in preparation of an annual budget based on priorities established by the Board; to submit the budget to the ALSC Board for approval; to review for the ALSC Board division activities for fiscal implications; to review for the ALSC board, on a regular basis, the dues structure and to prepare and submit to the ALSC Board periodic analysis of the finances of the division; to review annually at Midwinter Meeting the ALSC Goals and Objectives; to review ALSC’s fiscal relationship to ALA and other divisions and to act as liaisons for the ALSC Board to the Planning and Budget Assembly.

The ALSC Organization and Bylaws Committee Charge:

To develop for presentation to the Board of Directors a plan for the structure and function of each new committee or discussion group. To study, review, and, if necessary, make recommendations to the Board for revision of structure or function, addition, or discontinuation of committees and discussion groups. To make recommendations to the Board on organizational matters affecting ALSC as a whole, and to serve as liaison with the ALA Committee on Organization upon request of the Board. To serve, upon request, in an advisory capacity to priority group consultants, committees, and discussion groups on organizational matters in ALSC or between ALSC and other ALA divisions. To consider, develop, and present to the Board, and subsequently to membership, suggested amendments to the Bylaws. To assist in interpretation of the Bylaws to the Board, the membership, and the ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

ALSC Legislation Committee:

To serve as a channel of communication on legislative matters between the ALA Legislation Committee and the division, recommending to the ALSC Board changes as necessary in federal, state, and local legislation proposed by the ALA Legislation Committee, and advise on ALSC interests in the proposals before ALA Council. To call to the attention of the ALA Legislation Committee and to recommend to the ALSC Board endorsement or revision of legislation affecting children that might be proposed or supported by the ALA Legislation Committee.

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