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Volunteer for ALA Council or an ALA Committee

It’s true, we need you in ALSC, but we also need ALSC members to serve on ALA Committees and Council.

James (Jim) G. Neal, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, recently issued a call encouraging members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and joint committees for the 2017-2018 term (terms start on July 1, 2017). Serving on these committees provides members with important leadership training and networking, as well as the opportunity to contribute to what is commonly internally referred to as “Big ALA.”

Jenna Nemec-Loise, ALSC’s member content editor for Everyday Advocacy, said recently of her experience on the ALA Committee on Legislation:

“I can attest to the transformative experience I had. I learned so much more about ALA governance and how working closely with colleagues from other ALA divisions can both shape and bolster my advocacy efforts”

There are many committees that need volunteers, from Awards to Diversity; Education; Training; Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Orientation and Leadership Development; and more.

The online committee volunteer form closes on Friday, November 4, 2016. In my role as your President Elect, I will work through the ALA Committee on Appointments (comprised of all the Division Presidents Elect) to recommend nominees to Jim Neal. You will also be hearing from ALSC Leadership in the coming months with more information about the next round of committee volunteering for ALSC.

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