I’m thrilled to announce that ALSC’s committee volunteer form is now online. We are transitioning to ALA’s online committee form, which, while not highly customizable, will allow you to share more thorough open-ended responses. Just log in and use the drop down menu to select ALSC. I will start making appointments to process committees later in January (for appointments that begin following Annual Conference 2017), so now is a great time to think about volunteering.
What should I include in the form?
While you can check off the particular committees you are interested in, it is helpful for me to know why you selected them and if there are some that rise above others in your interest. A general sense of your professional interests, experience and skills you’d like to put to use, and particular committee efforts you are most excited about, will help me to make the right matches wherever possible.
But I already submitted a form…
If you already submitted the Word document version of the ALSC Committee Volunteer Form at ALA Annual Conference 2016 or later, I do have that form; however, I strongly suggest that you re-submit the online form as it provides me with more information. In general, we recommend re-submitting your online form every six months or as needed to keep your information and interests up to date.
How exactly are ALSC Committees Appointed?
Just head to http://www.ala.org/alsc/volunteer for answers to most questions about the ALSC committee volunteer and appointment process. While most process committees are appointed in the spring and most award and evaluation committees are appointed in the fall, this is indeed a continual process as volunteer work arises year-round. That is why you won’t hear that you were “not” appointed; all recent volunteers are continually under consideration.
Have more questions? Sign up for a Virtual Office Hour
As introduced in my blog post last month, I invite you to sign up for a 15 minute private chat with me. This month I particularly encourage you to sign up if you:
- Have never been on an ALSC committee before
- Think you might be ready to chair a committee
Just head to my Doodle and sign up with your name and email in the name field. I’ll confirm with you by email and have you select a platform (currently Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangout, or phone) for our chat.
UPDATE, 12/19/16: I’ve posted January Office Hours as well!
Finally don’t forget that committee service is just one of many ways to Get Involved with ALSC!