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Charles Wilt-IL (staff)'s picture

Great time to volunteer for ALCTS

Hi All,

With Midwinter behind us, now is the time to fill out the ALCTS volunteer form. The appointment process has started. The section chair-elects and Genevieve Owens, ALCTS President-elect, will be working to complete our appointments over the next several months. 

Being appointed to a committee is a time-honored way to serve ALCTS, get to know your colleagues, and launch an association volunteer career in ALCTS.

To receive an appointment, you first need to fill out the volunteer form on the ALCTS website, www.ala.org/alcts. Click the “Volunteer” tab at the top of the homepage to start.

Here are a few tips for success:

1.    Fill out a volunteer form and submit it. More importantly, fill out the form completely. You would be surprised how many forms we receive with only the person’s name, contact information, and little else. There is space for you to tell us about yourself. Please use it. Bear in mind that the appointing officers may not know you.
2.    Write the appointing officers and let them know you are interested. Certainly don’t overdo, but it helps for them to know what you are interested in doing. It also helps to discuss with them what openings they might have.
3.    Don’t turn down an appointment for a committee you did not list. There are openings on every committee. There are committees for which there are few volunteers. The appointing officer may be asking you to accept one of those positions.
4.    If you are new, haven’t had an appointment in many years, want to jump to a new section, or want to move to a division committee, think seriously about accepting an Intern position. Interning is a great way to get appointed as a regular committee member during the next cycle.

If you are interested in some less conventional appointment such as a task force, subcommittee or working group, it's a good idea to fill out the volunteer form anyway and indicate your interests.  We are in constant need for people to be members of those types of groups.      

And don’t forget our Interest Groups. Each IG has openings for chair, co-chair, vice-chair and other positions. Let the current chair know you are interested in helping out.

Above all, let the appointing officers know you are out there and waiting to take part. See the contact list below.

Thank you for being an ALCTS member. You make ALCTS the great association it is today.

Charles Wilt

ALCTS Executive Director


ALCTS appointing officers:

Genevieve Owens, ALCTS President-elect for Division groups, gowens@wrl.org

Rebecca Kemp, Continuing Resources Section, rkemp@umd.edu

Rebecca Mugridge, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section,


Becky Ryder, Preservation and Reformatting Section, bryder@keeneland.com

Ellen Safley, Collection Management Section, safley@utdallas.edu

Tammy Sugarman, Acquisitions Section, libtss@langate.gsu.edu