Volunteer for ALCTS!!
Dear ALCTS Members,
We need you to volunteer for ALCTS: the Division and our Sections!
The appointment process has begun. I will be working with each Section’s appointing officer to make committee assignments this spring. Take some time now to explore the website, especially the “Member Groups & Communities” area.
Being appointed to a committee is a time-honored way to serve ALCTS, get to know your colleagues, and launch a volunteer career in ALCTS. On the ALCTS site, you will find a wealth of information about our committees and sections, including areas of focus and current rosters. You are certain to find a group that reflects your interests. To be appointed, please complete the volunteer form on the ALCTS website. Click the “Volunteer” tab at the top of the homepage to get started. You must be an ALCTS member to serve on a Division committee and a Section member to serve on a Section committee.
Here are a few tips for success:
- Fill out the volunteer form completely and submit it. You would be surprised how many forms we receive with just a 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 officer may not know you.
- Write a brief email to the appointing officer (the chair-elect or president-elect) to express your interest. Ask about current openings and where you might be of service.
- Don’t turn down an appointment for a committee you did not request. Sometimes, there are committees for which there are few volunteers. The appointing officer may ask you to accept one of those positions. Joining a less popular group can be a great way to hit the ground running, so to speak, and move quickly into a leadership role. You’ll gain experience and exposure that will be an asset should you seek other appointments in the future.
- 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.
And don’t forget our Interest Groups. Each IG has openings for a chair, co-chair, vice-chair and other positions. Let the current chair know you are interested in helping out.
Thank you for being an ALCTS member. It’s the wonderful volunteers who make ALCTS such a successful and vibrant community.
Please feel free to share this message with other lists or with anyone who might be interested. Thank you!
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services