Friday, January 05, 2007

Thanks for volunteering!

Recently, an editorial in Library Journal voiced at least one writer's concern with a perceived low level of involvement by ALA members within the association.

I think we have evidence that this is not the case.

Last year's election had a record response.

I've seen a similar response to the call for volunteers to serve on ALA and ALA Council Committees, volunteers who represent both experienced ALA members and new mebers who are eager to serve. 356 individuals had completed the online committee volunteer form by the time the form was taken down on 5 December 2006. I want to thank each one of you for taking the time to fill the form out and let me know your interest. The Commitee on Committees and Committee on Appointments have worked diligently to prepare strong committee appointment slates. Final approval of these slates will be made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

I continue to hear from good people who are interested in volunteering their efforts.
If you are interested in serving on an ALA Committee, I suggest that you investigate openings on Division committees. Visit the Division web sites, sit in on meetings at ALA/MW. The next ALA President-Elect will issue another call for committee service after the 2007 ALA Annual conference. There's room for everyone's help; you are valued ALA Members!