Tuesday, September 11, 2007
At the heart of AALL is you-the member. As a member-driven association, AALL's strength, vitality, and future depend in large part on your involvement. Volunteering for a committee is a great way to make a difference in your Association and in your profession. Committees implement and carry out AALL's Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drive our professional future.
New this year, AALL's committees have gone through a make-over, thanks to the Special Committee on AALL Committee Structure. The 2008-2009 year will debut 24 restructured committees from which to choose, with a range of assignments and time commitments. I am also following the precedent set by AALL President Ann Fessenden last year by using the form to ask for volunteers for the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC). I encourage you to visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.
Deadlines: If you are volunteering for AMPC, please submit by October 31. All others, please submit by December 3.
As you investigate the various committees, ask yourself which ones would give you an opportunity to contribute your expertise and passion, learn a new skill, or broaden your knowledge in a way that would be helpful to your career or workplace.
The Association benefits most when diverse viewpoints are represented. Newer members, members from traditionally underrepresented sectors of AALL, and experienced members are all encouraged to contribute to our Association. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate-volunteer today.
James E. Duggan
AALL Vice President/President-Elect