How and Why to Volunteer for ASCLA

Dear ASCLA Members,

I invite you to volunteer for one of ASCLA’s committees or interest groups.

If you are already a committee or interest group volunteer, thank you for your service: you are so much appreciated!  Because of your contributions, our division accomplishes much. ASCLA, through its volunteers, has provided:

This is just a small sampling of what our volunteers plan and take part in, and what makes ASCLA a terrific place for opportunities for service, your professional growth, and networking with colleagues.

If you are not yet a member of any of our committees or interest groups, please join:

Committees: All current members may volunteer for ASCLA committees here: (you will be asked to login using your ALA login).

Second, write to the ASCLA vice-president, Sara Laughlin (, our ASCLA president-elect, who will appoint the committees for 2014.  Tell her about your experience and why you can be of help to these groups. 

Interest Groups: To join a free interest group, all current ASCLA members may call MACS (ALA’s member services department) at the following number: 1-800-545-2433, x5 and request to have the interest group added to their membership; or send an email to with your request to be added to the interest group with subject line: ASCLA free interest groups.

Second, write to the specific interest group leader below. Tell him or her about your experience and how you can be of help to the group: 

ASCLA Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group

Leader: Mary Beth Riedner,

 ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group

Leader: Peggy Cadigan,

 ASCLA Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group

Leader: Sheryl Knab,

ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group

Leader: Rhonda Marker,

 ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group

Leader: Scherelene L. Schatz,

ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group

Co-Leader: Gregory Pronevitz,

Co-Leader: Mr. James E. Pletz,

ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group

Leader: Jeannette Smithee, 

ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody

Leader: Camden Eadoin Tadhg,

ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group

Leader: Alec Mcfarlane,

ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group

Leader:  Carli Spina,

ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained

Leader: Diane Walden,

ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group

Leader: Marti Goddard,

ASCLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group

Leader: Gina Persichini,  

ASCLA State Library Agencies – LSTA Coordinators Interest Group

Leader: Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer,

ASCLA State LibraryAgencies – Youth Services Consultants Interest Group

Leader: Sharon Rawlins,

ASCLA Tribal Libraries Interest Group

Leader: Lillian Chavez,

Thank you again to all our current, past and future volunteers – you are truly what makes ASCLA such a wonderful, and fun, place to be!

Best Wishes,

Susan Hornung

ASCLA Executive Director


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