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:

•Member expertise on accessibility and diversity for ALA committees and work groups, such as the Advocacy Coordinating Group and the Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries

•Standards and guidelines, such as those for libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped and for state library agencies

•Outstanding conference programming

•A great member newsletter

•Assistance vetting online learning opportunities of value to ASCLA members

•Special recognition of people and library services such as awards for specialized library services for people with disabilities or the homebound.

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 (mailto://, 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.  You will find a list of Interest Groups and their leaders in the Interest Groups section of Interface. Tell the leader about your experience and how you can be of help to the group.

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,