Professional Development Advisory Committee

Description: The Professional Development Advisory Committee provides direction and recommendations for a broad range of professional development activities that align with ALA's strategic goals. It does this by collaborating with ALA staff to consider market research/needs assessment data and monitor industry trends to develop multi-faceted plans for ALA's professional development programming. Though it guides the educational strategy, the Professional Development Advisory Committee is not directly responsible for developing content, or identifying instructors or speakers for courses or conferences.

Committee Size: 7-9

Term: 3 years - initial terms may be less or more than 3 years to create future staggered terms

Appointments per year: Varies

Committee Member Qualifications: Among the considerations in selecting new members are educational background, experience level and areas of expertise. Consideration is also given to an applicant's experience with education or training, and career development.

Committee Member Selection Process: ALA members, business partners and other individuals who have demonstrated thought leadership are eligible for this committee. Interested individuals complete an application form.

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Committee members are expected to attend two, half-day, face-to-face committee meetings, participate in monthly conference calls and participate in email discussions, as necessary. One face-to-face meeting is held in Chicago in the first quarter. The other is held in conjunction with ALA's annual conference.

Call for volunteers:Fall

Selections made: Winter

ALA Headquarters Liaison: Patricia Carrera, JD, CKM