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: Members of this committee serve three-year 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. 

In-Person Meetings/Expectations: The committee meets in-person annually in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference & Expo. Additional meetings are conducted throughout the year via conference call or other electronic media as appropriate.

Call for volunteers: Fall 

Selections made: Winter 

ALA Headquarters Liaison: Kate Raftery

Current Committee Roster