Committees & Councils

Committees and Councils are established by the board of directors. They are responsible to the board of directors and conducts its business towards carrying out the goals and objectives of the association.

Per Article XIV: Committees, Section 2. of the Bylaws:

The president shall appoint the members and designate the chair of all committees except the nominating committee.

Appointments to standing committees shall be made to provide continuity of membership. No member may serve on any one committee more than six consecutive years.

It is the annual responsibility of the president to appoint the positions of chair and fill all expiring committee/council positions. Member term lengths vary from one to three years and the length of term should be agreed upon appointment. Committee/Council chairs shall be appointed annually by the president for terms of one year. Under exceptional circumstances, a president may ask a sitting chair to serve a second year as chair. Appointments run calendar year, January – December.

For example: a member is appointed to a two-year term (2015-2016) as a member of the Public Relations Advisory Council. For year 2015, they are a member of the council. At the end of 2015, they may be contacted by the 2016 SLA president, and asked to serve as chair.

  • Committees report to the Board and either advise or recommend.
  • Advisory Councils report to the executive officer and work with staff.
Annual Conference Advisory Council
Awards and Honors Committee
Bylaws Committee
Committee on Association Governance
Committee on Cataloging
Diversity Leadership Development Program Committee
Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Advisory Council
Finance Committee
First Five Years Advisory Council
Information Ethics Advisory Council
Information Outlook Advisory Council
Membership Committee
Nominating Committee
Online Content Advisory Council
Professional Development Advisory Council
Public Policy Advisory Council
Public Relations Advisory Council
Student Group – SAAAC
Technology Advisory Council
Transition Committee
Virtual Worlds Advisory Council

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)  Representatives
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. SLA belongs to 9 of the 43 IFLA Sections.

Presidential Task Forces
Task Forces are established by the SLA president to carry out special projects. The groups are given specific tasks and a timeline for completion of the project.

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