Standing Committees

In addition to attending executive Board and Membership meetings during ALA Midwinter and Annual (Summer) conferences, members can be active in the Association through committee work. Staggered two-year appointments to committees (of four or more members) ensure continuity and promote mentoring of new appointees.


Ad Hoc Committees

Special committees and task forces created as needed by the President each year. Examples include Local Arrangements committees for ALA Conferences and Task Force for Library Services to Asian Pacific Americans.


Task Forces

Special committees or task forces that will support the goals and purposes of the organization can be appointed by the Executive Board. The life of a special committee or task force shall be limited to one year unless the Executive Board otherwise provides.



Members may be appointed as APALA liaisons to the ALA Council Committee on International Relations and the ALA Education Assembly. Other liaison opportunities to appropriate ALA committees/assemblies are under consideration. The president and/or designated APALA member represent(s) the Association on the ALA Diversity Council, the ALA Affiliates Group, and other ALA president-/executive-board-initiated special committees.


Past Executive Directors

Members who have served as APALA Executive Director from 1980 to the present.


Past Presidents

Members who have served as APALA President from 1980 to the present.