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Volunteer for a REFORMA Committee

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to the mission of REFORMA? Committee volunteers help shape REFORMA by advancing its mission of providing library and informaton Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking

Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, I invite you to volunteer to serve on a 2016–18 committee.

Selina Gomez-Beloz 
REFORMA Vice-President/President Elect

A link to the volunteer form is included at the bottom of this page.  You can also print a handout with this information by clicking here.

Rewards of volunteering
• Develop relationships with library and information professionals from around the country
• Enhance your leadership abilities through collaboration and project management
• Develop new expertise and/or knowledge in a current specialization
• Advance the work of the association and the library profession

Volunteer requirements
• Be a current member of REFORMA for the duration of the appointment
• Be willing and able to participate in the activities of the committee, support its mission and carry out assignments in a timely manner
• Submit an electronic appointment acceptance form

Please limit your committee volunteer selections to a maximum of three committees

Learn more about REFORMA Committees
Identify the REFORMA committees that interest you. Review the committee charges, rosters. If possible, attend the committee meetings at the Midwinter Meeting and/or Annual Conference to help you determine if the activities interest you.

Talk to committee members. Express your interest to the committee chair. Explain how you might contribute to the committee. If you are not successful in being appointed one year, volunteer again the following year, and the next. Remember that a number of factors (e.g. number of volunteers for each committee, number of available appointments, etc.) determine the actual appointment and these factors change from year to year.

Deadline
Volunteer applications for REFORMA national committees are accepted from February 1 - April 15. To be considered for a committee appointment, the online volunteer application must be submitted by April 15, 2016 for consideration for the 2016-17 appointments. Most appointments begin July 1, 2016 and end on June 30, 2018.

Appointment Process
Committee appointments are made in the Spring for terms beginning immediately following the ALA Annual Conference. The committee chair or co-chair appoint the members of the committee. You will be contacted by the chair or co-chair with an invitation to join the committee by June 5, 2016.

Appointment Acceptance
Members will be required to accept or decline committee appointments by June 15.

Concurrent Committee Limits
Members can only be on two committees concurrently. For example, you may be accepted into three committees and only accept two appointments or you may be a current member of a committee and can only accept one appointment. 

Appointment Non-acceptance 
In the event that a member is not invited to join a committee, the member will receive a committee appointment non-acceptance letter via email from the committee chair by June 30.

Questions

Questions about the committee volunteer process can be sent to vice-president@reforma.org

Questions about committee appointments or the status of your request may be directed to the chair or co-chair of each committee.


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