Join/Volunteer

The Mission of the Distance Learning Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is to provide leadership in promoting and supporting the development of library services for distance learning programs offered by higher education institutions. Find out how joining and volunteering within the DLS committee can enrich your career and improve the library experience for distance students everywhere.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE DISTANCE LEARNING SECTION?

You’ll make valuable connections with library leaders who care about distance learning and the issues facing distance students and faculty. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply your unique experiences and skills to issues faced by distance learning librarians across the country.

As a committee member, you’ll find opportunities to network and develop your professional and leadership skills. You can enhance your project management experience and develop new expertise to apply at your home organization. You’ll also help to advance the library profession through your service and unique perspective.

“One of my favorite library school professors advised me that becoming professionally active would be rewarding, energizing, and essential to my own growth – all of which proved to be true.  I chose ACRL as my professional home and I have been rewarded with stellar colleagues, opportunities to hone my leadership skills, and the deep satisfaction of knowing my contributions have made an impact.  Volunteers make ACRL a vibrant organization.”

Karen Williams
ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

There are 16 different committees within the Distance Learning Section, each with its own charge, activities and composition. Membership on committees rotates every two years so there are frequent opportunities to serve.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES ON A COMMITTEE?

Section officers and committee chairs have specific duties as outlined in the Section Manual. These duties can include submitting reports, communicating with other section officers and leadership, and attending meetings. Regular committee members are expected to attend regular physical and/or virtual meetings, and participate in projects and activities designated by the committee chair. Questions about the responsibilities of individual committees can be posed to committee chairs.

HOW DO I JOIN?

ACRL members can learn more about volunteering for a committee by visiting the volunteer page on the ACRL website. Non-members must first join the Association of College & Research Libraries.

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