LES needs you!

What better way to start 2023 than to volunteer for an LES committee?!

The form to volunteer for ACRL section committees is now open at www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the section, network with colleagues, and fulfill professional service requirements. The deadline to volunteer is February 28, 2023. Appointments will begin on July 1, 2023.

For information about LES, our committees, and the work of the section, please visit our website. Please feel free to contact LES Vice-Chair Leslie Madden at lmadden@gsu.edu with any questions about volunteering! Leslie is also hosting an information session for potential volunteers on Friday, January 20 at 2pm EST. You can join that session at https://gsumeetings.webex.com/meet/lmadden – no registration is needed!

Volunteer for an LES committee! Deadline is 2/12

Are you a librarian who works with English departments, collections, students, and/or faculty? Would you like to meet other librarians who do so? Are you a librarian or student who would like to be an English librarian? If so, please volunteer for an LES: Literatures in English committee! You’ll meet interesting people and learn more about how ACRL works. Librarians from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply, as are new and student members. In-person attendance at conferences is not necessary (though right now, conferences are virtual), and no experience is necessary.

A list of committees is included below, along with a list of committee chairs:


Information about volunteering and the volunteer form can be found on the page below:

Please contact LES Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Glenda Insua (ginsua1@uic.edu) with any questions.

ACRL IS and LES seek liaison to Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and Literatures in English Section (LES) are currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (through July 2022) as the ACRL liaison to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). CCCC, a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, supports postsecondary teachers of rhetoric, composition and communication.

This is a new liaison position, recently approved by ACRL. Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the CCCC and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL, IS and LES.

About the CCCC

CCCC, according to its mission statement, “advocates for broad and evolving definitions of literacy, communication, rhetoric and writing (including multimodal discourse, digital communication, and diverse language practices) that emphasize the value of these activities to empower individuals and communities.” CCCC’s advocacy for a broad definition of literacy, which includes digital and multimodal literacy, dovetails very nicely with ACRL’s goal to advance student learning and advocacy for information literacy and other literacies. As both CCCC and ACRL are looking to collaborate with institutional partners to improve curricula, it makes sense to bring these two organizations together.

Deadline for Applications

September 1, 2019

Submission Requirements

Nominees must submit:

An email of application articulating qualifications to Meghan Sitar, Past-Chair, ACRL Instruction Section, msitar@umich.edu
A current vita


Liaison attends CCCC Annual Convention, which takes place in March.
Liaison must be willing to identify opportunities for collaboration with CCCC members on research and scholarship to advance understanding of ethical and effective teaching practices, shared frameworks, and other emerging focus areas.
Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to CCCC.
Liaison must submit a report jointly to the Executive Committees of IS and LES and contribute a newsletter item following attendance at the conference, providing a summary of the experience.
Liaison will also report to the ACRL Liaisons Assembly.



Current member of IS or LES.
Experience working with composition and writing programs as a librarian.
Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the CCCC, ACRL, IS, and LES.
Financial support to attend the CCCC for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note: Liaison may apply for conference funding from the grants working group of the ACRL External Liaisons Committee, but funding is not guaranteed. The current deadline to apply for Spring 2020 conference funding is September 15, 2019.)
Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in writing instruction.
Excellent communication skills


Record of serving IS, LES, and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
Experience conducting research on the collaborations between composition instructors and librarians.

IS and LES are committed to assessing applicants promptly in order to allow the liaison to apply for funding through ACRL’s grants program.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact msitar@umich.edu.

Volunteer with LES!

Calling all LES volunteers! Committee work is a great way to meet new colleagues and get more involved in ACRL, so I encourage you to fill out the volunteer form. Select ACRL_LES from the drop-down at the bottom of the page.

Current committee members whose terms conclude at the 2015 Annual Conference should submit a new volunteer form if they wish to be considered for re-appointment.

The online volunteer form must be completed by February 15, 2015, for consideration for 2015-16 appointments.  Most terms begin July 1, 2015, and are one to two years. To ensure everyone has a chance to volunteer, most section appointments will not be made until after February 15th, with two exceptions: the 2016 Nominating and 2016 Conference Program Planning committees are appointed earlier.

At the moment, I know we are especially looking for volunteers for the:

  • 2015 Conference Planning Committee
  • 2016 Nominating Committee
  • Reference Discussion Group Co-chairs (two positions)

However, that is not an exhaustive list, and we welcome volunteers for any position! If more than one committee looks interesting, you can select more than one, though likely you will only be appointed to one.

Learn more about each committee’s work here:

On a personal note, I found volunteering with LES, especially as a new literature librarian, an invaluable way to meet new colleagues and learn about the profession, so I encourage others to consider it.

Please let me know if you have any questions about or trouble with the process.

Amanda Rust / LES Vice-Chair 

Source: LES-L Discussion List