ALA Election Process
*Note that the below information pertains to the ALA elections only. If you wish to run for a division or round table office please contact the division or round table as their information may be different.
In 2008, the American Library Association began holding its election exclusively online. The only exception is for members with disabilities and without Internet access. These individuals may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service. Those without Internet access at home or at work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances, academic or school) libraries. The election site is also accessible on a Smartphone.
Beginning with the 2017 elections, the voting period will run from the second Monday in March through the first Wednesday in April. The 2017 elections opened on March 13, 2017 and closed at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Results will be announced on April 12. Eligible members were sent their voting credentials via email between March 13-15, 2017. Any individuals whose emails bounced were sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials. To be eligible to vote, individuals must have been members in good standing of ALA as well as applicable divisions and round tables as of January 31, 2017. Anyone who reinstated their membership after January 31, 2017 was ineligible to vote in the 2017 elections. For questions about your membership status, please contact ALA’s Member and Customer Service (MACS) at 1-800-545-2433, press 5 (International members should call +1-312-944-6780) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running for Office
The ALA Nominating Committee nominates candidates from among the general membership for the position of president-elect (annually), for the position of treasurer (every three years), and for members-at-large of Council (annually). Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. ALA elections are held in the spring of each year with the results announced in early April.
About the Nominations Process
The Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA election began its work at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting. The nomination process is now closed.
- 2018 Nominating Committee Roster (PDF 366 KB)
Petition Candidates & E-Petition Form
Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running for office by petition may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members. In addition to the petition itself, members must complete the Petition Candidate Biographical Information Form. Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated exactly the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.
Beginning with the 2017 elections, the period for filing petitions runs from the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday in December. The petition form for the 2018 election will become available on October 4, 2017. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than December 6, 2017.
- Petition Candidates Biographical Information form:
- Electronic Petition Form
- Instructions for Creating Electronic Petition (pdf)
Ballot mailing for the 2018 ALA election will begin on March 12, 2018 and will run through April 4, 2018. Results will be announced on April 11, 2018.
President-elect Candidates’ web pages:
The candidates will participate in a candidates’ forum on Saturday, February 10, at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Video of the forum will be available on YouTube following the conference.
Council Candidate Biographical Information:
- 2018 Council Candidate Biographical Information (available in December 2017)
- 2018 Council Candidate Searchable Spreadsheet (available in March 2018)
2017 Election Results
- ALA President-elect (PDF)
- Councilor-at-Large (PDF)
- Division and Round Table Elections (PDF)
- Constitution & Bylaws Amendments (PDF)
2017 Election Statistics
Elections FAQ, Guidelines & Detailed Schedule
- Frequently Asked Questions about Running for Office (PDF)
- Guidelines for Campaigning by Candidates for ALA Office (PDF)
- Election Schedule (PDF 67.3)