ALA Election Information
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.
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 May.
About the Nominations Process
The 2014 Nominating Committee began the work of selecting candidates for the 2014 ALA elections for President-elect, and Councilor-at-Large at the 2013 Midwinter meeting. Any ALA member interested in being considered by the Nominating Committee must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form at https://www.alavote.org/nomination/2014users.html . Forms must be received no later than August 16, 2013.
2014 Nominating Committee Roster (PDF 82.6 KB)
Petition Candidates & E-Petition Form
- Petition Candidates Biographical Information form (link)
- Electronic Petition Form (link)
Instructions for Creating Electronic Petition (pdf)
In addition to the Petition Candidate Biographical Information Form (link above), individuals wishing to appear on the 2014 ballot as a petition candidate for the office of ALA President-Elect, or ALA Councilor-at-Large must complete a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. This link will take you to an electronic form that can be used for this purpose. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than January 31, 2014.
ALA Election Process
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.
Eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 19-21, 2014. Any individuals whose emails bounce will be sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2014.
2014 Election Information
Voting in the 2014 ALA election will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 19, 2014. Ballots closed at 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2014.
Your Guide to the 2014 Elections
Election Guide 2014 (PDF) (Coming in March 2014)
Election Guide 2014 (flipbook) (Coming in March 2014)
President-elect Candidates’ web pages:
Maggie Farrell (Coming soon!)
Sari Feldman (Coming soon!)
2013 Presidential and Treasurer Candidates’ Forum (YouTube Video) (17.20 min.)
Council Candidate Biographical Information:
- 2014 Council Candidate Biographical Information - Available February 2014
Elections FAQ, Guidelines & Detailed Schedule
- Election Schedule (PDF 67.3)
President Job Description (PDF 27.7)
- Treasurer Job Description (PDF 20.8)
Councilor Job Description (PDF 22.9)