ALA Election Information

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.

The 2016 elections will open on March 15 and close on April 22.  Results will be announced on April 29.  For the 2016 elections, eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 15-18, 2016.  Any individuals whose emails bounced will be sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials.  To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing of ALA as well as applicable divisions and round tables as of January 31, 2016.  Anyone who reinstates their membership after January 31, 2016 will be ineligible to vote in the 2016 elections.

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 Nominating Committee for the 2016 ALA election has completed its work and is no longer accepting nominations. 

Petition Candidates & E-Petition Form

Individuals who were not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition.

  • 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 2016 ballot as a petition candidate for the office of ALA President-Elect, Treasurer, 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 29, 2016.

2016 Election Information

President-elect and Treasurer Candidates’ web pages will be available in December 2015.

Elections FAQ, Guidelines & Detailed Schedule   

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