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 2015 Nominating Committee began the work of selecting candidates for the 2015 ALA elections for President-elect and Councilor-at-Large at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting.  Any ALA member interested in being considered by the Nominating Committee must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form. Forms must be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time on August 14, 2014.

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 February 6, 2015.

2014 Election Information

Voting in the 2014 ALA election began at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 19, 2014 and closed at 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2014.

2014 Election Statistics:

Press Releases

2014 Election Information

Your Guide to the 2014 Elections

Election Guide 2014 (PDF)

Election Guide 2014 (flipbook)

President-elect Candidates’ web pages:

Maggie Farrell

Sari Feldman

View excerpts of the Presidential Candidates' Forum that took place on Saturday, January 25, during the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

President-Elect Biographical Information

Council Candidate Biographical Information:

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.

For the 2014 elections, eligible members were sent their voting credentials via email between March 19-21, 2014.  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, 2014.  Anyone who reinstated their membership after January 31, 2014 were ineligible to vote in the 2014 elections.

Elections FAQ, Guidelines & Detailed Schedule   

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