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.
Nominations for the positions of ALA president-elect, treasurer and councilor-at-large are now closed. The Nominating Committee will release the final slate of candidates by mid-September. Individuals who are not slated may still run for office via the petition process. The petition form for the 2019 election will become available on October 3, 2018.(see details below).
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 2019 elections will open on March 11, 2019 and close at 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2019. Eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 11-13, 2019. 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 of ALA as well as applicable divisions and round tables as of January 31, 2019. Anyone who reinstates their membership after January 31, 2019 will be ineligible to vote in the 2019 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 email@example.com.
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
Nominations for the positions of ALA president-elect, treasurer and councilor-at-large closed on August 3, 2018.
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 by petition for President-elect or Treasurer may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members. Individuals who wish to run for Councilor-at-Large by petition, may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 25 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.
The period for filing petitions runs from the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday in December. The petition form for the 2019 election will become available on October 3, 2018. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than December 5, 2018.
President-elect Candidates’ web pages:
Treasurer Candidate's web page:
The candidates will participate in a candidates’ forum on Saturday, January 25, at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
Treasurer Candidates’ biographical information:
Council Candidate Biographical Information (coming soon):
Elections FAQ and Guidelines
- Guidelines for Campaigning by Candidates for ALA Office (PDF)
- President Job Description (PDF 27.7)
- Treasurer Job Description (PDF 20.8)
- Councilor Job Description (PDF 22.9)
- ALA Council: Who, What, Why, and How (video)
2018 Election Results
- ALA President-Elect (PDF)
- Councilor-at-Large (PDF)
- Division and Round Table Elections (PDF)
Other Ballot Measures:
- Proposed membership dues adjustment
- Executive Director educational requirement
2018 Election Statistics
Your Guide to the 2018 Elections
- PDF (2.08 MB)