ALA Election Information

2016 Elections

The 2016 ALA elections closed on Friday, April 22.

2016 Election Results

2016 Election Statistics

Press Releases

Your Guide to the 2016 Elections

President-elect Candidates’ web pages:

Treasurer Candidates' web pages:

The candidates participated in a candidates’ forum on Saturday, January 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Video of the forum is available on YouTube.

Council Candidate Biographical 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 opened on March 15 and closed on April 22.  Results will be announced on April 29.  For the 2016 elections, eligible members were sent their voting credentials via email between March 15-17, 2016.  Any individuals whose emails bounced were 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 reinstated their membership after January 31, 2016 were ineligible to vote in the 2016 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 customerservice@ala.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 May.

About the Nominations Process

The Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA election is currently seeking nominations for the positions of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-Large.  Anyone interested in running for office must complete the biographical information form at: https://www.directvote.net/alanomination/2017users.html. Deadline for completing the form is July 29, 2016.

Petition Candidates & E-Petition Form

Individuals who were 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 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 petition form for the 2017 election will become available soon. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than January 27, 2017.

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