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.
Beginning with the 2017 elections, the voting period will run from the first Monday in March through the first Wednesday in April. The 2017 elections will open on March 13, 2017 and will close on April 5, 2017. Results will be announced on April 12. For the 2017 elections, eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 13-15, 2017. 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, 2017. Anyone who reinstate their membership after January 31, 2017 will be ineligible to vote in the 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 April.
About the Nominations Process
The Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA election has completed the nominations process for the positions of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-Large.
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.
Beginning with the 2017 elections, the period for filing petitions runs from the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday in December. The petition form for the 2017 election will become available on October 4, 2017. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than December 6, 2017.
- Petition Candidates Biographical Information form (link coming soon)
- Electronic Petition Form (link coming soon)
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)
The 2016 ALA elections closed on Friday, April 22.
2016 Election Results
- ALA President-elect (PDF)
- ALA Treasurer (PDF)
- Councilor-at-Large (PDF)
- Division and Round Table Elections (PDF)
2016 Election Statistics
- 2016 Election Member Voting Statistics vs. Previous Years from 1970 (PDF)
- 2016 Respohse Rate by Ballot (PDF)
Your Guide to the 2016 Elections
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: