News: From ALA

ALA to Conduct Fourth Online Election in 2007

For the fourth year, the American Library Association (ALA) will hold its election online. All paid ALA members as of January 31, 2007, are eligible to vote in the 2007 election. Polls open on March 15, 2007.

To insure that member email records are accurate, ALA conducted email tests in October 2006. Members who change their email addresses prior to January 31, 2007, can update their information by logging in to the ALA web site and updating their user profile, call 800-545-2433 (press 5), or email Membership@ala.org (Use the subject line “update my email address”). Members who do not have an email address at home or work, but wish to vote online may consider signing up for a free email account from a service, such as Yahoo. Lastly, members may choose to vote by either a Web or a paper ballot.

Paper ballots will be sent to all paid ALA members as of January 31, 2007 who lack a valid email address or who request a paper ballot prior to March 2, 2007, by calling 800-545-2433 (press 5). Paper ballot packages will be mailed between March 15- 22, 2007. International paper ballot packages are delivered in a timely manner, they will be mailed March 13-15, 2007.

All Web voters will receive ballots March 15-17, 2007, in a 48-hour email blast. This will ensure that voters have ample time to cast their ballots.