2015 Ballot and Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Voting in the 2015 ALA election will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 24, 2015. Eligible* ALA/ALSC members will be sent their information by email between March 24-27, 2015. Any members whose email result in a bounced message will be sent a letter along with a ballot by mail. The election will close on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central. Election results will be announced on the ALSC website and on ALSC-L late afternoon on Friday, May 8, 2015.

*Individuals eligible to vote must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2015. Anyone who reinstates their membership after January 31, 2015 will be ineligible to vote in the 2015 elections.

The ALA election guide will be available in February 2015.
More details are available on the ALA Election Page.

2015 Slate

Vice President/President-Elect - vote for one
Tali Balas, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY (Read an interview with Tali on the ALSC Blog)
Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, Philadelphia, PA  (Read an interview with Betsy on the ALSC Blog)

Board of Directors - vote for three
Christine Caputo, Free Library of Philadelphia-TOPSS, Philadelphia, PA
Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews, Portland, ME
Mary Voors, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Barbara Klipper,  Stamford, CT
Jos Holman, Tippecanoe Public Library, Lafayette, IN
Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI

Division Councilor - vote for one
Cecilia McGowan, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
Jenna Nemec-Loise, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

Caldecott 2017 Committee - vote for eight
Stacy Dillon, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), New York, NY
Laurie Reese, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
Linda Sawyer, Niles Public Library, Niles, IL
Ashley Waring, Reading Public Library, Reading, MA
Brian Wilson, Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL
Jane Claes, University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, TX
Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Amanda Roberson, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp MD
Meagan Albright, Alvin Sherman Library @ NSU, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Erica Dean Glenn, Berkeley Public Library, Oakland, CA
Roxane Bartelt, Janesville, WI
Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, Chappaqua, NY
Megan Egbert, Boise, ID
Janet Mumford, James McKinney Elementary School Library, Victoria, BC CANADA
Holly Jin, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL
*Update 3/4/15: Please note that members will vote from a slate of 15 candidates, rather than 16, due to one candidate’s recent decision to withdraw from the slate.

Newbery 2017 Committee - vote for eight
Elisabeth Marrocolla, Darien Library, Darien, CT
Daniel Meyer, Kew Gardens Hills, NY
Brandy Sanchez, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, MO
Tony Carmack, Rocklin Library, Rocklin, CA
Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY
Matthew Krueger, Irondequoit Public Library, Rochester, NY
Jennie Law, Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Decatur, GA
Maryann Owen, Oak Creek Public Library, Oak Creek, WI
Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Calgary, AB CANADA
Sylvie Shaffer, Maret School, Washington, DC
Melissa Gross, Florida State University SLIS, Tallahassee, FL
Sharon Levin, Redwood City, CA
Robbin Friedman, Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY
Bethany Lafferty, Henderson Libraries (Green Valley Branch), Las Vegas, NV
Terrell Young, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Sibert 2017 Committee - vote for five
Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, WA
Ted McCoy, Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA
Gail Nordstrom, Viking Library System, Fergus Falls, MN
Louise Capizzo, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, ME
Kathy Simonetta, Elgin, IL
Tracy-Lyn Geiser, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY
Marilyn Phillips, University City Public Library, University City, MO
Michael Rogalla, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL        
Elizabeth Nolan, DC Public Libraries, Washington, DC
Kathleen Neil, Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore, MD

Wilder 2017 Committee - vote for three
Nancy Johnson, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Robin Gibson, Westerville Public Library, Westerville, OH
Luann Toth, School Library Journal, New York, NY
Virginia Walter, Venice, CA
Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Kensington, MD
Carol Goldman, Queens Library, Forest Hills, NY
 

Proposed Bylaws Amendments

The following information regarding two bylaw amendments will appear on the 2015 ALSC ballot for member consideration.

APPROVAL OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ALSC BYLAW ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEES, SECTION 2

During the 2014 Annual Conference the ALSC Board voted to bestow the Wilder Award on an annual basis. This requires an amendment to the ALSC bylaws, specifically articles VIII: Committees and X: Nomination and Elections. The existing and proposed language changes appear below. References to “every other year” were struck from the proposed bylaws language. Additionally, Article X, Sec. 2 language pluralized “Awards” in enumerating the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert Award committees. Deleting the terminal “s” in each of these instances ensures internal consistency and aligns the section’s language with the rest of the bylaws. Finally, Article X, Sec. 2 also incorrectly indicated that the nominating committee would select “sixteen (16) members” for the Caldecott ballot; new language corrects this to “sixteen (16) candidates.”

Text to be deleted appears in brackets under “Current Bylaw” section.  Replacement text to be approved is bold and underscored in the “Proposed Bylaw Change” section below.

ALSC Bylaws ARTICLE VIII Committees
Sec. 2. The Newbery Award Committee, the Caldecott Award Committee, the Sibert Award Committee, the Wilder Award Committee, and the Notable Children’s Books Committee:

Current Bylaw:
d)    The Wilder Award Committee shall consist of the following five (5) members: Three (3) members to be elected [every other year] from a slate of no fewer than six (6), a chairperson appointed by the president, and one (1) member appointed by the president.

Proposed Bylaw change:
d)    The Wilder Award Committee shall consist of the following five (5) members: Three (3) members to be elected annually from a slate of no fewer than six (6), a chairperson appointed by the president, and one (1) member appointed by the president.

APPROVAL OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT ARTICLE X NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS, SECTION 2

Text to be deleted appears in brackets under “Current Bylaw” section.  Replacement text to be approved is bold and underscored in the “Proposed Bylaw Change” section below.

ALSC Bylaws ARTICLE X. Nominations and Elections

Current Bylaw:
Sec. 2. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate to consist of: two (2) candidates for every anticipated Board vacancy (The Board shall consist of thirteen members: president, vice-president (president-elect); immediate past-president, division councilor, fiscal officer, new to ALSC director and seven directors-at-large). In years when multiple director-at-large vacancies are anticipated the slate shall include twice as many candidates as there are slots; sixteen (16) candidates for eight (8) Newbery Award[s] Committee members-at-large; sixteen (16) [members] for eight (8) Caldecott Award[s] Committee members-at-large; ten (10) candidates for five (5) Sibert Award[s] Committee members-at-large; six (6) candidates for three (3) Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee members-at-large [every other year]; and candidates to fill vacancies as approved in Article V, Sec. 3 of these Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will report the slate of candidates to the ALSC Executive Committee in writing by October 1, for the Fall Division Leadership Meeting in the year of the Nominating Committee’s appointment.

Proposed Bylaw change:
Sec. 2. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate to consist of: two (2) candidates for every anticipated Board vacancy (The Board shall consist of thirteen members: president, vice-president (president-elect); immediate past-president, division councilor, fiscal officer, new to ALSC director and seven directors-at-large). In years when multiple director-at-large vacancies are anticipated the slate shall include twice as many candidates as there are slots; sixteen (16) candidates for eight (8) Newbery Award Committee members-at-large; sixteen (16) candidates for eight (8) Caldecott Award Committee members-at-large; ten (10) candidates for five (5) Sibert Award Committee members-at-large; six (6) candidates for three (3) Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee members-at-large; and candidates to fill vacancies as approved in Article V, Sec. 3 of these Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will report the slate of candidates to the ALSC Executive Committee in writing by October 1, for the Fall Division Leadership Meeting in the year of the Nominating Committee’s appointment.