2021 ALA/Core Election

Voting opens Monday, March 8, and closes Wednesday, April 7. Election results will be announced April 14. 

The Core President is elected to a three-year term that begins at the conclusion of the 2021 ALA Annual Conference and ends at the conclusion of the 2024 ALA Annual Conference, serving one year each as President-Elect (2021–2022), President (2022–2023), and Immediate Past-President (2023–2024). Please review the candidate statements below, read our interview with them, and be sure to vote.

New: Candidate Forum Recording from March 23, 2021

Watch the Zoom recording of the candidates answering questions from moderator Miranda Bennett and audience members about their vision for Core.

Candidates for Core President-Elect

Margaret Heller

Margaret Heller

Digital Services Librarian
Loyola University Chicago

ALA and its divisions need to continue their work to simplify structures and engage members in making real change in libraries and the library profession. This means supporting the people who work in libraries, and making it possible for workers at all levels to expand their opportunities. As institutions, libraries can work together to make sure the increasingly homogenous companies that support our work are doing the best they can for their customers. My daily work encompasses web development, scholarly communications, metadata, governance and planning, and electronic resource management, giving me a very real idea of what Core members do every day, and what needs to happen to make these things better.

Maurini Strub


Maurini Strub

Director of Performance & User Engagement
University of Rochester (NY)

Anecdotally, I hear from association members about uncertainty and lack of clarity about how Core will work in practice and how they can find a place in our new home; for some this liminality/uncertainty is an uncomfortable place to sit in. I am very excited to continue to shape the future direction of Core, providing some clarity along the way and building on the infrastructure that has been put in place. As an assessment practitioner, I bring a plethora of skills that are well paired with leadership skills developed during my fellowship with ARL’s Library Career Development Program fellowship among other leadership opportunities. I’m particularly eager to share my expertise in service design and user experience as one of the ways that we build a connected division where members are not just welcomed but wanted.


ALA Election

Candidates for ALA President-Elect

Core Members Running for ALA Council

  • Cindy Bhatti
  • Kimberley Bugg
  • Angela Craig
  • Sara Dallas
  • Kim DeNero-Ackroyd
  • Kelsey Flynn
  • Linda Marie Golian-Lui
  • Mario M. Gonzalez
  • Rhonda K. Gould
  • Nicole Holifield
  • Sonnet Ireland
  • Rodney Lippard
  • Sherry Machones
  • Mike L. Marlin
  • Susan J. Martin
  • Jill M. O'Neill
  • Suzanne L. Sager
  • Eric D. Suess
  • Iris Taylor
  • Joan S. Weeks

Use Core member Andromeda Yelton's ALA Council Candidate Sorter 2021 to learn more about all Council candidates.