Nominating committee extends deadline

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/06/2017


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance

Chicago - The ALA 2018 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of Councilor-at-Large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA Councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, July 26, to complete the form. 

All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.

The Nominating Committee will select no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2018 spring election.  The elected Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2021 Annual Conference. 

The ALA Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee: 

  • Michelle Jeske, Chair, City Librarian, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO, 720-865-2100,
  • Helen Adams, Retired School Librarian, Fremont, WI, 920-677-4484,
  • Maurice D. Coleman, Specialist III – Technical Trainer, Hartford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD, 410-273-5600, ext. 2281,
  • Vicki Coleman, Dean of Library Services, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, NC, 336-285-4151,
  • Regina H. Gong, Head of Technical Services & Systems, Lansing Community College Library, Lansing, MI, 517-483-1663,
  • Beatriz Guevara, Library Manager, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC, 704-716-6401,
  • Jack Martin, Jr., Executive Director, Providence Public Library, Providence, RI, 401-455-8000,
  • Anne M. Prestamo, Dean of Libraries, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 305-348-3461,
  • John F. Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, 213-228-7515,

The 2018 ALA elections will take place March 12-April 4, 2018.