Your guide to the 2018 ALA elections

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/05/2018


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance

As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2018 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “Your Guide to the 2018 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, biographical information about the two presidential candidates, and information about two ballot measures: a membership dues adjustment and educational requirements for the ALA Executive Director. Information about the ALA Council, recent Council actions, and links to information about this year’s 75 Council candidates is also provided.

The guide is available in PDF format. This, as well as other information about ALA elections can be found on the Election Page on the ALA website. A special “block” and feature slide on the ALA homepage will also take you directly to election information.

For the 10th year in a row, the American Library Association is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2018.

Polls will open at 9 a.m. CDT on March 12, 2018. Between March 12 and March 14 members will be receive an e-mail with their unique ballot URL and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of your ballot, members should watch for emails from: ALA Election Coordinator,  Subject line will be “ALA 2018 election login information below.”

The polls will close on Wednesday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, and the Election Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 11 at the ALA offices to certify the election. Election results will be released following that meeting.

Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception. Members with disabilities and without Internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. Those without Internet access at home or work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library. The last day to request a paper ballot is March 26.

Become an educated voter and check out “Your Guide to the 2018 ALA Elections” and then cast your vote when the polls open!