Nominating committee extends deadline

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/05/2018


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance

Chicago - The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large, President-elect and Treasurer.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for any of these positions have until 9:00 a.m. Central time on Friday, August 3, to complete the form. 


All potential nominees must complete the 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 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2019 spring election.  The elected Councilors-at-large and Treasurer will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2022 Annual Conference. The elected President-elect will serve a three-year term beginning at the end of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference – the first year as president-elect, second year as president, and third year as immediate past president.


The ALA officers 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: 


  • Alexandra P. Rivera, Chair, Student Enrichment and Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, 734-764-7037,


  • Jason K. Alston, Information Literacy Librarian, Costal Carolina University, Conway, SC, 847-349-2415,



  • H. Frank Cervone, Director, SPHIT, University of Illinois at Chicago, 312-996-3816,



  • Veronda J. Pitchford, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Burr Ridge, IL, 630-734-5000,


  • Lian Ruan, Director/Head Librarian, Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL, 217-333-8925,


  • Rivkah Sass, Library Director, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA, 916-264-2830,


  • John Spears, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO, 719-531-6333,


The 2019 ALA elections will take place March 11-April 3, 2019.