Run for office by filing an electronic petition

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/01/2018


JoAnne Kempf


American Library Association, Office of ALA Governance

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect, Treasurer or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2019 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for president-elect and treasurer, and 25 signatures for councilor-at-large. A petition form may be created by logging into the ALA website and following these instructions (pdf).

In addition to the petition itself, members must complete the Candidate Biographical Information Form. You will be asked to create an account before you can access the form.

Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.

The petition form for the 2019 election will become available on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. This form, along with the biographical information form, must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than 4:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Ballot mailing for the 2018 ALA election will begin on March 11, 2019 and will run through April 3, 2019 with the results being announced on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2019 in order to vote in the ALA election. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 5. Additional information about the ALA election process can be found at