Your guide to the 2019 ALA elections

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/05/2019


Sheryl Reyes

Designate Director, Governance


American Library Association

As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2019 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “Your Guide to the 2019 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, biographical information about the presidential and treasurer candidates. Information about the ALA Council, recent Council actions, and links to information about this year’s 34 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.

As in previous years, 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, 2019.

Polls will open at 9 a.m. CDT on March 11, 2019. Between March 11 and March 13 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 2019 election login information below.”

The polls will close on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, and the Election Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 10 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 25.

Become an educated voter and check out “Your Guide to the 2019 ALA Elections” and then cast your vote when the polls open!