Attend the ALA Presidential Candidates' Forum at Midwinter

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/12/2015


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance

The 2015 election for ALA president-elect will be a rare event, with four candidates vying for the position!  Become an informed voter by attending the ALA Presidential Candidates’ Forum from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Chicago at McCormick Place, W375e/Skyline. This forum allows ALA members an opportunity to hear the platforms of the ALA presidential candidates prior to the spring election. Each candidate will have an opportunity to present their platform, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Immediately following the forum, the candidates will host a joint reception from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus AB. Enjoy light refreshments and chat with the candidates at this informal gathering.

The 2015 candidates for ALA president are:

Joseph Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School

James (Jamie) LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colorado

JP Porcaro, librarian for acquisitions and technological discovery at the New Jersey City University Guarini Library

Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin (Texas) Community College.

The ALA elections will take place March 24 – May 1.  Individuals must have joined or renewed their ALA membership by Jan. 31, 2015 to be eligible to vote.  For additional election information, including links to the candidates' webpages, visit