Running for Office
The ALA Nominating Committee nominates candidates from among the general membership for the position of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-Large. ALA elections are held in the spring of each year with the results announced in early April.
The 2024 ALA Election Period: March 11, 2024 - April 3, 2024. Renew your membership by January 31, 2024 to ensure that you receive your ballot for the 2024 ALA Election.
ALA President-elect & Councilor-at-Large Nominations Period: July 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023.
Interested candidates must submit a candidate biographical form.
ALA President-elect & Councilor-at-Large Petition Period: October 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023.
Individuals who did not complete a candidate biographical form during the nomination period or were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running by petition may do so by completing a two-step process:
- Create an e-petition to collect the required number of signatures
Note: ALA President-elect require at least 200 ALA current personal member signatures. ALA Councilor-at-Large require at least 25 ALA current personal member signatures. Click here for instructions to create an e-petition (PDF).
- Submit a candidate biographical form
Division and Round Table
Please note that above information pertains to the ALA elections only. If you wish to run for a division or round table office please contact the division or round table as their information may be different. Interested candidates must submit a candidate biographical form. ALA Division & Round Table Nomination Period: July 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023
Open House Candidate Webinar for ALA President and ALA Councilor-at-Large
FAQ's & Guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions about Running for Office (PDF)
- Guidelines for Campaigning by Candidates for ALA Office (PDF)- Updated 2021