The Council is the governing body of ALA. It delegates to the divisions of the Association authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council. Only personal members of the Association may serve on Council. Two meetings are required each year, one at the annual conference of the Association and one not less than three months prior to annual conference. (See Article IV of the Bylaws.) Council determines all policies of the Association and its decisions are binding unless set aside by a three-fourths vote at any meeting of the Association membership or a majority vote by mail held upon petition of one percent of members and requiring a minimum of one-fourth of the membership voting. (See Article IV of the Constitution.)
Council, the governing body of ALA comprised of 186 members: 100 elected at large; 53 by chapters; 11 by divisions; 10 by roundtables; and 12 members of the Executive Board.
Officers and Members: The officers of the Association and Executive Board, including the immediate past president and treasurer, are members of the Council as provided in Bylaw Article III, Section 6(c) and IV, Section 2(e). The officers of Council are the president, the president-elect and the executive director.
There shall be 100 councilors at large who are elected by the Association membership as provided in Bylaw Article III, Sec. 1(c) and Bylaws Article IV, Sec. 2(e).
Each division of the Association is entitled to one councilor to be elected by members of the divisions as provided in Bylaws Article IV, Sec. 2(c).
Each state, provincial, and territorial chapter is entitled to one councilor to be elected by members of the chapter as provided in Bylaw Article IV, Sec. 2(b). Chapter representation is through state chapters unless chapters in a region choose to take representation through that regional chapter. In such case, the regional chapter shall elect one representative from each state or provincial chapter within that regional association. There is no current regional chapter representation.
Government Documents Round Table, Intellectual Round Table, Library Instruction Round Table, Social Responsibilities Round Table, and New Members Round Table shall be entitled to one councilors to be elected by members of the Round Tables as provided in Bylaw Article IV, Sec. 2(d). The remaining round tables jointly are entitled to one councilor to be elected by members of the respective Round Tables as provided in Bylaws Article IV, Sec. 2(d).