News from ALA

ALA Election Results

Molly Raphael, former Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. As ALA president, Raphael will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organization in the world. The ALA has a membership of more than 62,000 librarians, library trustees and library supporters. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Raphael will become president-elect in June 2010, and will assume the ALA presidency in June 2011, following the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. She will serve a one-year term as president and a one-year term as Immediate Past President.

James Neal, vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University, was elected treasurer, defeating Alan Kornblau, director of the Delray Beach (Florida) Public Library. Neal will become ALA treasurer in June 2010 following the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and will serve in this capacity through June 2013. See the press release for more information.

ALA Virtual Conference Sessions

ALA is offering a full series of eleven interactive Web sessions on Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8 after the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will begin each day at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific and end at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific.

Each day will start with a keynote speaker, include various sessions, plus an optional author lunch. All sessions will be one hour, with the exception of the author lunch which will be thirty minutes, followed by thirty minutes of downtime for the attendees.

See the list of ALA 2010 Annual Virtual Conference programs. Registration for the virtual sessions is $69 for an individual and $300 for up to fifteen IP addresses.

All full registrants to the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the Conference. If you have any questions please contact Mandy Marneris.

Annual Wiki Now Available

The Official Wiki of the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. is now available. The wiki is open to attendees and exhibitors, and includes general information (accessibility, childcare, event planner, shuttle buses), a calendar and events (awards, diversity events, resources for job seekers, preconferences, presidents’ programs, programs and sessions), registration information, volunteer opportunities, the conference (traveling to and from Anaheim, tips for presentations as well as navigating the conference), and a guide to Washington, D.C. ALA encourages members to post information about programs, meetings, and events. This is another way to publicize your group’s program or meeting event.

Events at Annual

2010 Poster Sessions

The 2010 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Note: poster sessions are on Saturday and Sunday only; there will be no Monday sessions. The 2010 ALA Annual Poster Sessions Abstracts Booklet is now available.

The sessions will take place on Saturday: 11–12:30, 1–2:30, and 3–4:30 and Sunday: 11–12:30, 1–2:30, and 3–4:30.

Poster session applications for the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans will be accepted via the web. Applications will be accepted between October 2010 and January 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2011 regarding acceptance.

New Members Round Table

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) will hold the following events at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference:

  • Conference 101, Friday, June 25, 4–5 pm, Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom South.
  • Mentoring Social, Friday, June 25, 7:30–8:30 pm, Washington Convention Center, East Overlook
  • Conference Orientation, Saturday, June 26, 8–10 am, Marriott at Metro Center, Grand BR A/B
  • NMRT Board Meeting, Saturday, June 26, 10:30 am–12 noon, Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G-I
  • NMRT President's Program, "Innovative Career Choices: Opportunities Beyond Academic and Public Libraries", Saturday, June 26, 1:30–3:30 pm, Washington Convention Center, 158A
  • NMRT Membership, Networking & Committee Interest Meeting, Sunday, June 27, 1:30–3:30 pm, Washington Convention Center, 158A
  • Program co-sponsored with REFORMA, "New Professional Paradigm: Redefining the New Librarian", Sunday, June 27, 4–5:30 pm, Mayflower Renaissance, Colonial
  • Student Reception, Sunday, June 27, 6:30–7:30 pm, Marriott at Metro Center, Jr. BR 1/2
  • NMRT Awards Reception, Sunday, June 27, 7:30–9 pm, Marriott at Metro Center, Grand BR

International Librarians Reception

Join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than eighty countries on Monday, June 28, 6–8pm at the Library of Congress, Great Hall. The reception is open to all conference attendees. There will be regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Advance registration is required. No tickets will be sold that evening at the Library of Congress.

Tickets are $35; the event is free for international librarians.


ALA will host another Unconference. This year will feature new discussion styles, debates, media integration, and fun only chaos can create. The Unconference will be Friday, June 25, 2010 from 9 am–4:30 pm. The event will take place at the Washington Convention Center, 207A. Registration for this is free for any ALA Annual attendee and will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration is limited to 100 participants. More information is available online.

ALA 2010 Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2010 Election for President-Elect and Councilor-at-Large

The ALA 2011 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2011 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large. Two candidates will be selected to run for President-elect and no fewer than fifty-one candidates for the thirty-three at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2011 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2011–2012, as President in 2012–2013, and as Immediate Past President in 2013–2014. The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2011 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2014 Annual Conference.

The ALA President and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available online. Nominations and forms must be received no later than August 13, 2010.

Anyone interested must complete a candidate biographical form. General information regarding elections, including a Councilor job description can be found online.

Candidates for the election of the 2010–2011 Committee on Committees (COC) and Planning and Budget Assembly

The following councilors have been slated as candidates for the upcoming 2010–2011 Committee on Committees and Planning and Budget Assembly Council elections at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference:

Committee on Committees

Four Councilors will be elected for a one-year (2010–2011) term:

  • Irene Briggs, Associate Director of Public Services, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Diane Dates Casey, Dean, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois
  • Jennifer Emanuel, Digital Services and Reference Librarian, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
  • Trevor A. Dawes, Circulation Services Director, Princeton University Library, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Wei Jeng-Chu, Technology Division Head, Worcester (MA) Public Library
  • Charles Forrest, Director, Library Facilities, Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Vicki M. Emery, Media Coordinator, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia
  • Rhonda K. Puntney, Youth Services/Special Needs, Consultant, Lakeshores Library System, Waterford, Wisconsin

Planning and Budget Assembly

Chapter Councilors:

Two Chapter Councilors are to be elected for two-year terms (2010–2012):

  • Ann H. Hamilton, Associate Dean of Library, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
  • Gina A. Persichini, Networking Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise, Idaho
  • Rodney E. Lippard, Director, W.N. Hackney Library, Barton College, Wilson, North Carolina
  • Carlyn J. Gray, Library Director, Round Rock ISD Library Services, Round Rock, Texas

Three Councilors-at-Large are to be elected for two-year terms (2010–2012):

  • Jose Aponte, Library Director, San Diego (CA) County Library
  • Valerie P. Bell, Assistant Director, Ocean County Library, Toms River, New Jersey
  • Annalisa R. Crews, Library Media Specialist, Homewood High School, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Rosario Garza, Executive Director, Southern California Library Cooperative, Monrovia, California
  • Dora T. Ho, Program Specialist, Los Angeles (CA) Public Library
  • Y. Diana Wu, Instruction and Reference Librarian, San Jose (CA) State University, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Balloting begins Sunday, June 27 at 5:30 pm and concludes Monday, June 28 at 4:30 pm. The election results will be announced during Council III on Tuesday, June 29.

Emerging Leaders Application Process Now Open

ALA is now accepting applications for the 2011 class of Emerging Leaders. Applications are due by July 30, 2010.

The program is designed to enable a group of library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor many of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute $1,000 toward expenses ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program.

Applicants can indicate on the application which groups they want to consider them for sponsorship. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. You can also check with your state association and/or state chapter to find out if they are participating and how to apply for their sponsorship.

Library support staff are encouraged to apply to the program and will have an opportunity to be considered for sponsorship through the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table. More information is available online.