Voting opens Monday, March 14, and closes Wednesday, April 6. Election results will be announced April 13. Learn more about the ALA election and ALA candidates.
The Core ballot will include candidates for three Board positions: President-Elect, Councilor, and Director-at-Large.
The Core President is elected to a three-year term that begins at the conclusion of the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and ends at the conclusion of the 2025 ALA Annual Conference, serving one year each as President-Elect (2022–2023), President (2023–2024), and Immediate Past-President (2024–2025). The Division Councilor is elected to a three-year term, 2022-25; and Directors-at-Large are also elected to three-year terms.
Candidates for Core President-Elect
Director of Performance & User Engagement
University of Rochester (NY)
Anecdotally, I hear from association members about uncertainty and lack of clarity about how Core will work in practice and how they can find a place in our new home; for some this liminality/uncertainty is an uncomfortable place to sit in. I am very excited to continue to shape the future direction of Core, providing some clarity along the way and building on the infrastructure that has been put in place. As an assessment practitioner, I bring a plethora of skills that are well paired with leadership skills developed during my fellowship with ARL’s Library Career Development Program fellowship among other leadership opportunities. I’m particularly eager to share my expertise in service design and user experience as one of the ways that we build a connected division where members are not just welcomed but wanted.
Director, Capital Projects and Project Management
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Core is a catalyst for library workers to meet their potential through community building, advocacy, and learning and is uniquely positioned to serve librarians, professionals, and staff in all types of libraries more so than any other division. As Core is a new division, we need to continue to grow our membership by offering compelling programming and volunteer opportunities in: Access and Equity, Assessment, Buildings & Operations, Leadership & Management, Metadata & Collections, and Technology. My focus as Core President will be to lead our Board and Sections to 1) strengthen our internal processes, 2) create unique and beneficial program offerings, and 3) increase our membership to ensure success for the future. More than 20 years of library leadership experience, as well as years of volunteering with ALA and Core, has positioned me to lead our division to ensure we shape the future of the profession for generations to come.
Candidates for Core Councilor
Scholarly Communications Librarian
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
As Core Councilor I will strive to represent the interests and opinions of Core membership and Core sections and committees, being as transparent as possible and soliciting as much input as possible. My understanding of divisional and ALA organization is informed by my years as a member of ALCTS Budget and Finance Committee, and as an active participant in launching the new Core Equity and Access Section. At this pivotal moment for Core and ALA, it is essential that as many voices as possible are brought to the table, and heard, and that we commit ourselves to action based on our core values. I will strive to encourage participation from Core members on important topics by sharing information frequently and in plain language, and by being available to membership as much as possible. These will be my priorities if elected.
George E. Gottschalk
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
I support a member-centric Division and Association with focus on long-term sustainability. I also believe in a Division and Association that champions all libraries and all library employees in service to our diverse constituencies.
Candidates for Core Director-at-Large
Carroll County Public Library (MD)
Libraries find themselves in the position of having to keep one foot in the past and one foot constantly moving forward to the future. CORE not only recognizes and acknowledges that but embraces the opportunities provided by this unique position. If elected I would seek to maintain that balance, working to ensure that we know our past while collaborating to create our future. Libraries should always remember what they did and who they serve, without allowing that knowledge to restrict what they can do in the future.
Director of Resource Services
Wake Forest University, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Core is taking shape from a multicultural and multigenerational membership. I have broad association leadership and committee experience ranging from Budget and Finance member to co-chair of an interest group. Working on the joint ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee helped me understand how ALCTS and LITA cultures were different and how the two organizations complemented each other in our work. As a supervisor and manager, I appreciate what LLAMA members bring to Core. I believe my knowledge can be useful as we blend experiences from our former professional homes to create a new culture to support our development in our careers and to add our voices to our profession.
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services
In our work as library practitioners, our standards, best practices, leadership techniques, collections, and technologies are tools of our trade. As with any tools, they can be used to perpetuate societal uniformity, inequity, and exclusion as well as to enable self-definition, unconstrained cooperation, and the free exchange of ideas and experiences to better who we are and where we live. Because much of how we shape and use our tools is within our control, it’s our responsibility to do so in ways that enact the values we espouse. Those efforts shouldn’t be done in isolation and Core is uniquely positioned to help us share what works and what doesn’t across our various specialties and types of organizations. I’d like to contribute to Core’s efforts to be a vital resource for practitioners as we shape our careers and our roles in making positive differences in people’s lives.
Head of Community Engagement
Poughkeepsie Public Library District
CORE, still being a relatively new organization, has the capacity to blaze a new trail for libraries and library workers. One of my goals, whether I am elected or not, is to continue advocating for my colleagues. I believe CORE has the structure and capability to open new pathways for both incoming and long-term professionals. Much discussion has happened on the role of professional organizations and I believe ALA and CORE will not be successful if we do not directly support our library workers. My goal is to make that happen, I want to see CORE make a direct contribution to workers lives, not just the institutions they work for. I have big dreams for CORE but nothing more important than building solidarity amongst library workers from public to school to special and everywhere in between.
Associate Director of Library and Technology Services
The American Library Association is the primary professional organization for our profession. It has been around for over a hundred years and I want to be sure it continues to be around for future generations. Through ALA, users can get to know one another from across this great nation and bring our concerns to Congress and the House of Representatives. The ALA is our voice and when managed well, being faithful to those who support ALA, we are a powerful force. Some issues that we still need to address are outdated Copyright laws, Digital rights, and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. But we can do this. We can, and we should.
Candidates for ALA President-Elect
Core Members Running for ALA Council
- Jennifer Brown
- Nick Buron
- Maggie Farrell
- Vicky Hart
- Martha Hutzel
- Judy Jeng
- Sara Kelly Johns
- Qiana Johnson
- kalan Knudson
- Victoria Kowanetz
- Charles Kratz
- Rodney Lippard
- Jennisen Lucas
- Chulin Meng
- Marina Morgan
- Jim Neal
- Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts
- Suzanne Sager
- Karen Schneider
- Eric Suess
- Steven Yates
View the 2022 ALA Council Sorter, coded by Core member Andromeda Yelton