For immediate release | March 7, 2014

Your guide to the 2014 ALA elections

CHICAGO — As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2014 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “Your Guide to the 2014 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the two presidential candidates. Information about the ALA Council, recent Council actions, and links to information about this year’s 72 Council candidates is also provided.

The guide is available as a flip book or in PDF format. This, as well as other information about ALA elections can be found on the election page on the ALA website. A special “pod” and feature slide on the ALA homepage will also take you directly to election information.

For the sixth year in a row, the American Library Association is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2014.

Polls will open at 9 a.m. CDT on March 19, 2014. Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will notify voters by email, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of your ballot, members should watch for emails from: ALA Election Coordinator, Subject line will be “ALA 2014 election login information below.”

The polls will close on Friday, April 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, and the Election Committee will meet on Friday, May 2 at the ALA offices to certify the election. Election results will be released following that meeting.

Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception. Members with disabilities and without Internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. Those without Internet access at home or work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library.

Become an educated voter and check out “Your Guide to the 2014 ALA Elections” and then cast your vote when the polls open!


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance