For immediate release | July 5, 2016

Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA Elections announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form. Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-large have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 29, to complete the form.

All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at You must click on the “Register” link prior to completing the form.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2017 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2017-2018, as President in 2018-2019, and as Immediate Past President in 2019-2020.

The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2020 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.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee:

  • Steven Bell (Committee Chair), Associate University Librarian, Temple University Samuel L. Paley Library, Philadelphia, PA (215) 204-5023, E-mail
  • Jose Aguinaga, Library Faculty, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ, (623) 845-3204, E-mail
  • Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean, University Library, University of San Diego, (619) 260-2370, E-mail
  • Dr. Gail K. Dickinson, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research, Darden College of Education, Norfolk, VA (757) 683-6777, E-mail
  • Vicki Morris Emery, Media Coordinator, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA (703) 426-1049, E-mail
  • Carl A. Harvey, II, Instructor of School Librarianship, Longwood University, , Farmville, VA (434) 395-2608, E-mail
  • Sandy Wee, Library Services Manager, San Mateo County Library, San Mateo, CA (650) 312-5276, E-mail

Additional information about running for office, including job descriptions for President-elect and Councilor-at-Large, can be found at


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance