For immediate release | August 31, 2016

ALA announces slate of Council candidates

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council. These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA Election:

Hilary Albert, Librarian II, Mahopac (New York) Public Library

Celia Avila, Senior Librarian, Los Angeles (California) Public Library

Robert E. Banks, Chief Operations Officer, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas

Latrice Booker, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana

Vivian Bordeaux, Customer Service Librarian, Bridgeport (Connecticut) Public Library

Steve Brantley, Head of Reference Services/Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Elissia Buell, Librarian II, San Diego (California) Public Library

Nick Buron, Chief Librarian, Queens Library, New York, New York

Nan B. Carmack, Director, Campbell County Public Library System, Rustburg, Virginia

Matthew P. Ciszek, Head Librarian, Penn State Shenango, Sharon, Pennsylvania

John c. DeSantis, Cataloging & Metadata Services Librarian, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Instruction, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York

Megan Elizabeth Drake, Implementation Consultant, Ex Libris, Portland, Oregon

Tanya D. Finchum, Professor/Librarian, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Edward Garcia, Library Director, Cranston (Rhode Island) Public Library

Karen Weyher Gavigan, Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Martin J. Gomez, Vice Dean, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Rhonda K. Gould, Consultant, By the Book Library Consulting, Tacoma, Washington

Dolly Goyal, Library Director, Los Gatos (California) Public Library

Susan F. Gregory, Director, Bozeman (Montana) Public Library

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Teacher/Consultant, Libraries Thrive Consulting, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Dorcas Hand, retired from Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, Texas

Sam Helmick, Public Services Librarian, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library

Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clara, California

Dora T. Ho, Young Adult Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

Mary Anne Hodel, Director/CEO, Orange County (Florida) Library System

Cinthya Maria Ippoliti, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, Oklahoma State University Libraries, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Grace M. Jackson-Brown, Library Faculty/Associate Professor, Missouri State Libraries, Springfield, Missouri

Susan L. Jennings, Dean of Library Services, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Kyla M. Johnson, Librarian Teacher, Farmington High School, Farmington, New Mexico

kYmberly Mieshia Dionne Keeton, Academic Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri

Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Rebekah D. Kilzer, Director of Member Education, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio

Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, US Access Board, Washington, DC

Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Simmons College School of Library & Information Science, Boston, Massachusetts

Robin Fogle Kurz, Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

Paula S.W. Laurita, Executive Director, Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens, Alabama.

Jennifer L. Longee, Librarian, Durham Academy, Durham, North Carolina

Lisa L. Longmire, Librarian, Kitsap Regional Library, Bremerton, Washington

David Lopez, Librarian, Santa Ana (California) Public Library

Jennifer Rose Leutkemeyer, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Andrew Paul Mangels, Director, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, Ohio

Brian J. McCormick, Library Director, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin

Sarah Marie McHone-Chase, Head of User Services, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois

Chulin Meng, Director of Library Technology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Joe Mocnik, Director of University Library/Professor, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia

Larry Neal, Library Director, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, Michigan

Juliana Nykolaiszyn, Associate Professor/Librarian, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Gina Persichini, Technology & Access Services Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise, Idaho

Liz Philippi, Manager of Library Media Services, Houston (Texas) ISD

Abigail Leigh Phillips, Doctoral Candidate, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Scott Piepenburg, Head of Cataloging, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

Brenda Pruitt-Annisette, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of School Library Programs, Chicago State University

Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno, California

Renna Tuten Redd, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Stevo Roksandic, Regional Director of Library Services, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, Ohio

John C. Sandstrom, Associate Professor/Acquisitions Librarian, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Lindsay C. Sarin, Director of Academic Programs, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Joel D. Shoemaker, Library Director, Oakwood (Illinois) Public Library District

Jahala Simuel, Reference Librarian/Adjunct Professor, Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Daniella Smith, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Department of Library & Information Sciences, Denton, Texas

Steven Escar Smith, Dean, University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville

Amy Steinbauer, Children’s Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library

James Kevin Teliha, Director of the Library & Learning Commons, Utica College, Utica, New York

Lettycia Terrones, Education Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles, California

Sarah J. Thornbery, Teacher-Librarian, Springboro (Ohio) Community City Schools

Gail Tobin, Branch Coordinator, Schaumburg Township District Library, Hanover Park (Illinois) Branch

Cecilia N. Tovar, Principal Librarian Branch & Public Services, Santa Monica (California) Public Library

Tammy Renee Turner, High School Library Media Specialist, Centennial High School, Frisco, Texas

Julia Warga, Director for Research and Instruction, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

Erica Ann Watson, Librarian, Art Institute of California, San Francisco

Cynthia M. Whitacre, Manager, WorldCat Quality, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio

Amanda J. Wilson, Director, National Transportation Library, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Charles Wilt, Retired Executive Director, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Chicago, Illinois

Christian Zabriskie, Branch Administrator, Yonkers (New York) Public Library

Individuals who are interested in running for ALA Council by petition may file petitions beginning on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. All petitions must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Instructions for filing petitions can be found at .

Ballot mailing for the 2017 ALA election will begin on March 13, 2017 and will run through April 5, 2017 with the results being announced on Wed., April 12, 2017. Individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2017 in order to vote in the ALA election.


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance