For immediate release | November 1, 2022

ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the names of the 61 candidates who are running for a total of 40 at-large seats on the ALA Council. That number includes 32 councilor-at-large seats for the 2023-2026 term, two councilor at-large seats to serve until 2025, five councilor at-large seats to serve until 2024, and one councilor at-large seat to serve until 2023.

The following candidates were accepted by the Nominating Committee (listed alphabetically by last name):

Richard E. Ashby, Jr.

Public Library Director

Sharon Hill Public Library

Sharon Hill, PA

(Public Library)

Caitlin Bagley

Instruction Librarian, Chair Foley Librarians

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

(Academic Library)

Jennifer Boettcher

Business Librarian

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

(Academic Library)

Vivian Bordeaux

Head, Technical Services

Bridgeport Public Library

Bridgeport, CT

(Public Library)

Steve Borrelli

Head of Library Assessment

Penn State University Libraries

University Park, PA

(Academic Library)

Kathleen Breitenbach

Teen Librarian

Hamilton Township Public Library

Trenton, NJ

(Public Library)

Joy Bridwell


Stone Child College

Box Elder, MT

(Academic Library)

Jennifer Brown

Executive Director

The Field Library

Peekskill, NY

(Public Library)

Elizabeth Burns

Associate Professor

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

(School Library)

Nick Buron

Chief Librarian

Queens Public Library

New York, NY

(Public Library)

Diana Colby

Ph. D. Candidate; District Library Facilitator; High School Librarian

University of North Texas / Keller ISD

Ft. Worth, TX

(School Library)

Kate Cummings

Research and Instruction Librarian

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

(Academic Library)

LaKeshia Darden

Associate Librarian

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL

(Academic Library)

Jim DelRosso

Assistant Director, Catherwood Library

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

(Academic Library)

Emily Dowie

Teen Librarian

Greenburgh Public Library

Elmsford, NY

(Public Library)

Jason Driver

Executive Director

Kitsap Regional Library

Bremerton, WA

(Public Library)

Diane Gill

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

(School Library)

April Hernandez

Library Director

Goddard Public Library

Goddard, KS

(Public Library)

Carrie Herrmann

Executive Director

Boone County Public Library

Burlington, KY

(Public Library)

Chad Hetterley

Acting Library Director

Grapevine Public Library

Grapevine, TX

(Public Library)

Mihoko Hosoi

Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

(Academic Library)

Aubrey Iglesias

Cataloging Librarian, 2018-present

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

(Academic Library)

Barbara Johnson

School Librarians

Jack Jackter Intermediate School

Colchester, CT

(School Library)

Amanda Jones

AASL Chapter Assembly Secretary, AASL 2023 National Conference Co-Chair

Live Oak Middle School

Denham Springs, LA

(School Library)

Bradley Kuykendall

Floating Manager

Dayton Metro Library

Dayton, OH

(Public Library)

Stephen Lajoie

Assistant Library Director & Technology Librarian

Ipswich Public Library

Ipswich, MA

(Public Library)

Nicole LaMoreaux

Assistant Director, Research & Instructional Services

The New School

New York, NY

(Academic Library)

Binh Le

Interim Head Librarian

Penn State University

Abington, PA

(Academic Library)

Dennis Leloup


School Library Advisor

Indianapolis, IN

(School Library)

Tina Lerno

Librarian II

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, CA

(Public Library)

Tatanisha Love

Library media specialist


Owings Mills, MD

(School Library)

Sandra McCarthy

Professional Faculty Librarian

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI

(Academic Library)

Kerrie Mierop

Youth Services Librarian

Calabasas Library

Calabasas, CA

(Public Library)

Anne Miskewitch

Executive Director

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg, IL

(Public Library)

Derek Mosley


Fulton County Library System

Atlanta, GA

(Public Library)

Toni Negro


Rockville, MD

Janice Newsum

Assistant Professor, School Library Information Science

University of Houston Clear Lake

Houston, TX

(LIS Program)

Kathleen O’Connell Renaud

Director of Operations

Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association

Ottawa, ON

(Public Library)

Nadia Orozco-Sahi

Library Information Specialist III

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

(Academic Library)

Michelle Osborne

Branch Manager

Gaston County Public Library, Stanley Branch

Stanley, NC

(Public Library)

Andrew Pace

Executive Director

University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium

Adelphi, MD

(Consortium Library)

Liz Philippi

School Program Coordinator

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Austin, TX

(State Library)

Abigail Phillips

Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

(LIS Program)

Corinthia Price

School Librarian

The Green Vale School

Old Brookville, NY

(School Library)

Brenda Pruitt-Annisette

Chair, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table; K-12 Educator; Researcher

DeKalb County School District

Stone Mountain, GA

(School Library)

Leah Richardson

Special Collections Librarian

George Washington University

Washington, DC

(Academic Library)

Alexandra Rivera

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Development

Michigan State University Libraries

East Lansing, MI

(Academic Library)

Jillian Rudes

School Librarian

New York City Department of Education

Queens, NY

(School Library)

Edward Sanchez

Head, Library Information Technology

Marquette University - Raynor Memorial Library

Milwaukee, WI

(Academic Library)

Matthew Shaw

Dean of University Libraries

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

(Academic Library)

Jahala Simuel

High School Librarian

District of Columbia Public Schools

Washington, DC, VA

(School Library)

Heather Sostrom

Library Branch Manager

St. Johns County Public Library System

St. Augustine, FL

(Public Library)

Pauline Stacchini

Executive Director

Emporia Public Library

Emporia, KS

(Public Library)

David Stokes

Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, CA

(LIS Program)

Melissa Sutter

Outreach and Reference Librarian

Rogers Memorial Library

Southampton, NY

(Public Library)

James Teliha

Dean of the Library & Learning Commons

Utica University

Utica, NY

(Academic Library)

Joseph Thompson

Director of Public Services

Carroll County Public Library

New Windsor, MD

(Public Library)

Gail Tobin

Branch Manager

Schaumburg Township District Library, Hanover Park Branch

Hanover Park, IL

(Public Library)

Janice Welburn

Dean Emerita, Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

(Academic Library)

Harriet Wintermute

Head, Metadata Services

Iowa State University Library

Ames, IA

(Academic Library)

Ning Zou

Associate Director for Student Academic Services and Learning Design | Research Librarian

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Cambridge, MA

(Academic Library)

The Nominating Committee extends its gratitude to all of the members who put forth their names to be considered for this position and have expressed the desire to serve. Every year, the Nominating Committee selects candidates from within the general membership for council members-at-large.

Members who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may still run for office by petition. Those interested in running for ALA Council by petition have until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Dec. 31, 2022 to file an electronic petition with the ALA executive director. The petition must have the signatures of no fewer than 25 current personal members.

Candidates must electronically submit their Candidate Biographical Information Form with the petition. Instructions for filing petitions and additional election information is available on the ALA Election page.

Ballot mailing for the ALA election will begin on Monday, March 13, 2023 and will run through Wednesday, April 5, 2023. Individuals must be members in good standing to vote in the 2023 ALA Elections. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 1. For more information, please visit the ALA Election page.

Edited: November 11, 2022, January 1, 2023, January 19, 2023, February 2, 2023, February 21, 2023 to update the number of councilor at large seats available.


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Sheryl Reyes


Governance Office