For immediate release | August 27, 2018

Pace running for 2019-22 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Andrew K. Pace, executive director, technical research, at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, is the candidate for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022.

A member of ALA for 23 years, Pace is currently a member of the ALA Executive Board (2016-19) and has served on ALA Council as Councilor-at-Large (2012-present). He is an active member of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), the Public Library Association (PLA), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Association (ALCTS), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA), serving as its president 2008-09.

Pace has been a member of the Finance and Audit Committee since 2016, and has served on several other committees, including Committee on Organization, Nominating Committee, Committee on Appointments, and American Libraries Advisory Committee, where he served as the 2010-12 chair. He has held numerous positions within LITA, including the LITA Budget Review Committee (2007-10). He is a current member of the Library History Round Table, the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, the Freedom to Read Foundation and Friends of the Book Art Press.

In 2006 Pace was named a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow (now known as the Leading Change Institute) and was named Librarian of the Year by Data Research Associates in 2002.

"I'm honored to have been selected by the nominating committee and humbled by the work ahead," said Pace. "If elected, I look forward to following through on the exciting transformations being planned by the ALA Executive Board, Council, Divisions, Chapters, Affiliates, and the membership at large. As treasurer, I want to do more than simply present financial data to the membership. I want to bring my library, business, and volunteer experience to bear on the issues facing libraries, library workers, and library users. ALA isn't at a cross-road, it's on a launch pad that will help define its future for the next 150 years. I look forward to being part of the diverse team that defines that future."

Pace holds a BA in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MSLS from the Catholic University of America.

Pace will engage in a candidates’ forum, along with the president-elect candidates, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 26, during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The candidates will each have an opportunity to make a statement and will answer questions from the audience.

Ballot mailing for the 2019 ALA election will begin on March 11, 2019 and will run through April 3, 2019. Results will be announced on April 10, 2019. Individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2019 in order to vote in the ALA election. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 5.


JoAnne Kempf


American Library Association, Office of ALA Governance