For immediate release | October 26, 2020

ALA Nominating Committee Councilors-at-Large candidates announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee annually nominate candidates from among the general membership for members-at-large of Council. Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition.

Individuals interested in running for ALA Council by petition have until 4:30 p.m. Central Time on December 31, 2020, to file an electronic petition with the ALA executive director. The petition must have the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. Candidates must electronically submit an additional form containing biographical information and a statement of professional concern with the petition. Instructions for filing petitions and additional voting information is available at

The committee had the charge to consider applications for up to 50 potential nominations to Councilor's role at Large. The submissions pool has yielded the following 49 candidates and will proceed with the election for 33 seats to honor those who have chosen to stand for election during this challenging time.

2021 ALA candidates for Councilor at Large include:

Celia Avila

Senior Librarian

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, California

(Public Library)

Cindy Bhatti

Director of Public Services

Vigo County Public Library

Terre Haute, Indiana

(Public Library)

Kimberley Bugg

Associate Library Director

AUC Woodruff Library

Atlanta, Georgia

(Academic Library)

Elizabeth Call

University Archivist

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York

(Academic Library)

Keturah Cappadonia

Outreach Consultant

Southern Tier Library System

Painted Post, New York

(Public Library)

John A Clexton

Library Director

Gladwin County District Library

Gladwin, Michigan

(Public Library)

Fannie M. Cox

Outreach and Reference Librarian, Associate Professor

University of Louisville Libraries

Louisville, Kentucky

(Academic Library)

Peter D. Coyl


Montclair (NJ) Public Library

Montclair, New Jersey

(Public Library)

Angela Craig

Executive Director

Charleston County Public Library

Charleston, South Carolina

(Public Library)

Sara Dallas


Southern Adirondack Library System

Saratoga Springs, New York


Catherine Damiani

Library Director

Tiverton Public Library

Tiverton, Rhode Island

(Public Library)

Roberto C. Delgadillo

Student Services Librarian

Student Services Department, Peter J. Shields Library, University of California, Davis

Davis, California

(Academic Library)

Kim DeNero-Ackroyd

Deputy Director

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

(Public Library)

Bob Diaz

Associate Librarian and Archivist

The University of Arizona Libraries

Tucson, Arizona

(Academic Library)

Jina DuVernay

Collection Development Archivist for African American Collections

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

(Academic Library)

Kelsey Flynn

Adult Services Specialist

White Oak Library District

Lockport, Illinois

(Public Library)

Linda Marie Golian-Lui

Associate Dean Library Services, Director of EAST and Librarian Professor

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

(Academic Library)

Michael A. Golrick

Head of Reference, Library Consultant

State Library of Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

(State Library)

Stefani Gomez

Library Director

Cedar Crest College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

(Academic Library)

Mario M. Gonzalez

Executive Director

Passaic Public Library

Passaic, New Jersey

(Public Library)

Rhonda K. Gould

Executive Director

Walla Walla County Rural Library District

Walla Walla, Washington

(Public Library)

Bitsy Griffin

School Librarian

Chatham Grove Elementary

Pittsboro, North Carolina

(School Library)

Amy J Hafer

Library Director

Hastings Public Library

Hastings, New Hampshire

(Public Library)

Tyler Hahn


Cherokee Public Library

Cherokee, Iowa

(Public Library)

Christopher J. Hemingway

Circulation Librarian

Hagaman Memorial Library

East Haven, Connecticut

(Public Library)

Carrie Herrmann


Boone County Public Library District

Burlington, Kentucky

(Public Library)

Nicole Holifield, MSW, MLIS


Tonganoxie Public Library

Tonganoxie, Kansas

(Public Library)

Sonnet Ireland

Branch Manager

St.Tammany Parish Library

Slidell, Louisiana

(Public Library)

Nicholas A. Lamb

Research and Learning Librarian

Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP

New York, New York

(Law Firm Library)

Kathy Lester

School Librarian

East Middle School

Plymouth, Michigan

(School Library)

Rodney Lippard

Director, Library and Center for Student Achievement

University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

(Academic Library)

Joseph Logue

Library Director

Newport Public Library

Newport, Rhode Island

(Public Library)

Mike L. Marlin


California Braille and Talking Book Library

Sacramento, California

(State Government)

Lavoris Martin

Associate Library/Director of Library Technical Service

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

(Academic Library)

Susan J. Martin

Chair, Collection Development and Management

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

(Academic Library)

Priscilla Martínez

Director of Community Engagement

Senate of Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

(Public Library)

Paul Mills

Executive Director

Fountaindale Public Library District

Bolingbrook, Illinois

(Public Library)

Jill M. O'Neill

Library Director

Clinton Community College

Clinton, Iowa

(Academic Library)

Madeline Peña

Digital Content Manager

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, California

(Public Library)

Edwin Rodarte

Senior Librarian of Emerging Technologies

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, California

(Public Library)

Amanda Roper

Assistant Librarian 1

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee

(Academic Library)

Suzanne L. Sager

Cataloging eAccess Manager

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

(Academic Library)

Jules Shore

Systems Librarian

Shore Library

Rockville, Maryland


Natalie Starosta

Library Director

North Riverside Public Library District

North Riverside, Illinois

(Public Library)

Eric D. Suess


Marshall Public Library

Pocatello, Idaho

(Public Library)

Iris Taylor

Senior Cataloging Specialist

The Library of Congress

Washington, D.C.

(Federal Government)

Patricia Valdovinos

Librarian II - Multilingual Collections

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, California

(Public Library)

Joan S. Weeks

Head Librarian Near East Section

Library of Congress/African and Middle Eastern Division

Washington, D.C.


Christine Woods

Saint Leo University Regional Librarian, (Virginia, Mississippi, Texas, California)

Saint Leo University

Carrollton, Virginia

(Academic Library)

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