For immediate release | November 1, 2010

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels signs with ALA for five more years

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels has signed on to remain in charge of the oldest and largest library association in the world through FY 2015.

The decision was made during the ALA Executive Board’s fall meeting, Oct. 22-24, at ALA Headquarters in Chicago.

Fiels said he hoped five more years at the helm would help give the association the stability it needs to emerge through these tough financial times a stronger and more vital organization.

ALA President Roberta Stevens said, “Keith Michael Fiels has been extraordinarily effective as ALA’s executive director. He has led the association during challenging economic times, successfully ensuring that its programs and responsiveness to members not only continue but also grow.

"And just as impressive, he has kept a focus on the future of the association and our goal of having 21st-century libraries for our users. The Executive Board is grateful that Keith has agreed to remain as our association’s leader, applying his intelligence, interpersonal abilities and considerable energy to this important job.”


Leonard Kniffel