Members invited to submit questions to ALA presidential candidates via YouTube

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

December 2, 2008

Do you have a question you’re dying to ask the candidates for ALA President? If you can’t attend the Presidential Candidates’ Forum at Midwinter, why not submit a question on YouTube? It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s the new ALA way!

  • Questions should be submitted as videos and posted to YouTube
  • ALA membership is not required

  • Maximum running time is 90 seconds
  • Individuals or groups may submit questions using your true name(s) (anonymous submissions will not be considered)
  • Video submissions must be tagged as
    ALAelection09 in order to be identified as questions for the ALA Presidential Candidates
  • S
    ubmissions accepted from Dec. 8 through Jan. 16

Six questions will be selected by a jury of past ALA presidents and presented to the candidates. Candidates’ responses will be posted to YouTube and AL Focus prior to the opening of the ALA Election on Mar. 17. The candidates for ALA President for the 2009 election are Kent Oliver and Roberta Stevens. Questions will also be posed to any petition candidates.

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This opportunity is brought to you as one of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives. For further information about Jim Rettig and his initiatives, visit