Polls Open Today for 2005 American Library Association

Contact: Mark Gould


Director, PIO


312-280-5042


mgould@ala.org
For Immediate Release


March 14, 2005

Polls open today for 2005 American Library Association election

CHICAGO - The polls open today for the 2005 American Library Association (ALA) election. Building on the success of the 2004 election, ALA members will be able to vote online again this year.




Between March 15 and 22, paid ALA members as of January 31, 2005, will receive an e-mail with instructions for voting, including the Web address for the ballot and a unique pass code for voting. Members must submit their ballots by April 22, 2005.




"Participating in the election offers ALA members a great opportunity to shape the future of their association," said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director. "Many enhancements to the online process this year should make it easier for a record number of members to take advantage of the ease and convenience of voting online."




Two major enhancements have been made to the 2005 election process and ballot. First the 2005 election will be ALA's first fully accessible election, which means that it meets all applicable W3C accessibility standards and provides for screen reader capabilities. This will allow ALA's members to navigate the ballot by converting text and other visual symbols to audible speech.




Council candidate biographies will also be available in HTML format for members to review and/or print before balloting. A link to these will be provided on the election ballot login page.




Eligible ALA members who do not have an e-mail address or who have requested paper ballots before March 9 will be mailed a paper ballot. Members who have not received an e-mail or paper ballot by April 1 should call ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 (press 5) or send an e-mail to
membership@ala.org. Voting eligibility will be confirmed and a replacement ballot will be provided if necessary.