For immediate release | February 15, 2011

Ho, Norton and Porter elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO - Dora T. Ho, Sylvia K. Norton and Michael Porter have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 7 to 11 in San Diego. Ho, Norton and Porter will each serve three-year terms beginning in July 2011 and concluding in June 2014.

Ho is a young adult librarian/program specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has served on Council as councilor-at-large since 2003. Ho has served on numerous committees and was president of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) 2001-2002. She is also a member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as well as the California Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), which she served as both president and treasurer. Ho holds both a BS and MLS degree with specialization in special libraries from UCLA.

Porter, communications manager with WebJunction in Seattle, has served on ALA Council since 2010. He has served as a member of the Equitable Access to Electronic Content Task Force and is an instructor for the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) program. He is an active member of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA). Porter holds both a BA and MLS degree from Indiana University.

Norton, a state level coordinator for school libraries in Maine, is currently on an educational leave while she completes her doctoral studies at Florida State University. She has served on Council as the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) councilor since 2006. She currently serves on the executive committee of the AASL board of directors and has held numerous leadership positions within AASL. Norton has also served as the president of the New England School Library Association (2001-2002) and the Maine Association of School Librarians (1997-1999). Norton is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds an MSLIS degree from Simmons College and an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Maine.

AASL, ALSC, LITA, LLAMA, PLA and YALSA are divisions of the ALA. APALA and CALA are ALA affiliate organizations.

The ALA Executive Board manages the affairs of the association. It is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director and eight members elected by Council from among the members of that body. For more information on the Executive Board, please visit