ALA Elections Now Open

Contact: JoAnne Kempf
Office of ALA Governance

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012

Your guide to the 2012 ALA elections
As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2012 elections, an electronic election guide has been created to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “Your Guide to the 2012 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the two presidential candidates. Also provided is information about ALA Council, recent Council actions, and links to information about this year’s 107 Council candidates.
The guide can be found via the Election icon on the ALA homepage, or by going to A pdf version of the guide can be found at
For the fourth year in a row, the American Library Association is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2012.
Polls will open at 9 a.m. CDT on March 19, 2012. Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will notify voters by e-mail, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls close on Friday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
On May 4, the Election Committee will meet at the ALA offices to certify the election. Election results will be released following that meeting.
Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception. Members with disabilities and without Internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. Those without Internet access at home or work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library.
Become an educated voter and check out “Your Guide to the ALA Elections” and then cast your vote when the polls open!

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