The American Library Association (A.L.A.) announced on Friday, March 7, 2014 that as it “gears up for its 2014 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. ‘Your Guide to the 2014 ALA Elections’ contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the two presidential candidates. Information about the ALA Council, recent Council actions, and links to information about this year’s 72 Council candidates is also provided.”
The guide is available as a digital flip book or in PDF format. This, as well as other information about A.L.A. elections can be found on the election page on the A.L.A.’s Web site. A special pod and feature slide on the A.L.A. Homepage will also take one directly to election information.
For the sixth year in a row, the A.L.A. is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of Friday, January 31, 2014.
Polls will open at 9:00 a.m. C.D.T. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Between March 19th and March 21st, the A.L.A. will notify voters by e-mail, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of one’s ballot, members should watch for emails from: ALA Election Coordinator, noreply [at] directvote.net. The subject line will be “ALA 2014 election login information below.”
The polls will close on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. C.D.T., and the Election Committee will meet on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the A.L.A. 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 A.L.A. 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) libraries.