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Alire, Williams Seek 2009-2010 ALA Presidency

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Last week, the Executive Board met in Chicago to do executive boardly things. As I tried to learn more about what they do, I was gratified to find a page on our site that lists the members of the EB and even includes pictures and email addresses for each of them.

More on the EB in an upcoming post, but one of the things they did was to select the candidates for the 2009-2010 presidential election. There’s more about this process in Article III of the Bylaws (sadly, you’ll need to be logged in as a member to view that link and you’ll have to jump ahead to page 48), but here’s the press release with some background information about both candidates and the 2008 election schedule.

“Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County public schools in Annapolis, Md., are candidates for the 2009-2010 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA)….

ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot. The candidate elected will serve as ALA president-elect for 2008-2009 and as president the following year.” Read more….

I don’t see any blogs or campaign websites up yet, but I’ll post them here if I come across any. And in case your head is spinning figuring out the who is who, Loriene Roy is our current president, and Jim Rettig will be next year’s president (2008-2009).

New ALA Treasurer Blog

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

It’s official – Rod Hersberger, ALA’s new Treasurer, is blogging away at, with open comments and an RSS feed. The main Treasurer’s Page on the ALA website is a bit dense with text (not Rod’s fault), so the blog should make current news easier to find and track.

New ALA Treasurer blog

“Market performance in September and the Fed rate cut in the middle of the month were both very good news for ALA’s long-term investment portfolio. At the close of business on September 29, the unaudited value of ALA’s long-term investments stood at $31,432,147….” Read more.