From start to finish, ALA's nominations and elections process is a complex one involving many steps and deadlines. The broad overview, however, is relatively easy to understand:
- Members are nominated.
- If a member agrees to run for a position, s/he completes paperwork that supports his/her candidacy.
- Regional Nominating Committees (RNCs) are formed in each region to select individuals to serve in the vacant Regional Officer positions. Their work begins in late summer or early fall, and the committee makes its selections at a meeting held in conjunction with the region's Regional Conference.
- An Association Nominating Committee (ANC) is formed to select individuals for the President-Elect position and open positions on ALA's Board of Directors. Their work begins approximately four to five weeks prior to their formal meeting in November.
- Following the November meeting of the Association Nominating Committee, ALA's Executive Director confirms the election of the President-Elect and Directors, and ALA's Board of Directors ratifies the appointments of Regional Officers.
For anyone wanting additional details - about running for a position, serving on a nominating committee, or nominating a fellow member - the following FAQs (frequently-asked questions) may be helpful. You can also reiew the job descriptions and nomination form. Additional questions can be directed to Jan Waugh, Director of Member Services.