ALA Governance

ALA Council Meetings

Sunday, January 22,  8:30am - 9:30am

Monday, January 23,  10:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, January 24,  9:30am - 11:30pm


All Midwinter attendees are welcome to visit and observe Council at work at any of these meetings. The Council is the governing body of ALA, and delegates to the divisions of the association authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council. Council’s decisions are binding unless set aside by a majority vote in which one-fourth of the members of the association have voted.


Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session

Saturday, January 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm


For an overview of what’s been going on at ALA since Annual Conference as well as a status report of the association, you will receive reports from the President, President-elect, Executive Director, Treasurer and Endowment Trustees at this meeting.


Executive Board Meetings

Friday, January 20, 7:30am - 10:45pm

Monday, January 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, January 24, 1:00pm - 4:30pm


Executive Board meetings, other than closed sessions, are open to all Midwinter attendees. The best way to get a flavor for how decisions are made within the association is to observe one of these Board meetings.


ALA Presidential Candidates' Forum

Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Become an informed voter and prepare for the 2017 ALA Elections that will take place March 13-April 5, 2017. Each candidate will have an opportunity to present their platform, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

2017 candidates for ALA President - Garcia-Febo, Grief seek 2018-19 ALA presidency

2017 candidates for ALA President - Walter announces candidacy for 2018-19 ALA presidency


Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant and President of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, and Terri Grief, School Librarian at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky, and Scott Walter, university librarian, DePaul University, Chicago.


Candidates for ALA Treasurer

The next election for ALA Treasurer will be in 2019.


ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Board of Directors

Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


ALA-APA Council

Sunday, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization with the mission is “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”