ALA Governance

ALA Council Meetings

Sunday, January 10,  8:30am - 11:00am

Monday, January 11,  10:00am - 12:15pm

Tuesday, January 12,  9:30am - 12:30pm


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 9, 3:00pm - 4:30pm


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 8, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Monday, January 11, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday, January 12, 1:30pm - 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 and Treasurer Candidates' Forum

Saturday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Become an informed voter and prepare for the 2016 ALA Elections that will take place March 15–April 22. Each candidate will have an opportunity to present their platform, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

2016 candidates for ALA President

Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York

2016 candidates for ALA Treasurer

Susan Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California.

Patricia M. (Patty) Wong, county librarian and chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in Woodland, California