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					                                                           2008-2009 ALA CD#26
                                                           2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting

TO:                 The ALA President, Executive Board, and Council

FROM:               Nominating Committee for the 2009 ALA Election
                    Susan S. DiMattia, Chair
                    Rose T. Dawson
                    Timothy P. Grimes
                    Susan Hildreth
                    Corinne M. Hill
                    Pamela Spencer Holley
                    Jo Ellen Priest Misakian
                    Daniel O. O’Connor
                    Thomas C. Wilson

DATE:               October 16, 2008

SUBJECT: Report of 2009 ALA Nominating Committee


The Committee met once during the 2008 ALA Midwinter meeting to review pertinent
documents, discuss strategies, set goals, agree on communications policies, and begin the
process of identifying the qualities and competencies to look for in two potential
candidates for President-Elect and at least 55 potential candidates for the 33 Councilor-at-
Large slots. Ultimately we accepted 59 people to vie for the position of Councilor-at-
Large, but two dropped out by the deadline, leaving a slate of 57. The full slate is
attached to this report.

In order to avoid confusion with the Spring 2008 election, the Committee did not start
“recruiting” until after the results of that election were announced. In the meantime, each
member of the Committee began drawing up lists of people to be contacted as potential

In an effort to identify as broad a group as possible for the Council positions, we
surveyed several sources:

         People who ran in the prior two years and lost by a relatively small margin
         People who were approached by the 2007 and 2008 nominating committees, who
          didn’t chose to run at that time
         Leaders in all of ALA’s units for the past few years
         People included in the last three Library Journal “Movers and Shakers” lists
         Lists of the last two groups of ALA Emerging Leaders
         Names of people who self-nominated

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         Personal contact lists of Committee members. Each Committee member
          volunteered to contact the leadership of several of the units and Chapters of ALA,
          the round tables, the caucuses and division executive directors in order to
          encourage them to recruit potential candidates for office. In some cases, the
          Committee members attended meetings of these groups during the Annual
          Conference in June.
         Sitting Councilors were not approached because of their option to run by petition.

The nomination process was explained in a press release distributed widely at the June
Annual Conference and in an article in American Libraries.

The Committee held one conference call prior to the June Annual Conference and three
more between July and September, when the slate was finalized and sent to the Executive
Board for their information. Frequent email exchanges were also part of the mix,
although with the constant awareness of the need to maintain confidentiality when email
correspondence is not always secure.

The Committee held two meetings at the 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim. A
considerable amount of time was spent reviewing the lists of names that had been
developed up to that point, reporting on people who had filed the Potential Candidate Bio
Form, identifying areas where more balance should be sought, and making assignments
to Committee members to continue their contacts with potential candidates. Care was
taken in reviewing the potential candidates for President-Elect to be aware of and try to
balance the type-of-library affiliations of candidates with those in recent elections.



A list totaling 45 names was originally considered. Of that number, several people were
contacted and asked if they would be interested in filing the Potential Candidate Bio
Form. There were several reasons given for lack of interest or inability to serve:

         New job/between jobs
         Family and personal reasons
         Questions about the cost of mounting a campaign
         Questions about the support given by ALA once a candidate is elected
         Other financial issues
         Time commitment—this led two people to say they would consider running after
          they retire.
         A few individuals indicated they would like to be considered in another year or
          two. Those names will be passed on to the 2010 Nominating Committee.

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A working list of approximately 120 names was created from a larger initial list. Some of
the names on the list had enthusiastically self-nominated by completing the online
Potential Candidate Bio Form.

The final slate includes, as nearly as can be determined: Emerging Leaders (6); LJ
Movers and Shakers (11); Spectrum Scholars (2—may be more). Ethnicity includes
Hispanic, African American, Oriental, and Native American.

Although the data is hard to determine, among the members of the slate, ALA
membership ranges from less than five years to more than 40 years. Five to fourteen
years is the largest group. The number of years of membership is no indicator of
chronological age.

Among the reasons people gave for not being interested in running, at least for this year,

         Between jobs/new job
         Cost of attending two conferences a year for a prolonged number of days
         No support from employer—no financial support or release time, etc.
         Working on an advanced degree
         Currently holding another position within one of ALA’s units
         Difficulty for school library media people to attend long conferences
         Difficulty for educators to attend—conferences fall at the beginning of semesters;
          no reward or support for service to ALA
         Belief that name recognition must be strong in order to be elected
         Belief that vendors and trustees don’t get elected to Council

Again, as in the case of president-elect, the 2009 Committee will pass along to the 2010
Committee the names of people who asked that they be considered in the future.



Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia are represented by the slate of Council

     Arkansas (1); Alabama (1); California (6); Colorado (1); Connecticut (1); District of
     Columbia (2); Delaware (1); Florida (2); Georgia (1); Illinois (3); Indiana (2);
     Kentucky (2); Massachusetts (1); Maryland (4); Missouri (2); New Jersey (2); New
     Mexico (1); New York (6); North Carolina (2); Nebraska (1); Ohio (1); Pennsylvania
     (2); Rhode Island (1); South Dakota (1); Texas (3); Virginia (3); Vermont (1);
     Washington (2); West Virginia (1).

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These numbers are a reasonable reflection of the membership distribution of ALA.


          Female: 36                                       Male: 21

Type of Library:

          Academic                                 20
          Public                                   18
          School                                    8
          State agency                              4
          LIS                                       4
          Vendor/Consultant/other                   2
          Special                                   1


The Committee sent a report to Leslie Burger, Chair of the Presidential Task Force on the
ALA Election Process and Guidelines for use in the Task Force discussions. The
Committee suggested that there be a FAQ document posted on the ALA web site to help
answer some of the many questions candidates for all offices might have. Among the
suggested items are:

         An indication of what recent president-elect candidates have spent on their

         A listing of the financial and other support by ALA for the President-elect and
          President, either during the election or after the results are announced. For
          example, the question came up about whether candidates have free use of ALA
          mailing lists.

         The nominating procedure should be made clearer. At least two potential
          candidates for President-elect wanted to be “invited” to run by the Nominating
          Committee, and therefore didn’t file the required Potential Candidate Bio Form by
          the deadline. The Committee’s view traditionally has been that our contacts with
          potential candidates are simply a way to determine interest. Only when the forms
          are filed does the Committee hold serious discussions of each candidate. This
          procedure needs to be made clearer.

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         There should be a statement of what is expected of candidates for President-elect,
          such as a web site, mailing(s), evidence of support (time off, funding, other) by
          employers. There might also be a statement of electioneering etiquette.


Lois Ann Gregory-Wood and JoAnne Kempf have been invaluable in helping the
Committee work through the responsibilities of the nomination process. We thank them
most sincerely.

As chair of the Committee, I want to thank every member for their thoughtful, timely,
and concerted efforts toward creating a strong final slate. They all fulfilled their jobs
very seriously and energetically.

Finally, we want to thank ALA President Jim Rettig for giving us an opportunity to make
this important contribution to our association.

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                                                           2008-2009 ALA CD#26.1
                                                           2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting


Kenton L. Oliver, Executive Director, Stark County Dist Library, 715 Market Ave
     N, Canton, OH 44702-1080

Roberta A. Stevens, Outreach Projects and Partnerships Officer, Library of
      Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540-1400


Jose Aponte, Library Director, San Diego County Library, 5555 Overland Ave.,
      San Diego, CA 92123

J. Douglas (Doug) Archer, Reference & Peace Studies Librarian, University of
      Notre Dame, 109 Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Notre
      Dame, IN 46556

Mario Ascencio, Visual Arts Liaison Librarian, George Mason University
      Libraries, 4400 University Dr., MSN 2FL, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

Damon Austin, Agricultural Sciences Librarian, University of Maryland College
    Park, 2105 McKeldin Library, College Park, MD 20742

Dreanna Belden, Coordinator of Grants & Development, University of North
     Texas Libraries, PO Box 305190, Denton, TX 76203-5190

Valerie P. Bell, Assistant Director, Public Services, Ocean County Library, 101
      Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753-7688

Bart Birdsall, Media Specialist, School District of Hillsborough County, 2309
       West Bristol Avenue, Tampa, FL 33601-3408

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Brett Bonfield, Director, Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue,
       Collingswood, NJ 08108

Kay I. Bowes, Youth Services Librarian, Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300
       Foulk Rd
       Wilmington, DE 19803

Karl F. Bridges, Associate Professor/Information & Instruction Services,
       University of Vermont, 100 Bailey Howe Library, Burlington, VT 05403

Irene L. Briggs, Associate Director for Public Services, Prince George's County
       Memorial Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20782

John M. Budd, Professor, University of Missouri, 303 Townsend Hall, Columbia,
      MO 65211

Angela Carstensen, Director of Libraries, Convent of the Sacred Heart, 1 E 91st
     St, New York, NY 10128

Annalisa R. Crews, Library Media Specialist, Homewood High School, 1901
      Lakeshore Drive South, Homewood, AL 35209

Amy De Groff, Director of Information Technology, Howard County Library,
     6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Linda Dobb, University Librarian, California State University East Bay, 25800
      Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542

Nanette Donohue, Technical Services Manager, Champaign Public Library, 200
      W Green St, Champaign, IL 61822

Vicki Morris Emery, Media Coordinator, Lake Braddock Secondary School,
      Burke, 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015

Jennifer Engstrom, Public Technology Training Coordinator, New York Public
      Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Dana M. Eure, Assistant Director, Union County Public Library, 316 E Windsor
     Street, Monroe, NC 28112

Miguel Figueroa, Network Services Coordinator, NYU Langone Medical Center,
     423 East 23rd Street, 15 South, New York, NY 10010

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Rosario Garza, Executive Director, Metropolitan Cooperative Library System,
      3675 E. Huntington Dr., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91016-5522

Judith A. Gibbons, Director, Field Services Division, Kentucky Department for
      Libraries & Archives, PO Box 537, Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost & Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of
      Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, Rm. 236, Rochester, NY 14627

Charles L. Gilreath, Executive Associate Dean, Texas A&M University Libraries,
      College Station, TX 77843-5000

Patricia L. Gregory, Asst. University Librarian for Research & Assessment, Saint
       Louis University, Pius XII Memorial Library, 3650 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis,
       MO 63108

Tracie D. Hall, Principal Consultant, The GoodSeed Group, Chicago, IL 60640

Alan Harkness, Regional Director, Piedmont Regional Library System, 189
      Bellview St
      Winder, GA 30680-1706

Christopher G. Harris, Director, School Library System, Genesee Valley BOCES,
      80 Munson St, Le Roy, NY 14482

Stephen M. Hayes, Entrepreneurial Spirit Endowed Business Librarian,
      Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, L012 Mendoza College of
      Business, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Jody K. Howard, Professor, University of Denver, 2450 S. Vine St., JMAC
      Building, Denver, CO 80208

Sara Kelly Johns, Library Media Specialist, Lake Placid Lake Middle/High
      School, 34 School St, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Alys Jordan, Distance and Instructional Services Librarian, Nova Southeastern
      University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7796

Alice S. Knapp, Director of Public Services, Ferguson Library, One Public
       Library Plaza, Stamford, CT 06904

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Johan H. Koren, Coordinator Library Media Program, Murray State University,
      3201 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071

Donna McDonald, Chair, Arkansas State Library Board, Arkansas State Library,
     One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201

Susan Miller, Reference Librarian, Community College of Rhode Island, 1762
      Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865

Leslie Monsalve-Jones, Library Director, Southwestern College, 3960 ABC San
       Felipe Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Nadia Nasr, Univ. Archivist & Digital Collections Librarian, Albert S. Cook
      Library, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252

Patrick Newell, Electronic Resources Librarian, California State University
       Fresno, 5200 N. Barton Avenue, M/S ML34, Fresno, CA 93740

Maren Ostergard, Early Literacy/Outreach Librarian, King County Library
     System, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

Suzy Szasz Palmer, Director of Research & Information Services, Library of
      Virginia, Richmond, VA 23219-8000

Jennifer Pickle, Senior Childrens’ Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 7101
      Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Eva Poole, Director of Libraries, Denton Public Library, 502 Oakland Street,
      Denton, TX 76201

Vicky Schmarr, Library Media Specialist, Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis
      Center Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Thomas Schneiter, Assistant Director for the Depository, Harvard University
     Library, 90 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Jackie Siminitus, Library Advocate, AT&T, 795 Folsom Street, Room 400, San
       Francisco, CA 94107

Tracy Sumler, Children’s Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library, 901 G
      Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Will Stuivenga, Statewide Database Licensing Project Manager, Washington
      State Library, P.O. Box 42460, Olympia, WA 98504-2460

Gail Tobin, Branch Coordinator, Hanover Park Branch, Schaumburg Township
      District Library, 1266 Irving Park Road, Hanover Park, IL 60133

Bill Turner, Adult Services Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library, 901 G
       Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Stephen Van Buren, University Archivist, Head of Special Collections, South
      Dakota State University, SBL 239/Box 2115, North Campus Drive,
      Brookings, SC 57007
Kelvin Watson, Director, New Product Development, The Library Corporation,
      Research Park, Inwood, WV 25401

Larry Nash White, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, 1108 Joyner
      Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Glenda Willnerd, Coordinator Library Media Services, Lincoln Public Schools,
     5901 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

Diane Yuhfen Wu, Librarian Coordinator for International Students, San Jose
      State University Library, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-

Diane Zabel, Louis and Virginia Benzak Business Librarian, Pennsylvania State
      University, Schreyer Business Library, 309 Paterno Library, University
      Park, PA 16802

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