January 19, 2022

ALA Election Results: Young Wins President, Gonzalez Treasurer; Dues Measure Passes by Wide Margin

Courtney Young, head librarian at Penn State Greater Allegheny, was elected to be the American Library Association (ALA) president for 2014-15.

According to an ALA press release, “Young received 5,391 votes, while [challenger Barbara] Immroth received 5,029 votes.”

Mario M. Gonzalez, executive director of the Passaic (NJ) Public Library, won the treasurer position, which runs 2013-16.

Meanwhile, a measure to allow ALA to increase dues in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) without explicit member approval also passed:

A five-year dues adjustment mechanism proposal passed, 7,832 votes to 2,969 votes. The proposal directs the Executive Board to review personal member dues annually every September from 2013 to 2017 in consideration of a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Any increase proposed above the CPI would be subject to a mail vote of personal members, and any subsequent dues adjustment after 2017 would require approval by the ALA Executive Board, Council, and a mail vote of ALA personal members.

At-large Councilor elections results have been converted to a spreadsheet here, or are available via a PDF on the ALA Elections site, along with these direct links to other results documents (all PDFs):

According to numbers shared with ALA councilors, there were 51,811 eligible voters, of which 11,083 returned ballots — a turnout rate of 21.39%, down slightly from the 2012 election.

Overall turnout data for the past five years:

Overall Percent Returned

Response rate data from previous elections is available in the following documents from ALA:

2012 Election Statistics