May 19, 2022

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries:

James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Michigan) Public Library, received 3,248 votes.


Upon learning the outcome of the election, Neal remarked, “I am honored to serve as president-elect of the American Library Association. My commitment is to a successful and influential ALA, to a profession characterized by service, diversity, impact and leadership, to the readers and users who depend on our libraries, and to the individuals who work in and advocate in support of libraries. I will invest my experience in advancing our priorities of advocacy, information policy, and professional and leadership development, always striving for an ALA built on ethics, inclusion, conversation and transparency. Libraries Transform!”

Learn More About James Neal, Read the Complete Announcement

Video: Selection of Presentations/Comments From James Neal

Note: Neal’s Statement Begins at Approx. 17:30 in Video.

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