January 23, 2022

Julius C. Jefferson Jr. Elected ALA President (2020–2021); Maggie Farrell Elected ALA Treasurer (2019-2022)

From ALA: Jefferson wins 2020–2021 ALA Presidency

Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Jefferson received 5,108 votes, while his opponent, Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Michigan, received 3,011 votes.


Upon learning the outcome of the election, Jefferson remarked, “It is an immense honor to be elected 2020–2021 president of the American Library Association. I am both humbled and appreciative of the confidence you have demonstrated in my ability to lead ALA in the service of libraries and library workers. I look forward to building our brand, focusing on the value of library workers, and advocating for the essential work being done to support our libraries. Together we will collaborate to strengthen our core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion; advocacy; leadership and professional development; and information policy, and address the internal and external challenges. It is my vision that together we will transform ALA into a modern library association, ensuring that libraries remain at the center of public engagement and enrich the lives of the communities we serve.”


Jefferson holds a bachelor’s in history from Howard University and an MLS from the University of Maryland.

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Note: A total of 8,119 votes were cast for president this year vs. 10,132 votes cast least year.

From ALA: Farrell Elected ALA Treasurer:

Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019–2022.

Farrell received   votes, while her opponent, Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, received 2,735 votes.

Farrell will step into her role as treasurer at the close of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Upon learning the outcome of the election, Farrell remarked, “I am honored to serve ALA members as we consider the financial infrastructure required to advance our strategic initiatives. It was a pleasure to stand for election with Andrew, who demonstrated depth of character, and I appreciate his continued service to our Association.”


Farrell holds a bachelor’s from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, an MLS from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University.

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Note: A total of 7,956 were cast for treasurer. In 2016 Susan Hildreth ran uncontested and received 9,228 votes.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.