Meet the Candidates

Four individuals vie for 2015-2016 ALA presidency

March 17, 2015

The candidates for the 2015-2016 ALA presidency.
The candidates for the 2015-2016 ALA presidency.

Voting for the 2015 ALA Elections begins on March 24. Get to know the four candidates for the 2015–2016 ALA presidency as they introduce themselves and their campaign goals to voting ALA members.



James LaRueMeet the Candidates for ALA President: James LaRue

By James LaRue


Joseph JanesMeet the Candidates for ALA President: Joseph Janes

By Joseph Janes


J. P. PorcaroMeet the Candidates for ALA President: JP Porcaro

By JP Porcaro


Julie TodaroMeet the Candidates for ALA President: Julie Todaro

By Julie Todaro


Voting will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 24. Between March 24 and March 26, ALA will notify voters by email, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of their ballot, members should watch for emails from ALA Election Coordinator, The subject line will be “ALA 2015 election login information below.” The polls will close on Friday, May 1, at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

For the seventh year in a row, ALA is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2015. Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception: Members with disabilities and without internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5. Those without internet access at home or work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library.

Voters will receive email reminders on April 7 and April 14. Voting may be completed in one sitting, or an individual may park their ballot and return at a later date; however, a ballot is not cast until the “submit” button is clicked. Anyone with a parked ballot will receive an email reminder to complete the voting process before May 1.

Information about the ALA election and the candidates can be found in “Your Guide to the 2015 Elections,” available as a flipbook or in PDF format. This, as well as other information about ALA elections, can be found on the Election Page on the ALA website. A special pod and feature slide on the ALA homepage will also take you directly to election information.


James LaRue, candidate for ALA president

Meet the Candidates for ALA President: James LaRue

Four candidates unveil their campaign statements and appeal to ALA members for their vote

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