ALA Announces Election Ballot Measure Results

Executive director education requirement and membership dues adjustments decided

April 11, 2018

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Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the outcomes of three ballot measures regarding a proposed membership dues adjustment and an amendment to ALA executive director education requirements.

The proposed amendment to ALA Policy A.4.1.1, which would require ALA’s next executive director to hold an ALA-accredited master’s degree, was not approved. A minimum of 25% of ALA members was required to vote in order to carry the amendment forward. A total of 10,405 voted on this question, representing 20.79% of the eligible voters—3,890 voted for MLS preferred, and 6,515 voted for MLS required. The Executive Board will now proceed with planning for the search process.

By a vote of 7,663 to 2,684, personal member dues will increase between $1 and $5 in September 2018, depending on membership type. On a separate measure, by a vote of 7,420 to 2,862, ALA members approved a dues adjustment that will increase Association dues over the next five years, not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index, with the review and approval of the ALA Executive Board.

Additional election results, including those for ALA president, Council, divisions, and round tables, are available on the ALA website.