ALA Presidential Elections

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The ALA Presidential Elections are coming up quickly, and it’s important for all librarians (and library students) to take a moment and learn about who might be representing them at a national/international level. There are two candidates this year. Sara Kelly Johns, a school library media specialist from Lake Placid, and Molly Raphael, a public librarian from Portland, Oregon.

Sara envisions leading an ALA that:

  • “vigorously promotes the value of libraries to the public and decision-makers,”
  • “is open, transparent and encourages participation,”
  • “champions intellectual freedom, privacy and equal access to information,”
  • “creates diversity in our profession,”
  • “seeks equitable salaries and benefits for all library workers, and”
  • “provides targeted professional development and training, delivered in every possible format.”

Check out her qualifications and platform at

Molly’s priorities for ALA this year are:

  • “advocacy”
  • “diversity and inclusiveness”
  • “and defending our core values”

Learn more about her and her platform at

Remember, voting starts March 16 and goes through April 23.  Get involved!


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