[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacoun] ALA election information]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Tue Sep 30 07:28:41 PDT 2008


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Subject: 	[alacoun] ALA election information
Date: 	Mon, 29 Sep 2008 17:34:22 -0400
From: 	Rettig, Jim <jrettig at richmond.edu>
To: 	<alacoun at ala.org>

Dear Colleagues:


I am pleased to announce that the Spring 2009 ALA election will be the 
Association's first all online election.


Over the last five years, since we first introduced online voting, the 
number of online voters has steadily grown, with the vast majority of 
members now voting online. Even more importantly, the introduction of 
online balloting has significantly increased member participation in the 
election process.


It's no secret that the coming year promises to be a difficult year 
financially for all of us. It is also a year in which every organization 
is looking at ways in which it can reduce energy consumption and adopt 
"greener" approaches. For these reasons, the decision to save nearly a 
half million pieces of paper and $90,000 in postage and printing is good 
for the association - and environment. Funds that would have been used 
for paper ballots can now be used to support critical member services 
and advocacy activities on behalf of libraries.


Under the new procedure, members who have not provided ALA with email 
addresses by March 1, 2009 will receive a paper mailing with information 
on the election web site and an individual election password. Those 
without internet access at home or work can easily access the site 
through a visit to their local public (or in many instances academic or 
school) library.


A printed version of a paper ballot will continue to be readily 
available upon request to members with disabilities and no internet access.


At this point, you can help us all prepare for our first online election 
by logging on to the ALA web site (that's in the upper right hand corner 
of the home page)  and adding your email address to your member record 
(instructions on how to do this are provided on the site).


Further information on the upcoming election and new procedures will be 
forthcoming in American Libraries, AL Direct, and member mailings. In 
the meantime, ALA Librarian Karen Muller (kmuller at ala.org 
<mailto:kmuller at ala.org>) or Member Services Director Juanita Rodriguez 
(jrodriguez at ala.org <mailto:jrodriguez at ala.org> ) can answer any 
questions you may have.


Looking forward to the Association's first all online election,


Jim Rettig

ALA President


Portland State University logo

Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University

sagers at pdx.edu

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