Libraries are an iconic feature of American civic life. For many, libraries have introduced them to the joy of learning and the magic of books; have offered a safe and productive haven for study, research and reflection; and have transformed user’s lives through educational programs and community resources. Not only have America’s libraries changed the lives of many of their users, they themselves have transformed as societal needs, technology, and other forces in the economy have dramatically reshaped the role and nature of libraries. Libraries have adapted to the digital age and are committed to meeting the evolving needs of their communities.
The American Library Association (ALA) seeks a dynamic, innovative, enterprising, and experienced leader in the library and information resources field to serve as its next Executive Director. Founded in 1876, the ALA is the world’s oldest and largest library association and promotes the work of libraries, librarians, and the value of professional library and information science education. It advocates for issues and values that are important to the field and to a free and open information society. ALA achieves these goals through its programs, publications, annual conferences, professional development and outreach work. The Association, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, represents over 58,000 members, has a staff of 260, and an annual budget of $52 million. ALA also has an office in Washington DC that represents libraries on Capitol Hill, and consists of the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).
The position of Executive Director of the American Library Association offers an extraordinary and exciting opportunity to champion, represent and support one of the most trusted and valuable institutions in American society. The next Executive Director will be able to leverage the organization’s strong reputation and the passion and dedication of the Association’s members, staff and elected leaders to build even stronger support for libraries, those who work in them, and the millions of users who benefit from them.
Candidates will be considered only if they possess an ALA accredited Master’s Degree or a CAEP accredited Master’s Degree with a specialty in School Library Media.
The ALA will offer a competitive salary based on experience. The ALA offers a comprehensive and valuable benefits package that includes generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.
Nanette Blandin is leading this search with Marc St. Hilaire.