The 2010 ALA Elections close on Friday April 23 at 11:59pm Central time. Have you voted yet? If not, please consider casting your ballot for ALA Councilor-at-Large for candidates with a youth services background.

They are YALSA members working in the field, school librarians, branch managers, library directors, and library school professors, and as far as I could discern from their bios, include the following colleagues:

  • Stephanie Davitt Bange, Director, Educational Resource Center, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, 116 Allyn Hall, Dayton, OH 45435-0001, 2001.
  • Bart Birdsall, Media Specialist, School District of Hillsborough County, 2309 West Bristol Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609, 2002.
  • Paula Brehm-Heeger, Library Services Manager, Central Region, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, 2008.
  • Thomas Brogan, Young Adult Cluster Specialist (Manager), Brooklyn Public Library, 81 Devoe Street,’  Brooklyn, NY 11211, 2000.
  • Ann Crewdson, Children’s Section Supervisor, King County Library System-Issaquah Branch, 960 Newport Way, Issaquah, WA 98027, 2001.
  • Kelly Czarnecki, Technology Education Librarian, ImaginOn, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, 300 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28202, 2010.
  • Naphtali Faris, Youth Services Librarian, St. Louis Public Library- Walnut Park Branch, 5760 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63120, 2009.
  • Marianne Fues, Library Media Specialist, Jefferson City High School, 609 Union Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 2001.
  • Janice Greenberg, Senior Librarian, Jersey City Free Public Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305, 2002.
  • Erlene Bishop Killeen, School District Library Coordinator, Stoughton Area Schools, 1601 West South Street, Stoughton, WI 53589, 1990
  • Melissa Johnston, School Library Media Specialist, Forsyth County Schools, 1120 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, GA 30040, 1996.
  • Johan Koren, Coordinator, Library Media Program, Murray State University, 3201 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071, 2003.
  • Carla Land, YPL/ Children’s Services Department Head, Las Vegas-Clark County Library Dist., Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89134, 2008.
  • Dennis LeLoup, Media Specialist, Sycamore Elementary School, 7878 E. Co. Road 100 N., Avon, IN 46123, 1995.
  • Jessica Moyer, Doctoral Candidate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2509 Ridgewood St, Menomonie, WI 54751, 2007.
  • Robbie Nickel, Librarian, Sage Elementary School, 208 Boyd-Kennedy Road, Spring Creek, NV 89815, 1993.
  • M. A. (Peg) Oettinger, Librarian (Retired), 23115 Anns Choice Way, Warminster, PA, 18974.
  • Elizabeth Ridler, Manager Library Services (YA Cluster Specialist), Mapleton Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, 1702 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204, 1994.
  • Susan Roman, Dean, GSLIS, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60503, 2005.
  • Doc Roth, Library Director, The English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, 2004.
  • Kevin Scanlon, Head of Reference, Green Valley Library, Henderson District Public Libraries, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89014, 2009.
  • Tony Tallent, Library & Arts Director, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302, 2008.
  • Amanda Williams, Librarian III — Assistant Branch Manager, Austin Public Library, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758, 2005.

Apologies if I inadvertently left anyone off this list! Leave a comment and I’ll add your name.

The best way to have our concerns and issues at the forefront of the association is to ensure that youth serving librarians have a place at the table. Centainly, we must vote for the best, most capable candidates; if they happen to be youth serving librarians, it’s a bonus.

To vote, go to – a login and password was provided to you via email March 17 and again on April 6 – check your spam folder if you missed it, or contact’  call 866-909-3549 or for technical support, or 800-545-2433 press 5 or for other questions.

Good luck to all the ALA Councilor-at-Large candidates!

About Beth Gallaway

Beth Gallaway was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006 for her work in advocating for videogames in libraries. She is an independent library trainer/consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services, and is a YALSA certified Serving the Underserved (SUS) trainer.

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