Libraries are an iconic feature of American life. In study after study, libraries are ranked among the public’s most trusted sources of information. They have introduced users 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 users’ 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 their role and nature. Libraries of all types have adapted to the digital age and are committed to meeting the evolving needs of their communities.
ALA seeks a dynamic, innovative, entrepreneurial, and experienced leader as its next Executive Director. Founded in 1876, ALA is the world’s oldest and largest library association and promotes the work of libraries 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, conferences, professional development and outreach work. The Association, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, represents over 58,000 members, and has a staff of 260 and an annual budget of $52 million. The ALA also has an office in Washington DC.
We will offer a competitive salary based on experience. ALA also offers a comprehensive and valuable benefit package that includes generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.
The ALA has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is strongly preferred.
An ALA accredited Master’s Degree or a CAEP accredited Master’s Degree with a specialty in School Library Media is preferred.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:
Pamela Pezzoli and Marc St. Hilaire Isaacson, Miller
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The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About American Library Association - Chicago, IL
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.Founded in 1876, our mission is to share our vision of the importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from our Washington Office. Our main office is located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, right off of Michigan Ave, with satellite offices in Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.