Dear ALA Councilors,
As you may have seen, the American Library Association announced today that Tracie Hall will resign from her role as executive director. The full announcement is available here. We hope that you will join us in thanking Executive Director Hall for her outstanding service, leadership, and guidance during her nearly four-year tenure with ALA.
During this time of transition, ALA's talented Associate Executive Director team will lead staff as the ALA Executive Board moves to appoint an interim executive director in the coming weeks and launches a robust, nationwide search for the next executive director.
Tracie's departure comes at a time when ALA is incredibly visible for the work we are doing in support of the Association's core values. We are at a critical moment, when free and open access to credible information, the First Amendment right to free expression, and the principles of intellectual freedom are being challenged. We stand firm behind these values and are guided by our mission: "to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all."
The ALA Executive Board is committed to upholding this mission. We will continue to conduct our work alongside hundreds of member leaders and ALA staff, who work every day on behalf of American libraries and library workers across eight divisions, 19 roundtables, and more than 40,000 members. Together, we will continue to support the work of libraries now and in the future.
Thank you, Director Hall, for your work in support of libraries and for the significant impact you have had on our mission and our Association.
Emily Drabinski, President
Cindy Hohl, President-Elect
Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, Immediate Past-President
Peter Hepburn, Treasurer
Ana Elisa de Campos Salles, Executive Board
Sam Helmick, Executive Board
Christina Rodriques, Executive Board
Kathy Carroll, Executive Board
Sara Dallas, Executive Board
Amy Lappin, Executive Board
Karen Schneider, Executive Board
Stephanie Chase, Executive Board
Sophia Sotilleo, Executive Board
Steven Yates, Executive Board
Thank you, Tracie, hardly seems enough. You have been an incredible leader in trying times.
TX Chapter Councilor
Thank you for your commitment and focus during such trying times.
I can't wait to see what you do next. I hope the first thing on your list is a fun and long vacation.
Thank you, Emily, for sharing this news with us.
I'm grateful for your leadership during and over the very challenging years.
You have left a mark in the association's history for your unwavering strength to lead us through the difficulty time.
I'm also grateful to experience your warmth and kindness.
I know that you will take on the challenge of your choice in the future and will excel.
A thousand thanks,
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