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  • 1.  A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 02:31 PM

    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.

    With gratitude,

    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

    Emily Drabinski
    Associate Professor
    Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

  • 2.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 03:27 PM

    Thank you for sharing the news on Connect as well.

    What a huge impact you've had over the last four years!! Thank you for your deep commitment to libraries, librarians, and ALA. I am grateful to have crossed paths with you. I wish you the best as your journey continues. 


    Erika S. Long
    Consultant | Not Yo Mama's Librarian, LLC
    ALA Chapter Councilor (TN)
    Twitter | @erikaslong
    Instagram | @notyomamaslibrarian
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  • 3.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 03:30 PM

    Thank you, Tracie, hardly seems enough. You have been an incredible leader in trying times.

    Dorcas Hand

    TX Chapter Councilor


  • 4.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 03:33 PM

    Thank you for your work for ALA--we needed you! All the best for whatever is next for you. 

    Sara Kelly Johns
    Online Instructor, Syracuse University iSchool
    American Library Association Councilor-at-Large
    American Association of School Librarians Past President (2007-08)
    New York Library Association Past President (2014-15)
    67 Canaras Ave.
    Saranac Lake, NY 12983
    PH: 518-569-2339
    Twitter: @skjohns 

  • 5.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 07:03 PM
    Ms. Hall, 

    Your invaluable contributions to the American Library Association have been nothing short of exceptional, and your unwavering commitment to supporting our library communities, positively impacting countless individuals, and empowering BIPOC library professionals is genuinely inspirational. Thank you for everything!

    In solidarity,

    Maria F. Estrella

  • 6.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 03:42 PM
    Wishing you all the best in your next endeavor.  Thank you for you years of leadership.
    Andrea Lapsley

  • 7.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 08:14 PM

    Dear Tracie:

    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. 

    Joanna Arteaga La Spina
    Youth Services Librarian
    San Francisco Public Library

  • 8.  RE: A message from the ALA Executive Board

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 09:56 PM

    Thank you, Emily, for sharing this news with us. 

    Dear Tracie, 

    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,


    Anchalee Panigabutra-Roberts
    Head of Cataloging
    University of Tennessee Libraries