In the past I've given my ALA election picks, but I just don't feel as strongly as I used to. In fact, my membership is due for renewal, and I'm on the fence about re-upping.
President, I'm not super excited about either of them, and won't be voting for President, but I will say that more people whose opinions I trust are supporting Camile Alire. Then again my father has endorsed Linda Williams.
If I can find my ballot (I vote the old fashioned way--on paper!), I'll see that there are already circles next to
Bernadine Abbott Hoduski
Theresa A. Tobin
I know all three of them, and think they are all great. This is an enthusiastic endorsement.
For some reason I didn't select Diedre (Dee) Conkling immediately, but I will vote for her as well. Chalk it up to anti-library director bias! I don't necessarily dislike or distrust all library directors. I've worked for two excellent ones. I just think they don't need my help getting elected disproportionately to ALA Council. Same with men. I will not vote for any men for ALA office except under very special circumstances--like if he's trans.
Council candidates I am considering, based on youth, front lines status, and other factors for underrepresentated on Council (like being a school librarian):
Deborah S. DeGeorge
Sally Decker Smith
Linda J. Underwood
Lisa Von Drasek
Courtney L. Young
I'd love feedback either public via a comment or private, since I don't know any of them.
I'd also like comments on maintaining one's ALA membership. Mine which would cost a minimum of $120 + $12 for SRRT. (The magazine alone ain't worth it, and I'm not going to ALA Annual this year.)