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Drabinski Wins 2023-24 ALA Presidency

CHICAGO — Emily Drabinski, acting chief librarian at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has been elected 2022-2023 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Drabinski received 5,410 votes, while his opponent, Kelvin Watson, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District received 4,622 votes.

After learning of the election result, Drabinski made the following statement:

“Thank you to everyone who participated in this election. I am honored and delighted to be your president-elect. Thanks to Kelvin Watson for running for office with me. I have the deepest respect and gratitude for Kelvin and his commitment to libraries.

“As we face an uncertain and challenging future, I know this: We have each other and we are enough. I stand ready to work with all of you to strengthen our association and our field to support workers in the libraries and the communities we serve. Thank you for your trust and support of my vision for ALA and your role in that vision. We have a lot of work ahead of us to build collective power for the public good. I look forward to to start with all of you.”

Drabinski served as Chair of the International Relations Committee (2020-21), ALA General Counsel (2018-20), and Chair of the Frameworks and Information Standards Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ) (2019-20).

She is an active member of ACRL and Core (Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures). She is Co-Chair of the ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee (2020-21) and is Journal Editor for Academic and Research Libraries. She is also a member of several round tables: the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT), the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), the on Sustainability (SustainRT) and the Roundtable on Ethnic Issues. and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT).

Drabinski is a member of several ALA affiliates: the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-peaking, the American Indian Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and the Chinese American Librarians Association.

Drabinski holds an MLIS from Syracuse University, a BA in political science from Columbia University, and an MA in composition and rhetoric from Long Island University, Brooklyn.

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