April M. Hathcock
Past ALA Councilor-at-large; ALA Spectrum Scholar; LJ Mover and Shaker
I don’t even remember when I first met Emily. It feels like we have always been friends in this field, growing and learning and striving together. I so value Emily’s work in intentionally bringing a class, labor, and queer consciousness to her efforts as an anti-racist ally. Emily has big ideas but never professes to have all the answers. Instead she constantly looks to learn and move in community. She has a deep understanding of the power of collectivity to push for change and make space for those who have been intentionally marginalized. I’m proud to call Emily my friend and prouder still to endorse her candidacy for ALA president. I’ve been jaded and pretty done with ALA for a while, but when Emily told me she’d be running, I actually felt hope for our professional organization again. With Emily at the helm, there will be no room for clinging to the oppressive status quo. And I can’t wait!
Denver Public Library Workers United
Denver Public Library Workers United proudly endorses Emily Drabinski for ALA President. As part of CWA–Local 7799’s Public Workers for the Public Good, we see Emily’s commitment to grassroots organizing as the way to confront the power structures that prevent libraries from fully delivering democracy in our communities and in our workplaces. Emily’s platform demonstrates that our only hope for upholding library values in increasingly hostile climates (both the political and the planetary) is to lift up all library workers so that we may all stand together.
Past President, ACRL
We’re very lucky to have Emily stand for President, at a time when libraries and ALA need the strength, experience, and vision that she can provide.
Founding Director, punctum books
Emily is, put simply, a visionary. I am a library-affiliated open-access publisher and I have been following Emily’s trajectory as a librarian for a while now. She understands the importance of collective, community-led, open infrastructures for libraries, and by extension, for the acquisition, curation, dissemination, aggregation, and preservation of what should be public domain knowledge. As an open-access publisher who works collectively with other OA presses and press collectives (such as ScholarLed), and with librarians, and who have been a leader in the COPIM project (Community-led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs), we share and admire Emily’s vision for collective, communitarian librarianship that pushes back against the increasing (and horribly expensive) proprietary privatisation of knowledge which claws away at libraries’ abilities to curate a large and diverse array of books, journals, and other educational resources, which also undermines the public good. As a press, punctum’s mission and values aligns with pretty much everything Emily has said she cares about: social justice, economic inequality, and international collaborations. We can’t endorse her strongly enough.
Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman
ALA Past President
Emily is a leader who empowers workers and who is dedicated to elevating the status of libraries as a social and public good for all.
Children’s book author, former member of AASL and the GLBT-RT
If I was still a librarian, Emily would have my vote because I am aligned with her vision of what librarianship can and should look like at this moment in history. Now that I’m an author of often-banned children’s books, I wish I could vote for Emily because I need ALA to stand firm against a firestorm of book bannings and censorship, and believe that she will work in solidarity with me and my fellow authors.
President, American Federation of Teachers
In the face of increasing challenges to school library books and teachers’ curricula, we need a strong American Library Association defending free inquiry in our shared pursuit of the public good. Emily Drabinski knows how to organize and mobilize on behalf of library workers and our communities. As a member of the American Federation of Teachers, she was a leader in the fight against the first lockout of college faculty in the history of American higher education. That’s the kind of experience we need in leadership positions in all kinds of institutions right now. Emily will provide the tools library workers need to strengthen the entire library ecosystem—including school librarians who serve the multiple constituencies of administrators, parents, and students.
ALA Past President; Dean of Library Services, Austin Community College
I am very pleased to endorse Emily for ALA President! I have known her for some time and have found her to be knowledgeable about all types and sizes of libraries, all levels of positions in libraries, an excellent leader and someone who tackles not only the big projects but the big issues. She has had great success in both frontline library work and as a library director. Emily has also had incredible success in the infrastructure of her organization by managing conflict and communicating for the benefit of employees. She is also able to communicate her beliefs and the beliefs of the profession, but in the calmest – yet most enthusiastic way possible! Finally, having been “there,” I can honestly say what successful presidents need—more than anything—is the broadest knowledge of their profession, a sense of the value and relevance of libraries and librarians, knowledge of and commitment to the communities in which we exist and the ability to answer not only the general, easy questions, but the tough questions facing us today and in the future. She has it all and will be a great ALA President.
New York Library Association
On Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 the NYLA Council approved a motion to endorse, NYLA member, Emily Drabinski’s candidacy for ALA President.
“Emily Drabinski’s candidacy for president of the American Library Association is one that I enthusiastically endorse. I clearly remember my first ALA Council meeting at MidWinter in January 2020. After hearing Emily ask important questions, I looked her up and was delighted to find that she is a New Yorker! She is just what is needed to lead our national association forward.”
Cassie Guthrie, NYLA-ALA Chapter Councilor
ALA Past President, Past Treasurer, and Honorary Member
ALA is at a critical juncture. Emily is the committed leader we need to refine ALA’s focus and leverage our principles and purposes into concerted action.
Past ALA President (2005-2006)
I support Emily Drabinski for ALA president with enthusiasm and no reservations. She will be an excellent progressive and articulate voice for libraries, librarians, and other library workers and for the values that inform them. We need that voice and that leadership now more than ever. Let us rally round and elect Emily Drabinski!!
Candidate for SAA Vice President/President-Elect
I’m with Emily! At this very challenging moment for librarians and libraries, we need a leader like Emily who understands the power of collective action. Emily has inspired and shaped my own thinking, teaching, and practice for years. As a dynamic organizer, she values our labor. As an intellectual leader, she has advanced critical librarianship in profound ways.
Director, Cranston Public Library; Past ALA Executive Board, ALA Councilor-at-Large, ALA Emerging Leader (2010), Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2010)
I first met Emily at the start of her term on ALA Council. I was deeply impressed by how she took a stand on issues she believed in, even when it was difficult or not popular to do so. Emily’s willingness to speak truth to power and her experience in collective organizing is an asset ALA needs. She can help build a stronger ALA that works on a true grassroots level to help protect the rights of library workers. Her selfless dedication to the public good is why I’m endorsing Emily for ALA President.
PhD, MLS, Author of Algorithms of Oppression
Librarians have been at the forefront of protecting the public good, and Emily Drabinski departs from the status quo while upholding the best traditions of our field. We need an ALA President with the courage and experience to organize us as the threats to labor, democracy, and civil rights intensify. This is without a doubt the right person for the times.
Reference and Instruction Librarian, California State University San Marcos
Emily and I first met at a feminist unconference in Milwaukee, when I was in my first semester of library school. We connected over concerns about conflict metals, labor, and the environment, and she made sure to stay in touch and have lunch when I came through her city. In many ways this is a capsule of who she is as a person: someone who takes the time to listen to others regardless of seniority, who creates and values relationships, and who believes in putting intentions into practice. This integrity as both a thinker and a doer is why I support Emily’s candidacy for ALA president.
Kevin Adams, Information Literacy Librarian, Alfred University, NY; ACRL IS Section, Teaching Methods Committee
Kate Adler (Liam), Director of Library Services; ALA, LHRT
Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University, Ontario, CA
Emily knows libraries from the ground up, and she is committed to every one of her platform points. She is deeply invested in the profession, its workers, and its place in society, and it shows in her daily work, research, and leadership. Emily has all the skills and determination to see her vision for transformation through. I believe strongly that a better ALA is possible with Emily Drabinski as president.
Nicky Agate, AUL for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, Philadelphia, PA; CORE, ACRL, Co-PI, HuMetricsHSS; Editorial Board, JLSC
Emily’s focus on knowledge and access as international public goods and her commitment to an ALA that not only supports but adamantly works towards economic, racial, and climate justice make her not only the obvious candidate for ALA President, but the candidate we all need.
Tanya Agathocleous, Professor, Hunter College, CUNY
Because of her platform and excellent work as librarian at the Mina Rees library at CUNY
Martin Alvarado, Librarian, Madison Public Library, AFSCME Local 6000 Steward
Manuela Aronofsky, Librarian, Berkeley Carroll School, NY; ALSC, Prison Library Support Network coordinator, AISL and HVLA member
Abigail Ballard, North Carolina; NCLA
Erin Berman, Division Director, CA; Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee
Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Now more than ever, the opportunity and obligation to build a better world for ourselves and for future generations depends on strong public infrastructure and institutions. Emily Drabinski has a clear vision for the role of libraries as vital public goods, critical to our collective ability to tackle the challenges of climate change, crippling inequalities, and the lack of equitable access to the information needed to solve real problems and to live the informed lives we all deserve. Emily’s values, commitment, integrity, and range of experiences in libraries make her the ideal candidate for ALA President at this crucial moment. Her priorities are my priorities, and she has my support and my vote.
Janise Buck, Library Supervisor, CA; PLA, RRT, Over the Rainbow Committee, ACRL, & EMIERT
Scott Businsky, Adult Services Public Librarian, New Castle, DE; ALA, YALSA; 2021 Odyssey selection committee
The focus on collective action, organizing, and creating a just and equitable workplace for all taps into the current struggles seen outside of our field. This is the moment to create transformational change for the library worker and the communities we serve.
Scout Calvert, Research Data Librarian, University Nebraska Lincoln
I have admired Emily’s work for a long time. She’d grounded in library practice and critical, caring, and socially engaged approaches to what we do and how we think about it. She cultivates leadership within library workers, making a leaderful profession for all of us, not just MLIS holders. I also had the privilege of observing her daily over many months literally herd cats and children with cats and can vouch for her ability to handle surprises, bad news, and outbursts without missing a beat. What a great opportunity for all of us working in libraries to see what can happen and what futures we can create with Emily leading the American Library Association.
Jim Carmichael, retired LIS professor; LHRT Chair, COSWL member
Michelle Caswell, Associate Professor, Information Studies, UCLA
Emily deeply understands how power works and how we can collectively organize to leverage our power to transform working conditions, services to our patrons, and the role of libraries in society writ large. Her track record as a thought leader, organizer, and activist has already shaped our understanding of labor, the organization of information, and the contribution of libraries to social justice. Under her leadership, ALA can be an important advocate for reinvestment in public resources, racial equity, and environmental justice for libraries. Emily is not only a brilliant thinker, but a brilliant doer as well.
Jessica Chapel, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects, Harvard Law School Library; ALA, ACRL member
Mariah Cherem, Adult Program Coordinator, Skokie, IL.
I value Emily’s on-the ground experience as both a librarian and an organizer. At this point in its institutional life, ALA needs leadership that can speak to the needs of workers as a critical part of what makes our valuable organizations actually serve and work in coordination with their respective publics. Emily understands libraries from both an administrative and worker perspective; putting ideals and theory into action in big and small ways.
Rachel Ivy Clarke, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; ALA member
Emily is a courageous thought leader in librarianship who has the insight, commitment, and experience to guide the future of our field. I have admired her many accomplishments over the last decade and believe she can be the leader the library community needs right now.
John A. Clexton, Member of ALA Policy Monitoring Committee and Resolution Committee, PLA, ACRL, ARSL Governance Committee
Emily is a dynamic leader and speaks directly to all library workers. Her goals and her campaign is what is needed for the future of American libraries.
Dani Brecher Cook, Associate University Librarian, Learning and User Experience at UC San Diego Library; ALA member, New Members Roundtable
Rhett Cook, Donor to ALA, Utah
Emily’s vision brings community back.
Cathy Cormier, Public Librarian/Program Manager, San Francisco; ALA, YALSA, SRRT, YOUmedia Network, YOUmedia Community of Practice
Emily’s platform is built on equitably supporting staff at every level, including staff social-emotional needs. It’s clear that Emily is committed to rebuilding America’s public libraries so that all library workers are supported in their work, have room to grow and thrive, and have the skills to meet community needs.
Holly C. M. Courier, Library Assistant, Massachusetts
Claire Davies, Branch Manager, Nevada; previously ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee
Trevor A. Dawes, Librarian, Educator, and Consultant, Delaware; past president of ACRL (2013-2014)
Beth DeBold, Assistant Curator, Washington, DC; ACRL, RBMS member
Emily has always been a leader in libraries. She has been welcoming and open to helping anyone, regardless of whether they were a student or a well-known leader. I will always be thankful to her for her kindness, guidance, and investment in building community. Beyond this, her platform shows that she is the kind of leader we need to build ALA into a supportive organization. I hope you’ll join me in supporting her!
Kelly Delevan, Information Literacy Librarian, Syracuse University
Emily is the right choice for ALA President because we need someone who has experience in organizing and fighting for social justice in positions of leadership.
Diane Dias De Fazio, Acquisitions and Collections Development Librarian, Ingalls Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; RBMS Member-at-Large, 2020–2023; REFORMA; ACRL/Arts; ACRL/ULS; ACRL/WGSS; ARLIS/NA
Emily was my professor in library school, and in addition to excellent reference services, she taught me the value of being your authentic self. We stayed in touch, and she was generous enough to serve as a reference for me, despite the fact that she and her colleagues had been locked out by their employer. That’s a true ally!
Emily has been through a lot personally, and as a worker and supervisor she brings all of that—and empathy—to the table, and I know she will lead ALA with that same kind of equity.
In the past, ALA’s Presidents have seemed disconnected to RBMS, and it is *very* disheartening to hear yet another candidate say, “oh, rare books are great,” before returning to corporate speak and changing the subject. —Emily Drabinski is NOT that kind of candidate, and she will NOT be the stereotypical ALA President that so many in our corner of the profession are quick to dismiss. I’m thrilled that Emily wants to represent and lead ALA, and think we’ll all be better with her as our next President!
Elizabeth Edwards, Assessment Librarian, Chicago, Illinois past Secretary/Treasurer, LRRT
Sharon E. Farb, Associate University Librarian + Chief Policy Strategist, Los Angeles, California
Jenna Freedman, Curator, Barnard Zine Library; ALA member, former ALA Council member
Emily is a big picture visionary—as you can see from her bold and searing platform—as well as a detail person, with a strange but charming passion for the nitty gritty. Her accomplishments are varied, from queering the landscape of library publishing and scholarship to facilitating a pandemic mutual aid project to bravely leading her union when they were locked out of their university at real risk to her then and future employment.
Elisa Gall, Librarian, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Emily Drabinski’s proactive and attentive approach to relationship building and organizing is inspiring. It motivates action desperately needed when values like equity and justice for which libraries should stand are under constant threat. As a youth services librarian and as a school librarian, I’m voting for Emily for ALA President because she will do everything she can to build coalitions and take the necessary steps to fight for—and with—library workers and their communities.
Kenny Garcia, Past President, REFORMA; Past chair, ACRL Diversity Committee; Past coordinator, SRRT Action Council
Emily is the leader/organizer we need right now for the profession and the association. She has proven time after time her steadfast commitment to speak truth to power and has consistently placed the needs of library workers front and center, especially during the pandemic. Her five-point platform of Equity as action, A Green New Deal for libraries, International connections, Public infrastructure for public goods, and Collective organizing for collective power is the vision for the association we need to push the profession towards a more equitable, just, and collective space for everyone.
Chris George, Circulation Assistant, BCPL United
Aliqae Geraci, Director, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs, Wayne State University; ALA member
Eric Gomez, Community Library Manager, Broward County Library; Member, ALA Chapter Relations Committee; Member, ALSC Nominating and Leadership Development committee; Member, ALSC Research Agenda Task Force committee; Member, REFORMA de Florida
Elaine Harger, retired school librarian and author of Which Side Are You On? Seven Social Responsibility Debates in American Librarianship, 1990–2015; ALA and SRRT member
The times we live in demand leaders who are organizers, who value every member of the community and who know that each person has something special to add to collective efforts. Emily Drabinski is this kind of person. She will bring to ALA the experience, knowledge, dedication and energy that librarianship needs as we grapple with climate crisis, social stress, and anti-democracy movements.
Ellen Hemmerly, retired administrator, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Holly Hendrigan, Librarian, British Columbia; ACRL member
Clara Hendricks, Cambridge, MA; ALSC member
Kristi Gail Hendricks, MLIS student, Oklahoma
I believe in unions and promoting libraries but also advocating for librarians’ rights.
Mike Heywood, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Maryland/DC
Libraries are one of the few institutions we have that are organized on the basis of “from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.” That ought to be defended and expanded.
Shana Higgins, Library director, California; ACRL member
I believe in Emily’s ability to organize, to connect, to build relationships toward achieving goals around issues that matter to me: libraries as public goods, equity in labor practices, and generally foregrounding the “social responsibility” of the “core values of librarianship.” I want the future for our organization that Emily will fight for and help us make possible.
Chris Hodge, Library Systems Specialist, Sr., Marshall University, West Virginia
As a library staff member with ten years’ experience working at Marshall University, I have seen firsthand how the continual disinvestment of higher education in West Virginia has impacted our profession and our future. We need someone like Emily Drabinski to advance our common mission in making an equitable and just society for all.
Alex R. Hodges, Director, Monroe C. Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; ACRL-EBSS, Former Chair of ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee
Emily has been the most fair, inspirational, and thoughtful librarian leader of my generation. Most of us can only aspire to be a sliver of a voice or an activist as impactful as Emily. She deserves our vote because we need her model to influence the generations ahead to join a more radical, inclusive, and socially just ALA. In solidarity for Emily Drabinski for ALA President!
Heidi L. M. Jacobs, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Windsor, ON
Christine Jacobson, Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University; ACRL, RBMS
Library workers desperately need opportunities to work collectively toward improved working conditions, against censorship in our libraries, and on creating better narratives about the role library’s play in their communities. I believe Emily’s background in labor organizing uniquely positions her to lead these collective efforts and implement the needed infrastructure for plugging ALA members into this vital work.
Julene Jones, Kentucky
Rachel King, Online Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian, New Jersey
Emily is an experienced labor organizer who is willing to tackle the problem of austerity in libraries with commitment and focus. She knows the importance of collective action, and understands that we need to work together to make change. I know that she has deep empathy and listens to all points of view with respect. She is an inspiring leader, and I am excited by the prospect of having her at the helm of our largest professional organization.
Kathryn La Barre, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois; RRT, SRRT, LHRT
Gregory Laynor, Health Sciences Librarian, Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
Rory Litwin, President, Library Juice Press; SRRT and ALA Council member
Shannon Mattern, Professor, New School; Metropolitan New York Library Council member
As a non-librarian who has, for two decades, researched, written about, taught about, and collaborated with libraries, I can attest that Emily Drabinski’s professional practice, scholarship, advocacy, and humanity have reached far beyond the worlds of our cultural heritage and knowledge institutions. She is an exemplar of principled practice, engaged scholarship, and ethical labor organization, and an ideal ambassador of the progressive values that should define this 21st-century institution.
Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida; ALA Member, REFORMA Life Member
Emily Drabinski has put library workers at the center of her practice of librarianship. Her commitment to establish fair and safe environments from which library workers provide services to communities shines out in her many publications, presentations and committee service. I commend to all her speech, “Librarians and the Labor of the Everyday” which reflects her philosophy of inclusion and collaboration in library work.
Meghan McGowan, public librarian, Michigan
Beth McNeil, Dean, Purdue University Libraries; ACRL member
Justin Miller, Teen Services Librarian, Vice President of AFSCME Local 1215 Chicago Public Library
Library workers across the US have largely been treated poorly by their administration in the COVID pandemic, and forced to work in unsafe conditions. We need to fight back for the safety of ourselves and our communities; an ALA dedicated to organizing, as Emily Drabinski proposes, would be a powerful shift in the right direction.
Jenn Montooth, digital media specialist, Washington, DC
Lauren Moore, New York State Librarian
Emily has a proven track record of organizing people, building communities, and putting ideas into action. As ALA President, she will help us build a movement to protect the public good. Her candidacy makes me excited and hopeful about being an ALA member. I can’t wait to be a part of this movement.
Melissa Morrone, librarian, Brooklyn, NY
Lori Mullooly, Assistant Librarian for Access Services, Dominican College
Maggie Murphy, Visual Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; ACRL member, Past convener of the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group, ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force member
Before I became a librarian myself, Emily was my librarian as an undergraduate student! Her scholarship, activism, and labor organizing has defined what a librarian could be for me for as long as I can remember. I cannot think of a better person to be at the helm of the ALA ship.
Timothy Murphy, Software Developer, Pennsylvania
Most of my being is what it is today because of freely available information, created by individuals for the individuals that make up society. From hosting lessons at my local public library growing up, all of the positive experiences with librarians throughout my public education, and ability to access whatever knowledge I desired shaped me. While libraries across the country and world need change to better serve the taxpayers who value the services they provide, I think the only way of doing that is through human engagement. Emily Drabinski’s values most closely coincide with my own and new leadership is the only way to make fundamental change.
Ana Noriega, Librarian and Collections Department Manager, Colby College, ME; ALA, ACRL, REFORMA
Lucia Orlando, Social Sciences Librarian, ACRL, GODORT
Emily is the smart courageous leader we need at this critical juncture. She’s demonstrated she can bring people together to solve problems, which is exactly what we need now.
John Overholt, Curator, Houghton Library, Harvard University; ACRL member, Past Chair ACRL-RBMS
Librarianship is a profession in crisis and under threat. Librarians badly need a strong institutional voice to support them in the fight for inclusion, justice, and the right to read and learn. ALA can only be that voice with bold leaders who aren’t afraid to fight hard for these principles. I’ve seen Emily Drabinski’s track record of both visionary ideas and hard-won practical results, and I can’t think of anyone whose hands I’d rather put the future of the profession in at this crucial moment.
Leah Richardson, Special Collections Librarian, George Washington University, Washington DC; ACRL/RBMS member
Emily is the candidate for special collections, rare books, and archives library workers because she is the candidate for ALL library workers. Emily has the skills to unite the ALA membership across divisions, sections, and sectors to fight for the issues that matter most.
Sarah Roberts, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Information Studies, UCLA
Emily Drabinski is a librarian. She is a practitioner, a worker, a scholar, an advocate, a labor leader, a teacher, an organizer, a believer in the transformational power of libraries. Crucially, Emily also keenly understands the need to _transform them_ to better meet their obligation to the public and to the collective good. Emily is ready to bring a progressive vision to ALA that will move it boldly forward toward a future in which we can all believe, and that offers a place at the table to all. I cannot strongly enough endorse Emily Drabinski for ALA President. I hope you’ll join me in support. Let’s go, Emily!
Mark C. Rosenzweig, Pennsylvania; Progressive Librarians Guild
Briar Sauro, Brooklyn, NY
Jane Schmidt, Liaison Librarian, Ontario
I endorse Emily for ALA President because she brings humanity to a profession/workspace that can all too frequently be inhumane in the way it carries out its work. She is passionate about mutual aid, naming and fighting injustice when she sees it, and organizing people who want to commit to making real change. When Emily says she will do something, my goodness, she will give it her all and get it done. We need people like Emily in our leadership ranks more than ever.
Karl Schwartz, Branch Manager, Newark, NJ
The president of ALA must not only be a manager, but the lead organizer for the workers who make up the library profession. Emily presents a unique opportunity to vote for a labor militant to lead the largest organization of professional librarians in the U.S.
William Shakalis, Associate Librarian, Emeritus, Worcester State University; ACRL, ACTLS
We need rank and file-based leadership
S. Sivkoff, MLIS Student, Pratt Institute, New York
Emily brings in valuable work experience, she understands where exactly change needs to happen. She is dedicated to vastly improving the profession and incorporates social justice in the core of her platform.
Lisa Sloniowski, Associate Librarian, York University Libraries; ACRL member
Maura Smale, Chief Librarian, NYC College of Technology, City University of New York
Dolsy Smith, Librarian and software developer, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Emily has the vision and the organizing skill we need to build solidarity across the field of library labor and position us, collectively, to confront the multiple assaults on libraries, educational institutions, and public life that threaten only to intensify in the coming years.
Brett E. Sullivan, Librarian’s Assistant, SUNY Erie, NY
Shannon K. Supple, Curator, Massachusetts; ACRL member, past chair of RBMS
Emily Drabinski lives, works, and collectively cultivates the values I want in a professional organization. She understands how groups of people can work together to build collective power. Emily shows up and does the work. Another world is possible for library workers and Emily brings people together to help us envision and act toward that world.
Jennifer Vinopal, Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs, Columbus, Ohio; ACRL member
Scott Walter, Dean, San Diego State University Library, ALA Life Member
The past two years have shown us both the essential role that libraries and other public institutions play in our lives and the increasing need for organized action to protect them and to ensure that future generations have access to them. Both candidates for the office of President of the American Library Association are accomplished librarians and good people, but Emily Drabinski brings an unparalleled background in librarianship, scholarship, advocacy, and the organization of collective action around issues of the public good that is essential to the Association and what its members and their communities need from the Association today. In a world where all evidence suggests that we need leadership that highlights the value of library workers, the need to protect intellectual freedom from the greatest set of challenges in a generation, and the work that ALA members (and non-members) can do, in collaboration with members of their communities, to protect and enhance the public good, there is no better choice for your vote than Emily Drabinski.
Kellee Warren, Assistant Professor and Special Collections Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago; ACRL-RBMS Instruction and Outreach Committee member
I strongly endorse Emily Drabinski for our next ALA President because of her well-documented record of commitment to the library profession.
Sarah Werner, Author Studying Early Printed Books 1450-1800: A Practical Guide; ACRL and RBMS member
Libraries are a public good that we need not to merely protect but to strengthen through community building and action. Emily knows libraries from the inside out and she knows organizing and community building from the inside out. She is exactly who we need to be leading us into an equitable future!
Jessamyn West, Librarian, VT
Drabinski’s five-point platform is exactly the road map ALA needs to help libraries navigate these weird times and work together to be not just relevant but actively revolutionary in this decade’s world and beyond. She is the president ALA needs.
Hannah Wheelan, archivist and MLIS student, Los Angeles, CA
Erika Whinihan, MLIS Student, University of Washington; SLA member
Lori Wienke, Acquisitions and E-Resources Librarian at SUNY Oneonta
Kate Williams, Associate Professor, University of Illinois School of Information Sciences
Baharak Yousefi, librarian, Simon Fraser University
Imagine loving libraries and library workers so much that you step up to stand for collective power and for public good while necrocapitalism, corporatization, white supremacy, and climate change threaten our very existence. Imagine believing in humanity and in all of us so completely. Emily Drabinski’s boundless capacity for hope and hard work is astounding! She is my pick for ALA President!