WASHINGTON (April 17, 2019) – Howard alumnus Julius C. Jefferson Jr.,section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA). Jefferson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Howard University and a master’s of library science from University of Maryland, is scheduled to take office at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago after one year of service as president-elect.
The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, founded in 1876, with the mission of providing “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.
Jefferson is one of a small number of African-Americans to serve as ALA President within the association’s 140-year history.
Upon learning the outcome of the election, Jefferson remarked, “It is an immense honor to be elected 2020-2021 president of the American Library Association. I look forward to building our brand, focusing on the value of library workers, and advocating for the essential work being done to support our libraries. Together we will collaborate to strengthen our core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion; advocacy; leadership and professional development; and information policy, and address the internal and external challenges.”
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