Executive Council

"The Executive Council of the Alabama Library Association, Inc. is entrusted with conducting the business of the Association and is charged with keeping the membership informed of its official acts through The Alabama Librarian or other means. (Article IV, 1)" -- Alabama Library Association Handbook, Chapter 5, p.9. Information about the duties of the officers is available in Chapter 6, p.13.


Members can keep current with the Executive Council by reviewing the approved minutes from the Executive Council meetings. In addition, members can view the Association's calendar to find important dates, including the dates, times, and locations of all Executive Council meetings.


Finally, all members can contact the Association Office for any assistance.


Current members of the Executive Council are the Officers, Division Chairpersons, Ex-Officio Members, Alabama Librarian Editors, Scholarship Fund, Inc. Board President, Round Table Moderators, and Committee Chairs.

Council members are added to the ALLA Executive Council Google Group.

  • Divisions include: CSLD, CUS, and PLD
  • Roundtables include: ALIRT, CDMRT, GODORT, MCRT, PART, RASRT, TSSRT, and YASRT
  • Committees are: Association Awards, Author Awards, Bibliographic, Budget & Finance, Bylaws, Convention, Education, Emeritus Council, Employee Evaluation, Handbook, Intellectual Freedom, Legislative Development, Membership, Nominating, Planning, Public Relations, and Publications

Voting members are limited to officers and division chairpersons.


  • President: Carrie Steinmehl, Hoover Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216, (205) 444-7748, [email protected]
  • President-Elect: Jessica Hayes, Auburn University at Montgomery, PO Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, (334) 244-3814, [email protected]
  • Past President: Sonya Jordan, Mountain Brook High School, 3650 Bethune Dr, Mountain Brook, AL 35223, (205) 414-3800 ext. 7619, [email protected]
  • Secretary: Paula Webb, University of South Alabama, 5901 USA Drive North, Mobile, AL 36688, (251) 461-1933 [email protected]
  • Treasurer: Karen Preuss, Montgomery City-County Public Library, PO Box 1950, Montgomery, AL 36102-1950, (334) 240-4300, [email protected] [2-Year Term: term begins 7/2018 and ends 6/2020]
  • Member-at-Large: Central Alabama: Jeff Graveline, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, SL 172, 1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294-0014, (205) 934-6364, [email protected] [2-Year Term: term ends 4/2020]
  • Member-at-Large: North Alabama: Laura Pitts, Scottsboro Public Library, 1002 South Broad Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768, (256) 574-4335, [email protected] [2-Year Term: term ends 4/2019]
  • Member-at-Large: South Alabama: Wendy Congairdo, Thomas B. Norton Public Library, 221 W 19th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, (251) 968-1176 [email protected] [2-Year Term: term ends 4/2020]

Division Chairpersons

  • Children's & School: Laura Tucker, Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209, (205) 332-6600, [email protected]
  • College, University & Special: Kim Westbrooks, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 782-5244, [email protected]
  • Public Library: Gloria Repolesk, Emmet O'Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213, (205) 879-0459, [email protected]

Ex-Officio Members

  • Association Administrator: Angela Moore, Alabama Library Association, 6030 Monticello Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117,(334) 414-0113, [email protected]
  • Web Administrator: Jodi W. Poe, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 782-8103, [email protected]
  • ALA Councillor: Paula Laurita, Athens-Limestone Public Library, 603 S Jefferson St, Athens, AL 35611, (256) 232-1233, [email protected] [3-Year Term: term ends 4/2021]
  • SELA Representative: Margie Calhoun, Mobile Public Library, 701 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36609, 251-208-7860, [email protected] [4-Year Term: term ends 4/2020]

Other Positions

  • ALLA COMMunicator Editor: Taylor Kirby, Levi Watkins Learning Center, Alabama State University, 915 South Jackson St, Montgomery, AL 36101, (330) 565-0099, [email protected]
  • Archivist: Donnelly Walton, W.S. Hoole Special Collection Library, University of Alabama, PO Box 870266, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266, (205) 393-3245, [email protected]
  • President, Scholarship Fund, Inc.: Heather Cover, Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209, (205) 332-6600, [email protected]