Executive Director Tracie D. Hall Resigned from the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) announced that Tracie D. Hall resigned from her role as executive director following nearly four transformative years at the Association. Her last day was Friday, October 6.

In addition to programmatic expansion, Hall, who assumed her leadership role two weeks before the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, worked to successfully grow ALA’s membership and rebuild its financial health. Under her leadership, ALA received the largest unrestricted grants in its history and allocated more than $10 million to school, public, and academic libraries, including a number of minority-serving institutions.

“Tracie has been a strong guiding force for ALA and a tireless champion for libraries, library workers, and the communities they serve,” said ALA President Emily Drabinski. “A passionate steward of our profession, she has demonstrated unparalleled leadership and an unwavering commitment to ALA’s mission, especially at a time when there has been unprecedented attention around our work. As she now moves onward, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Tracie for her outstanding service and indelible contributions to ALA and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”

ALA will name an interim executive director in the coming weeks as it prepares to begin a robust, nationwide search for a successor who will continue to uphold the Association’s core values, advance its longstanding mission, and provide strong leadership. Read the full press release.