President | The American Library Association Archives
Historical Note: The role of the ALA President is to be the Association's chief spokesperson and to work closely with the Executive Director in identifying and promoting library issues nationwide and internationally. The ALA President is recognized as the Association's leader by its members. He/she also is vital to the governance of the Association and serves as presiding officer at Executive Board and Council Meetings. The first ALA President was Justin Winsor from 1876 to 1885.
Sources: 1. President Job Description, http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection