Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library in Bloomington, has withdrawn her candidacy for the 2017–2018 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA). A family health matter requiring Laughlin’s full attention prompted her to leave the race.
“I will forever count the nomination as the high point of my career,” Laughlin said in an October 16 statement. “I was looking forward to meeting many librarians and supporters and learning more about ALA during the next few months, and potentially becoming spokesperson and cheerleader-in-chief for the implementation of ALA’s exciting new strategic plan. With three strong candidates remaining and deeply committed members and staff, I feel confident that ALA will be in very good hands.”
Laughlin’s withdrawal leaves three candidates for the ALA presidency: Christine Lind Hage, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and James G. “Jim” Neal.
Ballot emailing for the 2016 ALA election will begin on March 15, 2016, and will run through April 22, 2016. Individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2016 in order to vote.