Sarah Long Wins ALA Presidency

Sarah Long Wins ALA Presidency

Sarah Long, director of the North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois, won 57% (5,712) of the votes cast for Association president by ALA members. She will serve as 1999-2000 president-elect and will succeed Ann Symons as president in July 1999, at the close of ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“I am very honored to have the opportunity to take the American Library Association into the new millennium,” Long said. “Libraries are an integral part of today’s global information society and I consider it one of my greatest challenges to make the world aware of this. I want to thank everyone who helped make this possible.”

Long defeated Martín Gomez, executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library, who garnered 43% (4,375) of the 10,087 votes cast for president.

Posted May 4, 1998.