For immediate release | October 16, 2015

Laughlin withdraws candidacy for 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has withdrawn her candidacy for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA), citing a family health matter requiring her full attention.

“I will forever count the nomination as the high point of my career,” said Laughlin. “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.”

Remaining presidential candidates are Christine Lind Hage, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and James (Jim) Neal.

Ballot mailing 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 Jan. 31, 2016 in order to vote in the ALA election.


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance