Suburban Official to Lead American Library Association

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Byline: Shamus Toomey Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Northwest suburbs will have a strong voice on library issues on the national level with the election Wednesday of a suburban library official to president of the American Library Association.

Sarah Long, longtime director of the Wheeling-based North Suburban Library System, will serve a one-year term beginning next year as head of the Chicago-based association, which represents more than 57,000 librarians and library supporters nationwide.

Long, 54, of Deerfield, edged out Martin Gomez, executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library, in a mail-in election by ALA members.

"I'm kind of in a daze," said Long, who campaigned for the post by speaking to several library associations since her nomination in January.

The not-for-profit ALA was founded in 1876 and is the largest library organization in the world. Its mission is to promote libraries and public access to information, and establish policies that can be implemented by its members. …