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Press Release: American Library Association [June 14, 2024]

Raymond Pun, elected to lead ALA in 2025-26, will step away from the position

Chicago, IL -- June 14, 2024. Raymond Pun, in line for the American Library Association presidency, will not assume the role for health reasons. He was to take office as president elect after ALA Annual Conference adjourns in early July, and he would have been president in 2025-26.

Raymond Pun
Raymond Pun

The 2024-25 Executive Board will fill the vacancy within 30 days of taking office, subject to a confirmation vote by ALA's Council. The process to fill the vacant position of president elect is spelled out in the ALA bylaws.

Pun was elected 2025-26 ALA president in the spring, with results announced April 8. He is an Academic and Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California.

"We are devastated that Ray will be unable to serve as ALA's member-elected president in 2025-26," ALA President Emily Drabinski said. "The most important thing right now is that he takes care of himself and that we respect his privacy. We are grateful for his service to ALA and the entire profession."

Drabinski has convened a working group, which includes incoming and outgoing board members, to select and vet candidates for recommendation to the 2024-25 ALA Executive Board. Once a candidate is selected, the decision will go before the 2024-25 ALA Council for final approval this July.


Summary: Raymond Pun, in line for the American Library Association presidency, will not assume the role for health reasons. He was to take office as president elect after ALA Annual Conference adjourns in early July, and he would have been president in 2025-26. The 2024-25 Executive Board will fill the vacancy within 30 days of taking office, subject to a confirmation vote by ALA's Council. The process to fill the vacant position of president elect is spelled out in the ALA bylaws.
Publication Year:2024
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:June 14, 2024
Publisher:American Library Association
Company: American Library Association
Permalink: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/30209/raymond-pun-elected-to-lead-ala-in-2025-26-will-step-away-from-the-position

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