Cindy Hohl, director of policy analysis and operational support at Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library, has been elected 2023–2024 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).
Hohl received 4,965 votes, while her opponent, Eric D. Suess, director of Marshall Public Library in Pocatello, Idaho, received 2,409 votes.
Upon learning the outcome of the election, Hohl provided the following statement:
“Thank you to everyone who voted, and I am truly humbled to take these next steps together with all of you. It is an honor and privilege to support library staff across the field, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as 2024–2025 ALA president. A special thank you to Eric Suess for standing for election with me.
“We have a lot of good work ahead of us in libraries, and I look forward to listening to feedback, hearing your ideas, and moving forward with that inspiration to uphold the professional ethics of our trusted profession as we highlight the high value of libraries. Wopida Tanka, many thanks to all of the ALA leaders who have worked with diligence and fortitude to represent us well. These combined achievements strengthen our Association for the better, and there has never been a better time to be a librarian!”
Hohl is past president of the American Indian Library Association and an active member of other ALA affiliates, including the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the ALA, Chinese American Librarians Association, and Reforma: the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. As a member of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA, she currently cochairs the Membership Advisory Group and was a member of the PLA Strategic Plan Review Team. Hohl is a member of several round tables, including the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Library Research Round Table, and Social Responsibilities Round Table.
Hohl holds a bachelor’s degree in organization management and leadership from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas; an MLIS from Wayne State University in Detroit; and a master’s in business administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.