For immediate release | December 29, 2020

Candidates announced for 2021 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) 2021 Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2021 Election. This year, six nominees will stand for three positions on the PLA Board of Directors: 2022-2023 president and two directors-at-large. The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from July 2021 through June 2024. The candidate elected to the office of president will serve one year as president-elect (2021-2022), one year as president (2022-2023), and one year as immediate past-president (2023–2024).

The candidates and the offices for which they are running are listed below. Please click on the name of each candidate to learn more about them.

Board Candidates


Richard Kong; Director; Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

Maria Taesil Hudson McCauley; Director of Libraries; Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library

Director-at-Large (Seat A)

Candice Wing-yee Mack; Administrator, Young Adult Services; Los Angeles (Calif.) Public Library

Lois Langer Thompson; Executive Director; Sno-Isle Libraries (Marysville, Wash.)

Director-at-Large (Seat B, Small/Rural Library)

Erica Freudenberger; Outreach, Engagement & Marketing Consultant; Southern Adirondack Library System (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)

KennethWayne Thompson; Executive Director; Charles County Public Library (La Plata, Md.)

PLA personal members should renew their PLA memberships by January 31, 2021, to be eligible to vote. Online voting will be available from Monday, March 8, through Wednesday, April 7. Each eligible PLA member will receive an email containing voting instructions and their unique ballot URL.

PLA sincerely thanks the members of its 2021 Nominating Committee for their service: Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Susan H. Hildreth, Amita Lonial, Felton Thomas, Jr., and Carrie N. Willson.

Standing for election to the board of directors is just one of several ways for members to become more closely involved with PLA. Learn how to get more involved with PLA on the PLA web site.

About the Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association