Magazine article American Libraries

Brown, Hepburn Seek ALA Presidency

Magazine article American Libraries

Brown, Hepburn Seek ALA Presidency

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Wanda Brown, director of library services at the C. G. O'Kelly Library, Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University, and Peter Hepburn, head librarian at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, are the candidates for the 2019-2020 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Brown has been an ALA member for 30 years and is active with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and the Library Leadership and Management Association, and has served in leadership roles for each.

Brown has held numerous positions with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); she is its current treasurer, and has previously served as president, treasurer, and executive board member. She was the 2011-2013 president of the North Carolina Library Association and has held other positions with the association, including treasurer and chair of its finance committee.

She is the 2015 recipient of the DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship, the 2013 BCALA Leadership Award, and the 2012 BCALA Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, she received the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, and in 2013, UNCG awarded Brown the School of Education Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

"It is truly an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the office of president of the American Library Association," Brown said in a September 8 statement. "I am encouraged by the work of our library professionals; how we continue to influence daily the lives of others; how we impact the communities we live in and aid in shaping all our futures. Together we have made a difference and together we can do even more. For it is now, more than ever, that we as information specialists are needed to be examples, standing up for what we know to be right."

Brown holds a bachelor's in English with a minor in psychology from Winston-Salem State University and an MLS from UNCG.

An ALA member for 17 years, Hepburn recently completed a term on the ALA Executive Board and has served on ALA Council. He has served on numerous ALA committees and task forces, including the Budget, Analysis, and Review Committee, Committee on Membership Meetings, Conference Committee, and Election Committee. …

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