Susan Brown

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Chapel Hill Public Library

Susan Brown took her first library job to earn beer money while in college, never thinking it would turn into a career.  After several years in academic and government libraries, she found her home at a public library. She has worked at libraries in Virginia, North Carolina, and Kansas, where she spearheaded the Banned Books Trading Card Project, which won a John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association. In 2013, she returned to the “Southern Part of Heaven” to become the Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Susan holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she now teaches in the School of Information and Library Science.  She writes about marketing, management, leadership, and libraries at

This Speaker's Sessions

Public Libraries as Partners in the Open Data Movement: Behind the Scenes at Chapel Hill Public Library's Open Data Project

Public libraries are natural partners for local governments looking to facilitate access to information and promote transparency. Chapel Hill Open Data, managed by CHPL, launched in 2016 and continues to grow. This lively panel includes Chapel Hill’s Town Manager, Library Director, and the Project Manager. They will offer both high level perspectives on why libraries are well-suited for open data as well as practical guidance for libraries and localities considering this service.