Susan Brown

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