About Me


Here’s the short bio I offer when asked for one:

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 spent working in academic and government libraries, she finally found her true calling behind the reference and reader’s advisory desk at a public library. In May of 2013, she returned to the “Southern Part of Heaven” to become the Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Before that, she was the Marketing Director at Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS, where she spearheaded the Banned Books Trading Card Project, which won a John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association.  Before moving to Kansas, she worked at libraries in Virginia and North Carolina, including Wake County and Orange County Public Libraries.  Susan holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   She is loves to talk about the future of public libraries, social media, reader’s advisory, and marketing and merchandising.  Susan blogs about practical marketing for public libraries at www.658point8.com.

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And if you really want to hear about me, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and read my resume and see a list of my presentations and publications.

If you want to hear what’s being said about me, here are a few recent articles:

And of course, this is my personal blog.  The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer, Lawrence Public Library, or its affiliates.

Want to get in touch?  Email me at 658point8@gmail.com

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