Wanda Brown, director of library services at the C.G. O'Kelly Library, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, N.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. She serves as president-elect for one year, then will become president at the close of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Brown received 6,066 votes, while Peter Hepburn, head librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif., had 4,066 votes.
"It is truly an honor to be elected as the next ALA president," Brown said. "I thank you for the opportunity to lead. I look forward to working closely with the membership in advocating for libraries, fostering diversity and inclusion and demonstrating our profession's value."
An ALA member for 30 years, Brown is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services, and the Library Leadership and Management Association. She has held multiple leadership positions within each division.
Brown has held numerous positions with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, including her current one as treasurer (2016-2018). She was the 2011-13 president of the North Carolina Library Association and has held various other positions with NCLA. Brown has been honored with the 2015 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence, the 2013 BCALA Leadership Award, and the 2012 BCALA Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, she received University of North Carolina at Greensboro Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement and, in 2013, UNCG honored Brown with the School of Education Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.