Election Candidate: Marcellus Turner

Marcellus Turner  Marcellus Turner

   Foundation at Large

Current Position:

City Librarian, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

Previous Positions:

Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Library, 2008 – 2011
Deputy Director, Jefferson County Public Library, 2002-2008
Assistant Director, Rockford Public Library, 2000-2002

Degrees and Certificates:

University of Tennessee, MSLS, Library Science, 1988
Mississippi University for Women, BS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1986

Offices held in the ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations (include DATES):

PLA National Conference, Chair, Conference Planning Committee 2015 - 2016
PLA Continuing Education Advisory Group, September 2009 - 2013
ALA Nominations Committee, November 2010 - October 2011
PLA Library Services Cluster, 2005
PLA Executive Board of Directors, 2005    
University of Tennessee Board of Visitors, Member, 2014-2016
University of Washington MLIS Advisory Board, Member, 2012-Present
Second National Conference of Librarians of Color, Recording Secretary, 2012
First National Conference of Librarians of Color, Recording Secretary, 2006
Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Membership Chair, 1991-1995

Honors and Awards (library and non-library, including DATES):  

University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences, Alumnus of the Year, 2014

Major Accomplishments:

Formed a network of public library trustees from 6 library systems in the greater Seattle metro area to network, collaborate and discuss key issues facing libraries. Expanded The Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Program to engage all 4th and 5th graders in the Seattle Public Schools by 2017. Instituted an annual meeting of the boards of Trustees, Friends and Foundation of The Seattle Public Library to enhance communication and further strategic priorities. Instituted a biannual meeting of the financial officers of the Trustees, Friends and Foundation of The Seattle Public Library to enhance understanding of the annual budgeting process and assessment of need and support to leverage revenue and funding. Passed a 7-year, $123 million operations and maintenance levy in 2011


Contributor: "Library 2020: Today's Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow's Library," Scarecrow Press, 2013

Statement of Professional Concerns:

One thing I have learned from my experiences and tenure in libraries is that success lives only where teamwork and partnerships thrive.

The partnership that makes The Seattle Public Library such a dynamic force is the strong, collegial partnership between our Trustees, Friends and Foundation and the constituencies, members and donors they represent.  Together, we work to build an innovative and responsive program of service to meet the changing needs and uses of our community.

We exemplify stewardship in our practices and operations, ensuring engagement and equity across all ages and demographics.  We embrace opportunities to learn from and support each other in our work and that is why I am excited to be considered for service to the board of United for Libraries.  I hope to share my passion and experience while collaborating and learning best practices and ideas from others to benefit the profession and United for Libraries.

Member of ALA since: