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Vandella Brown, American librarian. Named Outstanding Supporter, Memphis State Black Student Association, 1983; recipient letter of Recognition, City of Memphis Mayor, 1993.


Brown, Vandella was born on April 23, 1952 in Senatobia, Mississippi, United States. Daughter of Whitfield Senior and Lue Walter (Heffner) Brown.


Bachelor, Memphis State University, 1977. Master of Library Science, University Iowa, 1983.


Library. assistant Main Library. Memphis/Shelby County, 1977-1982. Researcher University Iowa, Iowa City, 1982-1983.

Library manager Memphis/Shelby County Public Library., 1983-1993, Columbus Metropolitan Public Library., Ohio, 1993-1998. Library director E. St. Louis Public Library., 1998-2000. Network director Illinois State Library., since 2000.

Member advisory council Illinois State Library., 1999.


Founding sponsor Martin Luther King, Junior National Memorial, 2006. President Reunion House Family Reunion, Memphis, since 1989. Regional Online Computer Library Center network director advisory executive committee, 2001—2003.

Ex-official member users executive board Illinois Online Computer Library Center, 2000—2003. Director Library. Diversity Program, since 2003. Member of American Library Association (member Black Caucus 1987, Spectrum committee since 2003, public and cultural programs committee), Illinois Reading First, Illinois Library.

Association (chair diversity and racial committee, board directors), Sangamon County History Society.


  • Other Interests

    Miniature book collecting, reading, gardening.


Whitfield Senior Brown

Lue Walter (Heffner) Brown