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Marcellus Turner

Working Group on Intellectual Freedom
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Marcellus Turner is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of the leading urban public libraries in the United States, serving a community of more than one million in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Previously, he spent ten years as the Executive Director and Chief Librarian at The Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington which, in 2020, was awarded the prestigious 2020 Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. 

Marcellus has also worked for libraries in Jefferson County, CO, Rockford, IL, Tacoma, WA, Atlantic City, NJ, as well as academic libraries in Tennessee and Louisiana. He holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee.