Marcellus Turner oversees The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new or renovated branches. The Library operates on a $63 million budget and has 684 staff members. In August, Seattle voters approved a seven-year, $123 million levy to support Library operations and building maintenance. The busy system served nearly 13.6 million visitors last year and circulated 11.4 million books and materials.
Turner serves on the University of Washington Information School's MLIS Advisory Board and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors.
Turner is the former executive director of Jefferson County Public Library in Lakewood, Colo.
Prior to joining Jefferson County Public Library in 2002, Turner was assistant executive director of the Rockford Public Library in Rockford, Ill. He has also worked at Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Wash., and Atlantic City Free Public Library in Atlantic City, N.J. In addition, he held several positions with academic libraries in Tennessee and Louisiana.
Turner holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee.
Professional Memberships and Offices Held: American Library Association; Public Library Association; Black Caucus of the American Library Association; Washington State Library Association
Volunteer Interest & Board Service: University of Washington Information School MLIS Advisory Board