Penn Hills woman elected president of American Library Association

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Courtney L. Young, librarian of the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus, was elected Tuesday as the president of the American Library Association at its annual conference in Las Vegas.

Ms. Young of Penn Hills has served numerous roles in the ALA, most recently on the Planning and Budget Assembly. She was president of the New Members Round Table and chairwoman of the Diversity Committee. She is the fifth African-American to lead the ALA, based in Chicago.

As head librarian at the J. Clarence Kelly Library at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, Ms. Young monitored acquisitions, taught students about research and oversaw operations.

She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and received a Certificate of Distinguished Service from the ALA.

Ms. Young studied English at the College of Wooster and pursued a master of library sciences degree at Simmons College.

Stephanie McFeeters: or 412-263-2533. On Twitter: @mcfeeters.

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