Cyndee Sturgis Landrum

Cyndee Sturgis Landrum

Cyndee Sturgis Landrum

Cyndee’s CV

Institution: Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Your Job Title: CEO-Director

Library type: Public

Officer Seats: None

Board Seat Category: General

Please list all BCALA involvement::

  • 2005 Recipient of E.J. Josey Scholarship
  • 2015 ALA Annual BCALA Presentation: And A Librarian Will Lead Them
  • 2015 NCAAL Managing in Troubled Water

Community Service

  • Evansville African American Heritage Trail-Steering Committee
  • Evansville Alumnae Chapter- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Treasurer/Arts & Letters Committee
  • Evansville Diversity Lecture Series-Board Member
  • Project Reveal-Board Member
  • Rosarium Publishing- Editorial Board Member
  • Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center-Advisory Board Member

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular: (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.): Professional Activities

  • American Library Association
  • ALA Councilor-at-Large 2015-2017
  • Spectrum Scholar Advisory Committee 2015-2017
  • Traveling Exhibit Grant Reviewer 2008-2010
  • Arizona Library Association
    • President 2009-2010
    • Conference Committee 2004
  • InfoPeople Building an Effective Learning Culture Mentor 2017
  • Public Library Association Equity Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Presentations, Publications & Research

  • “Managing and Leading in Troubled Waters”
    National Conference of African American Librarians Panelist-August 2015
  • “And A Librarian Will Lead Them: Librarians at the Forefront of Grassroots Community Endeavors”
    American Library Association Annual Conference Panelist- 2015
  • Comstock, S.L., Copeny, J. & Landrum, C. (2015). Code as code: Speculations on diversity, inequity, and digital women. Code4Lib 28, Retrieved from
  • “East Cleveland Public Library: The Future Focused Library”
    East Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustees Retreat Facilitator -2015
  • “Turning Outward: Culturing Community Inquiry in Public Library Practice”
    Association of Library and Information Science Educators Conference Juried Paper Co-Presenter-2015
  • “The Final Funding Frontier: Enterprising Libraries and Entrepreneurial Librarians”
    Pennsylvania Library Association Southwest Chapter Spring Workshop Co-Presenter-2013
  • Landrum, C., Morris, S., McNeil, K. & Walter, T. (2012). User Content Creation, Copyright, and Fair Use in 2027: Scenarios for Libraries [unpublished]
  • Landrum, C. (2012). African American Women Public Library Directors: A Focus on Race and Gender [unpublished]
  • “Beyond Malcolm, Martin & the Month of February: Practicing African American Librarianship the other 337 days of the year”
    University of Arizona SIRLS Student Association Program Panelist-2010
  • “Diversity in the Desert: Programming for diversity on a parched budget”
    Arizona Library Association Pre-Conference Program Panelist-2006

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors::

  • Recognized by the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona Coalition for the Arts for promoting diversity, cultural understanding and social justice through library programs and services
  • Cultivated key relationships government agencies, schools, non-profits and social enterprises in the Oak park Public Library that resulted in following initiatives:
    • Community Mentoring Initiative: A pilot project, in collaboration with the Mentorship Institute, to engage staff and young adult learners in project management training and project based learning
    • Hacking Hemingway: An $87,000 grant funded project digitizing Ernest Hemingway artifacts in partnership with
    • Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Oak Park Elementary School District 97
    • Humanity 101: Partnership with Arizona State University to promote understanding and dialogue between individuals and across communities through humanities disciplines

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be an officer of BCALA?:

I bring considerable administrative and leadership experience from my work in libraries, professional and community organizations. In addition, I bring a fresh perspective in terms of how LIS professionals can think about and redefine their work and organizations.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus?:

  • Improve engagement with BCALA membership
  • Increase access to leadership development to support organizational sustainability and representation in the profession
  • Innovate the conference format to draw a broader and wider audience.