IBLN Leadership


As stated in the by-laws of the Indiana Black Librarians Network, officers are elected on an annual basis by all members eligible to vote.

All officers are tasked with carrying out the IBLN’s mission as a statewide organization dedicated to the welfare and concerns of Black librarians and library employees with specific emphasis on recruitment and retention to the profession, employment in the field, and access to library services by Blacks.


President: Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson is an academic librarian in education services at IU Indianapolis. At one time Johnson served as the librarian at the Black Cultural Center at Purdue University. She moved to Indianapolis when she was appointed to be the Branch manager of the Martindale-Brightwood for the Indianapolis Public Library. Nikki is a leader on many levels as she is the chair of the Diversity Committee at University Library.

Vice President: Charles Sutton

Charles Sutton is the Social Impact Research Manager at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. In his role Sutton has developed an improved way to track trends in their incident reporting system so the library system can have flexibility in how it responds to the shifting needs of the community.

Secretary: Queen Claudine Polley

Queen Claudine Polley is a public services librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library. Polley is an active member of the library union and African American History Committee that features an annual popular event Meet the Artist. In her free time she trains and trains hard for marathons.

Membership Chair: Khrisma McMurray

Khrisma McMurray is a recent graduate of Masters of Library and Information Science at IU Indianapolis. McMurray is also a published children’s author with her book Precious Love. In 2022, McMurray was a Junior Fellow within the Library of Congress working to engage children and their families in the Library’s collections through her impactful programming.

Treasurer: Stephen Lane II

Stephen Lane II is an academic librarian in education services at IU Indianapolis. Lane previously served as the special collections librarian of the Indianapolis Public Library where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. Lane is involved in a local research project evaluating archival collecting practices and historical silences.