Louise Anderson Allen, Ed.D., is a native South Carolinian and has lived in Charleston for more than 50 years. She is active in several local volunteer organizations, including the Garden Club of Charleston, the Ladies Benevolent Society, the Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter of the DAR, and the Gibbes Women’s Council of which is she is a past president.

She earned a doctorate of education from the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction and was awarded the first postdoctoral fellowship given by Avery African American Research Institute at the College of Charleston. Dr. Allen has authored or co-authored forty-seven academic publications and wrote A Bluestocking in Charleston, the biography of Laura Bragg, who was the first librarian for the Charleston Free Library when it was founded in 1931. Prior to her earning her doctorate, she served for fifteen years as a classroom teacher and five years as a school administrator.

Louise was appointed to the CCPL Board of Trustees in January 2022.