The Bloomington Libraries at Indiana University were the 2010 recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award, the highest national service award given to an academic library. Prior to her arrival at Indiana University in 2010, Brenda was the University librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining the UCSB libraries, she served as Interim Co-University Librarian of the University of Michigan Libraries. She served the University of Michigan Libraries in various roles for more than 20 years, where she distinguished herself as Associate University Librarian for Public Services with responsibility for their 19 libraries. At Michigan, Johnson pioneered innovative services to integrate librarians into the academic process (such as the Field Librarian Program) and created programs to recognize innovation in librarians (such as the Instructor College, recipient of 2003 ACRL Innovation in Instruction Award). She received her MLS from Rutgers University and worked there for the first five years of her career.