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CSU’s Baker to lead southeastern librarians

— The next leader of the Southeastern Library Association is a long-time fixture in the Southern Crescent’s library scene.

Gordon Baker, dean of libraries at Clayton State University, has been “installed” as the new president of the regional librarian’s group, with his term officially set to begin Jan. 1, 2013, the university announced late Monday.

The head of the group, Baker will oversee an organization whose membership includes thousands of librarians from across the southeast.

“As president of the Southeastern Library Association, I will be representing the more than 14,000 librarians — school, public, academic, and special — in the southeastern region of the United States,” said Baker in a written statement. “While not all 14,000 plus are members, what actions SELA takes can impact them.”

The presidency adds to Baker’s list of impressive librarian titles. Over the years, he has served in a number of high-profile library positions, including chairman of the Henry County Library System’s Board of Director and administrative services coordinator for the Georgia Library Association.

He has also been the president of the Georgia Library Association, the Georgia Association for Instrumental Technology and the Georgia Library Media Association, according to the Southeastern Library Association website.

A graduate of Clayton State, he returned to the university in 2004, after spending several years working for Henry County Schools.