Dr. Gordon Baker, dean of Libraries Clayton State University, was recently installed as the president of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). He will take office on Jan. 1, 2013.
“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,” Baker explains. “While not all 14,000 plus are members, what actions SELA takes can impact them.”
Baker has been a member of SELA for more than 30 years, and has been associated with Clayton State since 1979. He has also worked as a teacher, media specialist, and a system level administrator in Clayton and Henry counties.
“The late Charles Beard, former director of the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia was the reason I joined SELA in the beginning,” Baker says. “He was an advocate, not only for libraries, but for librarians. He always said the only way to know what was going on in our profession was to be involved.”
In addition to being president-elect and president of SELA, Baker has previously served as secretary, treasurer, chair of the Conference Site & Exhibits Committee, chair of the School & Children’s Librarians Section and Trustees & Friends of Libraries Section.
To add to his many accomplishments, Baker has served as president of each of the three Georgia library organizations – The Georgia Library Association, The Georgia Library Media Association, and The Georgia Association for Instructional Technology. No other individual has accomplished this.
Baker is also a founding member, and the only one still working, of the joint conference; the Georgia Council of Media Organizations, founded in 1986. He has served on their Steering Committee for more than 20 years. He was also recently appointed for his fourth four-year term as the Henry County Board of Education’s representative to the Henry County Public Library’s Board of Trustees.
Baker is enthusiastic about being the president of SELA.
“I look forward to working with the folks who make SELA tick,” he says. “SELA is an organization of hard-working individuals from many states.”