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Charles Forrest

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Charles Forrest
21CL Consulting


Charles Forrest has more than thirty years of experience in academic and research libraries. After almost a decade with the University of Illinois libraries, both at the Chicago campus and downstate at the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, he moved to Emory University in 1988. He has held a series of administrative positions in the main library there, including director of Instructional Support Services, and director of Planning and Budget. He is currently director of Library Facilities. While at Emory, Charles has participated in the renovation or construction of over 300,000 square feet of library space. A member of the Committee on the Environment of Emory’s university senate, Charles served recently as library project manager for the renovation of the Asa Griggs Candler Library, Emory’s historic main library on the quadrangle, the first LEED-certified renovation project on campus. Charles is active in professional organizations at the state, national and international level, and is a regular presenter at conferences, workshops and institutes.


Current Work
21CL Consulting (Academic Library)
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Director, Library Facilities Office 2008 Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia Supervise and coordinate library facilities operations and maintenance for the Woodruff Library (main library), Candler Library Matheson Reading Room (L3), Math and Science Center Library, Chemistry Library, and Storage Library (offsite collection annex), including supervision of Facilities Coordinator and Security Team Leader. Coordinate library space planning and project development. Manage library facilities construction and renovation projects from concept through final completion and occupancy. Participate in overall library administration and management as member of the Library’s senior leadership team.


MA, Library Science, 1979
University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, Telecommunications and Psychology, 1976
Michigan State University