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Dr. Gordon Baker

Valdosta State University

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A little about my background:

My career in libraries dates back to my elementary and high school days when I was a library assistant.  While attending Clayton Junior College (now Clayton State University), I worked as a page at the Henry County Library System.  I received my BS Ed. in Elementary Education from Valdosta State with school library media certification.  I taught elementary school for two years.  During this time I pursued my Master's in Library Service from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). In addition of I have completed the Specialist's in Library Service from Clark Atlanta University and my doctorate in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Clayton County Schools

My first full time library position was at George M. Kilpatrick Elementary School in Jonesboro, GA.  After six years, I was hired to open the library at new Edwin S. Kemp Elementary School in Hampton, GA.  Both of these schools were in the Clayton County School System.  During my tenure in Clayton County I chaired the local committee the American Association of School Librarians Award for the National School Library Program of the Year.  The Clayton County System was national first runner-up. 

Henry County Schools

While waiting for the completion of the new Eagle's Landing High School in the Henry County School System, I worked as one of the library media specialists at Henry County Middle School.  I thorough enjoyed the planning and purchasing of materials necessary to open a new high school media center.  I stayed at Eagle's Landing High School for 10 years until I was asked to open Henry County's next new high school, Union Grove High School.  After one year at Union Grove, I was promoted to Central Office of the Henry County School System as Coordinator of Library Media Services and Instructional Technology.  In this role, I supervised the library media specialists, the instructional technology specialists, the technology trainers, and the computer lab paraprofessionals.  In addition, I also served as a technology trainer.  After two years, I decided by heart was not in administration, but with the students, so I was asked to open the new Luella High School. 

Clayton State University

While working in the school systems, I also worked part-time as the evening and weekend reference librarian at my alma mater, Clayton Junior College/Clayton State College/Clayton State University.  In 2004 I retired from the Henry County School System and became the Head of Public Services at Clayton State University.  In 2006, I became the Director of Libraries at Clayton, and then in 2010, I was named Dean of Libraries at Clayton State. In May 2019, I retired as Dean of Libraries at Clayton State University with 40 years of service to the University.  I am the first to have worked at Clayton State for 40 years.  I have also been awarded the title of Dean of Libraries, Emeritus. 

Henry County Library System

In 2001, I was named to the Henry County Library System's Board of Trustees representing the Henry County School System.  From 2001 to 2005, I served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees.  In 2005, I was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees and continued in that position until December 2018, when I moved out of Henry County.

Professionalism

I am a strong believer of an individual being active in their professional associations.  I will encourage you to do likewise.  I have been very fortunate to have served as President of the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT), the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA), the Georgia Library Association (GLA), and the Southeastern Library Association (SELA).  In addition, I was selected as Georgia's Elementary School Library/Media Specialist of the Year.  I have been recognized by each of the previously named associations for service and dedication.  I will be happy to talk with you about becoming professionally active.

As you have read, I have a passion for learning and helping others learn. This course is an excellent opportunity for us to learn from each other so I hope you will be generous with your comments and participation.

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