Staff members of Georgia's 403 public libraries have a new boss.
Julie White Walker, deputy state librarian since 2008, has been named state librarian for the Georgia Public Library Service following a national search, according to a news release. She will take over the role from Dr. Lamar Veatch, who will assume other duties in the University System of Georgia.
Walker also will have responsibility for the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services, the network of regional libraries serving Georgians with visual or print disabilities.
"Julie had very serious competition, but it became clear she has the talent, skills and experience we were seeking," University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said. "We are delighted that the GPLS staff has such a deep pool of talent and look forward to her leadership in the coming years."
The Georgia Public Library Service is the state library administrative agency and a unit of the Board of Regents. The state librarian is an employee of that board and works with the network of public libraries, which are county and regional organizations.