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Trustees name new director of libraries

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Library Board of Trustees has appointed DeLaciea Keaton of the Okefenokee Regional Library System as director of the Newton County Library System.

Keaton replaces former library Director Greg Heid, who left in late 2010 to accept a position leading the Des Moines, Iowa, public library system.

Keaton could not be reached for comment as of press time. She is expected to assume her new position by June 1.

"She has a lot of experience in the state working with county boards and regional library systems ... and she has good contacts with the state library system," said Dr. Lois Upham, chair of the Library Board of Trustees.

Keaton has served as the director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System in Waycross since March 2008, according to the Georgia Library Association. Other work experience includes serving as deputy director of Live Oak Public Libraries in Savannah; branch manager and reference services manager for Worthington Libraries in Ohio; librarian II and information specialist for Gwinnett Public Library; and as a circulation, children's and technical services assistant at Nye Library in Oklahoma.

She earned a bachelor's degree in humanities from George Williams College in Illinois and a master's degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University. Keaton is a graduate of Snowbird Leadership Institute and Leadership Worthington. Currently, she serves on the Board of Control for the Okefenokee Regional Educational Service Agency.

For the Georgia Library Association, she has served as chair of the 2007 Public Library Division and the Demco Merchandising Grant Jury for the Public Library Association. For the American Library Association, she was a member of the Greenwood Publishing Award Jury and served two consecutive terms on Reference and Users' Services Association Management and Operation of Users' Services Section. Keaton served on the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, Annual Conference Local Arrangements Committee, the Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee, and the Library Futures Initiative Communications and Marketing Task Force for the Ohio Library Council.

Eight candidates were considered for the job, and a selection committee narrowed it down to four finalists. The Board of Trustees went into closed session for about 45 minutes prior to making the appointment, which was unanimous, with one board member absent.