Lt. Gov. Landrieu Names New State Librarian -- 03/29/2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 29, 2005
LT. GOV. MITCH LANDRIEU NAMES NEW STATE LIBRARIAN
Baton Rouge, LA - On March 29, 2005, Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu announced that Rebecca Hamilton will serve as the new State Librarian of Louisiana. Hamilton will follow longtime State Librarian Thomas Jaques, who will retire in July. The selection of Hamilton is the result of an extensive national search conducted by the State Library Board of Commissioners, chaired by Paulette Holahan.
“The State Library of Louisiana is one of our greatest resources for research - especially information unique to our state,” said Lt. Gov. Landrieu. “We’re proud to have Rebecca at the helm of this institution, and we’re confident she will keep building the effective services it provides.”
“So many citizens take advantage of the State Library system for audio books, government documents, and genealogical data - just to name a few,” said Culture, Recreation and Tourism Secretary Angèle Davis. “Whether for research or recreation, our state library system provides important services that will be enhanced under Hamilton’s leadership.
Hamilton of Baton Rouge comes to this position after having served as Associate State Librarian since July 1, 2003. Here, she provided leadership and management assistance to the state’s 65 public library systems and managed state and federal grants to public libraries. Hamilton earned a master’s degree in library and information sciences from Louisiana State University. She served as Director of the St. Mary Parish Library and Assistant Director of the Audubon Regional Library.
“I am honored and pleased to accept this responsibility,” said Hamilton. “I believe that there will be many opportunities to increase the effectiveness of the State Library, and I look forward to the challenges.”
The State Librarian serves as the Assistant Secretary of Libraries under the Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in the Office of the Lt. Governor. As the chief librarian and chief executive officer of the State Library, the State Librarian is the director of library development and service throughout the state.