Title: Library Dean
Company: Clayton State University
Location: McDonough, Georgia, United States
Gordon Newton Baker, EdD, Library Dean at Clayton State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library services.
Amassing more than four decades of professional experience in library sciences, Dr. Baker is a celebrated librarian director and dean who has aided students from all ages in their pursuit of knowledge. Serving as the dean of libraries at Clayton State University since 2004, he previously acted in a variety of roles for school districts across Georgia, including Luella High School as a media center director and department head, Henry County Schools as a coordinator, media specialist, instructional technician and librarian, Union Grove High School as a media center director and department head, Eagle’s Landing High School as a media center director and department head, and Clayton Junior College as a public services librarian. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was a librarian, media specialist and teacher at Clayton County Schools, as well as a librarian and teacher at Griffin-Spalding Schools.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Baker has been an administrative services coordinator at Southeastern Library Association since 2004 and Georgia Library Association since 2003. Previously, he was a director of libraries and head of public services at Clayton State University, executive director, executive secretary, president, treasurer and sixth district chairman of the Georgia Library Media Department, member of the area IV media committee at the Georgia Department of Education, and library consultant at Meadow Creek Academy. Locally, he has served Henry County Library System as a chair since 2005, trustee since 2001, and treasurer from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he was the vice president of the Kilpatrick Parent Teacher Association from 1979 to 1980.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Baker pursued an education at Clayton Junior College, where he earned an Associate of Arts in 1973. He subsequently attended Valdosta State College in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Science in education. Attending Clark Atlanta University, he received a Master of Library Science and Specialist in Library Services in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Dr. Baker concluded his education in 1997, receiving a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.
To remain aware of recent changes within his industry, Dr. Baker maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, where he has served as treasurer since 1992, and the Georgia Library Association, where he has served as chair of the school library media division since 1991. Previously, he associated with the Southeastern Library Association, acting as president from 2013 to 2014, the Atlanta Area Bibliographical Instruction Group, holding the role of president from 1991 to 1992, and the Clayton County English Language Arts Council, serving as president from 1979 to 1980. He additionally remains affiliated with Beta Phi Mu, Sigma Alpha Chi, the American Association of School Librarians, and the American Library Association.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to library services, Dr. Baker has accrued numerous accolades. The recipient of the Mary Utopia Roth Rock Award for Achievement in Libraries in the Southeastern United States from the Southeastern Library Association in 2014, he was named Media Specialist of the Year and Elementary School Media Specialist of the Year by the Georgia Library Media Association in 1988. In addition, the Georgia Library Media Association honored him with the William E. Patterson Service Award in 1986. Notably, he has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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