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A message from Julie Walker, state librarian and vice chancellor for Libraries and Archives

Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is proud to highlight some of the life-changing impacts of the 2023 fiscal year state and federal funding.

In partnership with GPLS, the state’s 407 public library facilities have played essential roles in post-pandemic recovery, competitiveness, and resilience throughout Georgia.

Our libraries are the heart and soul of their communities. They are vibrant and relevant to users with a wide variety of needs, hopes, and dreams, and they serve everyone in their communities. Libraries are a key partner in improving literacy and supporting education at all levels.

This Year in Review highlights some of our most impactful work in technology, early literacy, and library construction, all of which were made possible by the financial support of the State of Georgia and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

In addition to the services highlighted here, GPLS also provides a broad range of consulting and technical assistance to libraries, such as resource sharing, finance, communications, emerging technology, and adult programming for workforce development, as well as training library boards of trustees, assistance recruiting and hiring administrators, and leadership in advocacy and governmental relations. We offer a diverse menu of continuing education courses, from integrating technology into library services to techniques for attracting more teen readers.

We are good stewards of the funding we receive, and we are honored to create and support programs and services that empower libraries to improve the lives of all Georgians.

I am incredibly grateful to the dedicated staff of GPLS, public library directors, librarians, and all our state’s library employees. Georgia’s libraries are a model of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.

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