Originally created 03/01/01

Great director for regional library



As a retiree from the East Central Georgia Regional Library System, I'm appalled the local media have ignored the fact that on Jan. 29 Gary Swint became director of that library system.

Not only does the director have charge of the six Augusta-Richmond County libraries but also of those in Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Lincoln and Warren counties. The system was without a director since July 31, 2000.

Mr. Swint, a native of Augusta, has been involved with our libraries since early childhood. He remembers going to Appleby Branch when it opened - he was 6 years old.

When he was in high school he was a library assistant at the Augusta Library, and as a student at Augusta College he became a part-time employee. After he graduated from the college he received his master's degree in librarianship from Emory University and returned to the Augusta Library as exhibits and inter-library loan librarian.

In 1974 he became head of the new audio-visualstalking book center, a position he held until becoming director of the system ...

The directorship of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System is an important position and Mr. Swint deserves recognition for holding it.

Betty Timmerman, North Augusta