At its March 16 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners confirmed the appointment of Dr. Gabriel Morley as Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, effective April 20.
On March 3, the Board of Commissioners approved the Library Board of Trusteesâ€™ selection of Dr. Morley as the sole finalist for the position.
â€śWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Morley to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. He impressed the Library Board of Trustees with his vision for our library system,â€ť said Stephanie Moody, Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees. â€śUnder his leadership I expect that employees, patrons and the community will see the future and importance of libraries in a new light.â€ť
Morley is currently director of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System in Lake Charles, LA.
â€śIâ€™m excited to have this opportunity to work in such a vibrant library system,â€ť Morley said. â€śThe library is a laboratory for ideas. I look forward to working with the library board, the staff and the community. Fulton County has a bright future and we want to ensure the library does its part to help foster that success.â€ť
Prior to becoming the library director in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, Morley was director of university libraries at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Before that, he was the director of a three-county public library system in southwest Mississippi. He began his library career at the Washington Parish (LA) Library System.
In addition to a masterâ€™s degree in library science, Morley holds a doctorate in adult education from The University of Southern Mississippi. He specializes in informal and non-formal learning. His book, Building Workforce Literacy in Libraries: Connecting Communities with Opportunities, will be published this fall.