Magazine article American Libraries

Library Stars to Sparkle in Virginia's New Dominion

Magazine article American Libraries

Library Stars to Sparkle in Virginia's New Dominion

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Library starts to sparkle in Virginia's New Dominion

Democratic Governor Gerald L. Baliles promised a "New Dominion' in the Old Dominion state of Virginia when he won the office last November. Recently, library supporters saw evidence that the former state attorney general intends to promote libraries in his New Dominion, as five American Library Association members were appointed to leadership roles.

Baliles named former Atlanta Public Library Director Ella Gaines Yates to head the Virginia State Library, replacing Donald Haynes, now director of the Virginia Historical Society. The governor also appointed Patricia Berger, chief of information resources and services at the National Bureau of Standards, to a four-year term on the Virginia State Library Board.

John Parsons, an American Library Trustee Association director, and Margaret P. Forehand, Chesapeake Public Library headquarters librarian, were also appointed to the 15-member board.

Gov. Baliles promptly invited Yates and the new board members to a special meeting in Richmond May 8, although their appointments officially begin June 1 and July 1, respectively. Baliles told them he wants the Virginia State Library to be a national resource and nationally recognized.

"Baliles is fantastic--I wish we could clone him,' Yates told AL after the meeting. "He loves libraries, and he knows them. He made me want to get right to work.'

Since she left the Atlanta P.L. in 1981, Yates has taught at the University of Washington library school and worked with civil rights groups. …

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