Former Library Director Barbara Loar Dies Print E-mail

DeKalb County Public Library Remembers Former Director Barbara Loar with appreciation and affection. Mrs. Loar died Sunday, December 22, 2013, leaving behind a legacy of superior public service and leadership in DeKalb County.

During her 20-year tenure with the Library from 1971 to 1991, she served as both director and assistant director. She was known for her “innovative leadership and daring ideas” and for guiding the system through a period of “unparalleled growth and progress.”

She led the campaign for passage of a 29-million bond issue in 1987 to renovate and expand the main Decatur Library and to build eleven new branches. She transformed the underused Scottdale-Tobie Grant Library into a homework center for at-risk children in the community. She also led an initiative for greater use of the national library symbol on traffic signs to provide greater visibility for libraries.

Mrs. Loar was recognized for her numerous accomplishments with many honors. In 1987, she received the prestigious Nix-Jones Award for distinguished service to Georgia Librarianship, the highest honor given by the Georgia Library Association. She was named Public Servant of the Year for DeKalb County in 1989 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Northlake-Barbara Loar Library was renamed in her honor in 1997. In 2006, the Library Board of Trustees gave her the honorary title of Director Emeritus.

Above: Barbara Loar in 1988


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