Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:00 AM


The calendar read April 1, but there was no time to fool around this year for Darla Chambliss.

Wednesday marked her first day on the job as director for the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System.

Chambliss, 50, replaces Linda Floyd, who retired at the end of 2014.

Chambliss said she is happy for the opportunity.

“I was excited to get the call (for the job offer),” she said. “I originally worked in a regional system, and I like the way regional systems work. It is what I’m most familiar with. So, I am very excited to get going.”

Chambliss leads the system that includes the Dalton-Whitfield County Library, the Chatsworth-Murray County Library and the Calhoun-Gordon County Library, while headquartered in Dalton.

She takes the reins having served as director of the Catoosa County Library since Oct. 1, 2013, and, before that, as assistant director of the Cherokee Regional Library System, which covers Walker and Dade counties.

Chambliss’ immediate plan, she said, is to learn more about and evaluate each system library.

“I feel like the library here has a lot of potential because Dalton is doing well; and I believe Gordon County is doing well. Murray County is in this place of growth, but could use some grant ...

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