Tamika Barnes is the newly appointed Department Head of Perimeter College, GSU Library. She has extensive experience in budgeting, management, and strategic planning. She became Director of Dunwoody Library at GPC in July of 2013 after serving several years as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Prior to that position, she had increasing responsibilities as a reference librarian at North Carolina State, then Head of Reference at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
She is excited to work with Dean Steely and the many other new colleagues at GSU, while representing the interests of Perimeter College students, faculty, and staff. She has a positive attitude about challenges ahead and is confident that the talented PC library staff will quickly adjust to being a part of a major research university. New colleagues, new resources, and new opportunities will lead to even stronger service to our students.
Tamika is a councilor-at-large in ALA and Chair of the GLA Special Libraries and Information Services Division. She was also elected by her peers to serve on the GSU Senate. Because she still manages Dunwoody campus library and oversees Clarkston and Decatur until associate department heads are chosen, she is one busy, busy lady!
She was born in Philly and grew up all around the world while her dad served in the Air Force. She has high school friends from Germany and college pals from UNC Chapel Hill. A dedicated sports fan, she loves to be with friends cheering for her favorite teams (her Alma Mater for collegiate football and basketball and the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL). Life changed radically and happily in March, 2015 when she and partner Calvin welcomed little Tyler who is now a cute, bright, and very active toddler. Just ask to see “a few” pictures, which she is always ready to share.