Alison Weissinger is the Acting Director at the DeKalb County Public Library. As Acting Director, she oversees the administration of 22 DeKalb County branch libraries, and a $54,540,000 Library Bond program approved by DeKalb voters in November, 2005. 12 library construction projects are included in the bond program. Alison also manages the Georgia Center for the Book program at the DeKalb County Public Library which brings more than 100 author programs a year to DeKalb County, making DCPL the largest literary program presenter in the southeastern United States.
Alison is a seasoned library veteran. She joined DeKalb County Public Library in 1997 as a youth services librarian. Additionally, Alison has served as a branch manager at several branches, including the Decatur Library, the county's main library branch. Most recently, Alison served as the system's Adult Services Coordinator, directing adult programming, literacy and outreach services and the library's website.
Departmental Summary – DeKalb Public Library
The DeKalb County Public Library enlightens and enriches the residents of the County by providing responsive, dynamic services that meet the changing informational needs of a diverse population. Through a trained, service-oriented staff, partnerships, and ready access to both print and electronic resources, the library is committed to superior service that promotes a strong, literate DeKalb community and an enhancement of the quality of life for its citizens. One of eight libraries in the United States cited as an example of excellence in the 2004 book, Exemplary Public Libraries, the award-winning DeKalb County Public Library provides a wide variety of print and electronic resources, training opportunities, and programs for all ages through its 22 branch locations and an online electronic library. The library system’s collection holds more than 826,340 books and 95,875 audiovisual items for in-house use or checkout,
and the library provides 24/7 home and office access to more than 200 electronic databases, 25,000 full text books, and 2,400 electronic audiobooks.
The library system is in the middle of a major building program that includes 2 building projects; five projects which are for the replacement of libraries, four projects which are for the renovation and expansion of libraries, and three projects which are to build brand new libraries. These libraries will provide expanded meeting spaces, more resources, and self-service features – making them anchors in their communities.
To learn more about the DeKalb County Public Library’s numerous offerings, visit www.dekalblibrary.org.