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Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton

State Librarian of Louisiana

A native of Baton Rouge, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from LSU. She was appointed State Librarian in 2005 by Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, making her only the fourth State Librarian in the agency's 82-year history. She was reappointed by Lt. Governor’s Jay Dardenne and Billy Nungesser.

Through hurricanes, severe budget cuts, the recession, an oil spill, and floods, Hamilton streamlined operations and improved services at the State Library. A few of her many accomplishments include doubling the amount of State Aid to Public Libraries, the largest increase in the program's history, growing the annual Louisiana Book Festival to an attendance of 26,000, and securing a $12 million grant to provide temporary library facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi after the 2005 storms.

Her many awards include being named one of the 2007 Top 40 Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report, the 2012 Anthony Benoit Mid-Career Award, and most recently, the 2017 Lynda Carlberg Award, given to those leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Louisiana libraries.

Hamilton’s commitment to preserving Louisiana’s history extends beyond the walls of the State Library. She is the brainchild and executive producer of a documentary currently in production about the Baton Rouge Music Scene from the late 1970’s to the mid 1990’s called Red Stick Punk