Joy Bolt was born in Atlanta and raised in Alpharetta. Her love of libraries was fueled at an early age by the librarian at her local public library who showed her that a library is not just about books but is a place where a person can get all types of information and learn about anything they could want. Joy first began working in libraries in high school and her career continued to the present where she is now the Head Librarian of the Dahlonega campus at the University of North Georgia. In the years between high school and her current position, she worked in various academic and special libraries including several years in law librarianship with two major national law firms before returning to academic libraries, her first love. A 2012 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, she also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership for Academic Librarians Institute and was a fellow at the Peabody Professional Institute for Academic Library Leadership. She is a longtime member of the Georgia Library Association where she currently serves as a member of the Awards Committee and the Library Services for People with Disabilities Special Interest Group. Joy has a bachelors in studio art from Kennesaw State University and a masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Flowery Branch with her husband, Don, a senior graphic designer for Primerica.