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Ken Bierman

Oklahoma Library Legends

Aaronson, Alfred

Anthony, Nancy

Bierman, Ken

Boies, Kay

Brawner, Lee

Brown, Ruth

Butcher, N.E.

Carnegie, Andrew Foundation

Clark, Bob

Clarke, Polly

Corwin, Aarone

Dale, Dorothea

Delaney, Oliver

Delphian Clubs and Societies

Dessauer, Phil

Dieterlen, Beverly

Dover, Leta

DuVall, Frances

Ellison, Sandy

Estes-Rickner, Bettie

Ferguson, Milton J.

Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)

Frasier, Sally Freeman

Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma

Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)

Friends of Tulsa City-County Library

Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan

Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation

Gorman, Edith

Hale, Kathy

Hand, Elsie

Hanway, Wayne

Hardesty, Roger & Donna

Helmerich, Peggy

Henke, Esther Mae

Hewey, Dell

Hinkle, John

Hinshaw, Marilyn

Johnson, Edward R.

Johnson, Jeanie

Keene, Jan

Kennedy, Frances

Lau, Ray

Laughlin, Mildred

Lester, June

Literary Clubs

Low, Edmon

Lowry, William (Bill)

Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)

Marable, Mary Hays

Martin, Allie Beth

Masters, Anne Rounds

McAnally, Arthur

McGlenn, Alma Reid

McVey, Susan

Miles, Ava

Miller, Gail

Miltimore, Cora

Morgan, Anne Hodges

Morris, Donna

Motter, Robert T., Jr.

Motter, Robert T., Sr.

Noble Foundation

Norberg, Lillian Born

Norvell, Donna

Parker, Mrs. J.C.

Patterson, Lotsee

Phelps, Edith Allen

Phillips, John & Vicki

Porter, Cora Case

Rader, Jesse

Ramsay, R.W.

Ratliff, Julia Brady

Ray, Dee Ann

Robbins, Louise S.

Rock, Marian

Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou

Sanders, Jan

Saulmon, Sharon

Segal, Bob & Pat

Sherman, Mary

Skvarla, Donna

Spriestersbach, Barbara

Staggs, Barbara

Sturdivant, Nan

Swisher, Robert

Thomas, Della

Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)

Tomberlin, Irma

Townsend, Mrs. Hosea

Troy, Forrest (Frosty)

Vesely, Marilyn

Weaver-Meyers, Pat

Wentroth, Mary Ann

Willingham, Gerry

Women's Federated Clubs

Women's Clubs of Oklahoma

Woodrum, Pat

Young, Bill

Zarrow, Henry & Anne

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Ken Bierman has spent nearly forty years automating libraries. Ken began his career in 1968 as the Data Processing Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries when the MARC Distribution Service was started by the Library of Congress. He put Oklahoma on the national library automation map by quickly implementing an SDI subscription service based on the weekly tapes, becoming one of the pioneer applications of machine-readable cataloging records. He was asked to speak at several of the early MARC Institutes sponsored by ALA/ARL/LC, much to the amazement of librarians outside of Oklahoma! He then implemented an early turnkey library system, CLSI, at the Tucson Public Library followed by implementing NOTIS at Oklahoma State University. Between 1973 and 2000 he consulted with 35 public and 10 academic libraries, assisting them in implementing turnkey library systems and other library technology projects. Nearly ten of these libraries were in Oklahoma. Ken also became somewhat of an expert on unit cost studies in libraries assisting over 20 libraries in performing cost studies of various operations (interlibrary loan, acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, etc.). He served on the Oklahoma Library Technology Committee from 1990-91 and was active in the Oklahoma Library Association, serving as Chair of the Automation Roundtable and Treasurer of the Association. In 1995 he performed a major study of interlibrary loan in Oklahoma leading to significant service improvements. Since there were no more libraries to automate, Ken retired to Tucson in 2006.

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