Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
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
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
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.