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
Mary Sherman, Pioneer Library System Director since 1987, is known for promoting global librarianship.
An 8-year member of the International Federation of Library Associations Standing Committee for Public
Libraries, she has attended meetings internationally. In 2006, the Committee met in Norman bringing
global librarianship home. She served on the American Library Association International Relations
Committee, and chaired the Public Library Association International Relations Committee and the International
Relations Roundtable Sister Cities Committee. She was the founder and convener of the IFLA discussion
group on “Libraries and the Democratic Process”. With the University of Oklahoma School
of Library and Information Studies, she sponsored an ALA Fellow from Argentina.
She encourages her staff and other librarians to become involved in their professional organizations
and communities. She was Oklahoma Library Association President (1982/83) and served on ALA Council
and many PLA Committees. She set an example of community involvement as President of the Norman Chamber
of Commerce, the Norman Rotary Club, and the Women’s Resource Center. She was State President
of the American Association of University Women from 1975-77, and was on the AAUW National Board.
She also serves on the OU Foundation Board of Trustees. She will be District Governor of Rotary District
5770 in 2007/2008.
Mary began her library career in 1965 as the Manager of the Purcell Library. In 1978 she helped
create Oklahoma’s first combined school/public library. Her career is a living illustration
of her motto, “always look at the art of possibility”.