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Mary Sherman

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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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”.

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