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
During my tenure as Director of the Library Media Section at the
Oklahoma State Department of Education, there was one goal - to improve
Library media services in Oklahoma. How this was accomplished was
primarily left to the talented group of library media specialists who
worked in this section.
In 1978, there were few elementary libraries and most high school
libraries had poor collections, little space and part-time staff.
State funded Library Improvement grants formed the foundation of the
improvement process, because the criteria required a centralized
library staffed by a certified library media specialist.
Our staff provided technical assistance on site, developed and
distributed curriculum guides, procedures manual and countless
bibliographies of new and recommended materials.
Our most enduring legacy may be EncycloMedia, a conference that has
grown to be the largest professional development opportunity in the
state each year. Our goal for this conference was to showcase
activities that have been effective and to introduce new ideas and
products to improve library media services. Nationally know authors
and educators added excitement to the event.
In addition to funding and professional development, we worked to
increase the standards for certification as a school library media
specialist and to strengthen the state standards for library media
programs required for accreditation.
Throughout this period of growth, perhaps the most important
accomplishment was raising the level of awareness concerning the value
of library media programs to a quality educational program.