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
Gerry Willingham received her B.S. in Education from Oklahoma Central State College and her Master of Library Science from the University of Oklahoma.
After serving 20 years with Putnam City Schools’ Library Media Program (1971-1991) and holding many titles,
Gerry retired in 1991 as Director of Library Media Services. She helped in the development of the
existing elementary libraries. Population growth brought new buildings, and expansions to existing
buildings. She worked tirelessly in carrying through these projects, 25 in all, as well as providing
full staffing for each facility.
Gerry was also instrumental in:
- Distributing district library budget,
- Bulk purchasing of library supplies,
- Bringing outstanding authors to school libraries to meet with students and teachers,
- Planning professional development programs,
- Writing district guidelines for teaching library media skills,
- Coordinating district-wide programs to recognize students for participating in special reading
programs, i.e. the Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards, and
- Encouraging community involvement through volunteering time and resources in the district’s
Library Media Centers.
In addition to accomplishments in her own district, Gerry worked relentlessly for improvements
statewide. A long-time member of the Oklahoma Library Association’s legislative team, she lobbied
successfully for school library media improvement grants, as well as other school, public and academic
efforts. These grants were directly responsible for the development of school libraries in Oklahoma,
especially at the elementary school level.
Gerry’s career spanned most of the final quarter of the 20th century. She and her colleagues
collaborated in pushing and pulling Oklahoman’s library media programs into the 21st century
by introducing school libraries to new technology that continues to unfold as Oklahoma celebrates
its centennial birthday in 2007.