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
Bill Young is the Public Information Manager at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL), where
he supervises the agency’s public relations activities, publications and website. His office
is also responsible for supervising the Oklahoma Center for the Book, and for producing the Oklahoma
Almanac, the official blue book of state government information.
Bill received a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1980, and worked at TG&Y
in-house advertising before coming to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in 1987 as a member of
Marilyn Vesely’s pioneering public relations department.
He has been called upon to coordinate a number of special projects for the state’s library
community. These special assignments have included the highly successful 1990 Oklahoma Governor’s
Conference on Libraries, and the highly acclaimed statewide Centennial reading and discussion program,
Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma.
He also coordinates the Oklahoma State Webmanagers Group, an organization of state government employees
who are responsible for their agencies’ web products. Bill designed and developed ODL’s
first website in 1997.
He is an eight-year member of the FOI Oklahoma committee that plans the annual First Amendment
Congress, an event that has strengthened the Oklahoma library community’s status as a leading
proponent of freedom of information and open government.
Bill’s efforts to improve public relations services for statewide library initiatives have
helped public libraries of all sizes have a more visible presence in their communities. He received
the OLA Service Award in 2004 for his many contributions to the Oklahoma Library Association and
to Oklahoma libraries.