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Beverly Dieterlen
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Photo of Beverly DieterlenMy interest in libraries started when I was a teenage volunteer in my junior high school library. Through the years, I have always admired and respected the librarians who seemed to know the best books and where to find the information that I needed. They were always there to answer my questions.

I majored in English in college and after I graduated from the University of Oklahoma, I worked as a high school English teacher in Fort Worth and Irving, Texas. I depended upon the school librarians to help me with my students' research papers.

After I retired from teaching, I decided I wanted to volunteer at my public library and joined the Tulsa Friends of the Library. I was fortunate enough to be asked to serve on the Friends board where I was president from 1989 to 1991. Our Tulsa Friends group received the Baker and Taylor Award for Outstanding Friends Group for Large Budget Libraries in the U.S.A. in 1990. I received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tulsa Friends Group in 1992.

I also served on the Tulsa Library Trust Board from 1993 to 2002. I was Secretary/Treasurer of the Trust from 1994 to 1996 and received the Tulsa City-County Library Hall of Fame Award in 1997.

I am a board member of Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) and have served as treasurer, vice-president and president. In 1997, I received the FOLIO Hall of Fame Award.

I represented Oklahoma on the Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) board of directors from 1997 to 2001. I served as a judge for the Baker and Taylor Award for Outstanding Friends Group in the Small Budget Library division for 1998 - 1999.

In conclusion, I feel so grateful to the Oklahoma Library Association that they have chosen to honor me with this recognition. The awards I've received in the past were because I represented the hard-working and dedicated volunteers who love their libraries and give of their time and talent to make their programs a success. I am truly grateful for all the new friends I have met working with the volunteers and librarians not only in Tulsa, but also in Oklahoma and across the U.S.A. I will always cherish these friendships and for is my greatest reward.

Beverly Dieterlen accepts the Library Legends Award

Beverly Dieterlen accepts the Oklahoma Library Legends Award
from OLA President Pat Weaver-Meyers

April 2, 2007

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