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Photo of Mary ShermanMary 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”.

Mary Sherman accepts the Library Legends Award

Mary Sherman accepts the Oklahoma Library Legend Award
from OLA President Pat Weaver-Meyers

April 2, 2007

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