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1988-1991, Shirley George


1988-1991, Shirley George



Shirley H. Hattendorf was born on Dec. 29, 1938 in Elgin, Illinois, the daughter of Edwin William Hattendorf and Nora Wiese. George received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana, her Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota, and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. She married Melvin R. George and had two daughters: Catherine and Elizabeth. George was a reference librarian at Elmhurst, Illinois Public Library, head of the Reference Dept. at Helen M. Plum Memorial Library in Illinois, administrative librarian at Maywood, Illinois Public Library, and assistant state librarian at the State Library of Oregon before becoming Iowa’s State Librarian in 1988. During George’s four years as State Librarian, the Open Access and Net Lender programs were initiated. The State Library also saw the creation of the State Data Center and added the Patent and Trademark Depository Library. After leaving the State Library, George became director of the Beaverton City Library in Beaverton, Oregon. “Shirley George Resigns from State Library.” Footnotes Nov/Dec 1991: front page “George, Shirley H.” Who’s Who in the Midwest 1990-1991, 22nd ed. Willmette, IL: Marquis Who’sWho, 1989: 220.


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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