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1973-1982, Barry Porter


1973-1982, Barry Porter



Barry Lavon Porter was born in Cedar City, Utah on Oct. 3, 1942, the son of LaVon Porter and Alta Haycock. Barry received his Bachelor of Science degree from South Utah State College and his Masters in Library Science from Brigham Young University. He married Gayle Willis Sept. 3, 1965 and had five children: Donald, Michelle, Jeffrey, Steven, and Jared. Barry worked as Bookmobile and Reference Librarian for the Utah State Library Commission; was Executive Secretary of the Utah Library Association; trustee for the Center for Research, Rocky Mountain Region; and Chairman of the Western Council of State Librarians. He was the State Librarian of Iowa from January 1973 through 1982. During his nine years as State Librarian, he guided the State Library through a transition from a traveling library that provided book collections to libraries around the state, to an agency that provided statewide programs, consultants, and networking services. Afterward Porter moved to Denver to enter into a partnership with Carl Gaumer’s Reference Service covering the area of Washington, Oregon, and California. “State Librarian Resigns...” Footnotes, Oct. 1982: front page “Porter, Barry Lavon.” Who’sWho in the Midwest 1982-1983, 18th ed. Chicago: Marquis Who’sWho, 1982: 552


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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