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Wanda Presler Gardner

Wanda Presler Gardner, American library director. Certified library, Iowa. Recipient Quality Time award Children and Young People's Forum Iowa, 1998; National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1995-1998; United States Department Education library literacy grantee, 1994-1996, Community Technology Center grantee United States Department Education, 2000.


  • Gardner, Wanda Presler was born on September 19, 1952 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Clayton D. and Pansy (Newsum) Presler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, University South Dakota, 1981.


    • School media specialist, Iowa and Minnesota, 1981-1991. Director Decorah (Iowa) Public Library., since 1991. State coordinator Choices for the 21st Century, Brown University and Iowa Humanities Board, 1996, 98.

      Member grant review panel National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1997, 98.

    Major achievements

    • Certified library, Iowa.


    • Contributor articles to Muses, The Public Image. Presenter and speaker in field.


    Board directors Friends of Decorah Public Library., since 1995, Decorah Downtown Betterment Association. Member American Library Association (Bessie Boehm Moore award for service to the aging 1994), Iowa Library. Association (chair, awards chair children and young people's forum 1996, 97, Ernest Hertzbett award 1998), Iowa Small Library.

    Association (treasurer 1992-1998), Public Library. Association (Excellence in Small or Rural Libraries 1994), Association Specialized and Cooperative Libraries, Rotary International (board member).



    Reading agatha christie, travel.


    • Married Paul John Gardner, October 1, 1988. 1 child, Ben.
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    Born September 19, 1952
    (age 64)
    • 1981
      University South Dakota
    • 1981 - 1991
      School media specialist
    • 1991
      director, Decorah (Iowa) Public Library