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Diane Jane Biesel Edit Profile

Editor , Publishing executive

Diane Jane Biesel, American editor, publishing executive.


Biesel, Diane Jane was born on February 15, 1934 in New York City. Daughter of Douglas and Runa (Patterson) Stevens.


Bachelor of Science, Trenton State College, 1956. Master of Library Science, Rutgers University, 1969. Master of Arts in Education, Seton Hall University, 1974.

Certified in supervision, Seton Hall University, 1976.


Teacher, library Arlington (Virginia) Board Education, 1956-1958. Media specialist elementary schools, libraries River Edge (New Jersey) Board Education, 1958-1991. Lecturer, instructor children's literature Alphonsus College, Woodcliff Lake, 1969-1972.

Series editor Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 1992—2005. Vice president, Chief Financial Officer St. Johann Press, since 1994. Member committee academically gifted River Edge Board Education, 1977—1983, member study skills committee, member affirmative action committee, 1988—1990.

Field service consultant New Jersey Department Education, 1969—1971. Consultant new books preview Baker and Taylor Company, 1972—1976. Adjunct professor Seton Hall University, 1978—1979.

Member award committee Rutgers University Graduate School Library. Service, 1978—1979; member River Dell Libraries Cooperative, 1988—1991. Consultant Pro Libra Associates, since 1992.


Member of committee academically gifted River Edge Board Education, 1977-1983, member study skills committee, 1988-1990, member affirmative action committee, 1988-1990. Member River Dell Libraries Cooperative, 1988-1991. Member choir All Saints Church, Bergenfield, since 1971, lay reader, since 1973, vestrywoman, 1980-1983, delegate Diocesan Convention, since 1978.

Member ecumenical commission Diocese of Newark, 1992, member ChildDevel. Center Board, 1994-1997. Member American Library Association, American Association School Libraries (retired, member committee instrumental media 1971-1976, affiliate assembly by-laws committee 1977-1978, program committee 1992-1993, representative kid diversity programming committee since 1993, ABC Clio award committee 1994, legislation committee 1994-1996, retired members interest group 1993-1998, membership committee 1994-1997), Ednl.

Media Association New Jersey (state chairman recruitment 1968-1969, state chairman hospitality 1972-1973, state chairman county liaison 1973-1974, co-president 1977-1978), Bergen County School Libraries Association (president 1966-1968), River Edge Teachers Association (president 1964-1966), Association Ednl. Comm. Technology (national.nominating committee 1978-1979, county 1978-1979, steering committee 1979-1980, evaluation committee 1979, co-chairman liaison committee with American Association School Libraries 1979-1983, national nominating committee 1980-1982, awards committee 1981-1989, division school media specialists), School Media Specialists (program committee 1982-1984, board of directors region II 1983-1984, president 1986, member task force on libraries and information science, White House, writing committee, co-author: Information Power, 1988), National Button Society, New Jersey Button Society, Bergen Button Buffs (founding grandmother 1993).


Married Donald W. de Cordova, June 24, 1956 (divorced July 1971). Married David Barrie Biesel, September 25, 1982.

Douglas Stevens

Runa (Patterson) Stevens

David Barrie Biesel

Donald W. de Cordova