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librarian , association executive

Jan W. Sanders, American librarian, association executive. Recipient Wall of Honor award Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, Chicago, 1999.


Sanders, Jan W. was born on September 20, 1947 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Joseph A. and Esther Knierim Wilkes.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Northwest Missouri State University, 1969. Master of Library Science, Indiana University, 1970.


Library. Southeast Missouri Library. System, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 1970-1973, Memphis (Tennessee) Shelby County Library., 1973-1978. Instructor Northwest Arkansas Community College, Harrison, 1978-1982.

Manager, library Springfield (Missouri) Greene County, 1982-1987, Pioneer Library. System, Norman, Oklahoma, 1987-1991. Director library City of Bartlesville, 1991—2001.

Director Spokane Public Library., 2001—2005, Pasadena (California) Public Library., since 2005. Cons./trainer in field, Bartlesville, 1991—2001.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Vice-president Allied Arts/Humanities Council, Bartlesville, 1991—2001. Board directors Boy Scouts American, Bartlesville, 1997—2001, Young Women’s Christian Association. Active Heart of Town Advocates, Certified Cities.

Member Oklahoma Library. Association (various offices, including president 1987—2001), Rotary (vice president Daybreak Club 1999—2001), Bartlesville Leadership, Public Library. Association (president-elect 2006-2007, president since 2007).


Married Merritt V. Sanders, April 15, 1972 (divorced April 1989). 1 child, Sara Kay.

Joseph A.

Esther Knierim Wilkes

Merritt V. Sanders

Sara Kay Sanders