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California Library Hall of Fame: Barbara Jeffus
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Barbara Jeffus (1946-   )

Barbara Jeffus served as school library consultant for the California Department of Education (CDE) for twenty years, advocating on behalf of libraries at both the state and national level. Through her efforts and guidance, the State Board of Education adopted the Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (MSLS) in 2010. While working for CDE, she contributed a monthly article to the California School Library Association (CSLA) Newsletter, as well as frequent articles to the CSLA Journal. She was also a frequent presenter at library conferences and workshops. Jeffus served as CSLA president, 1990-91, and was appointed to the Governor’s Book Fund Board by then First Lady Sharon Davis. In addition, she served as an International Advisory Council member to SJSU’s School of Library and Information Science and was installed as a CSLA honorary member following her retirement in 2010. Prior to her position at CDE, Jeffus was a school library media teacher, managed the library program for a school district, and directed the library and media services work for the Fresno County Office of Education. Jeffus has taught library-related courses for Fresno City College, SJSU, and Fresno Pacific University. She earned her B.S. at the University of Minnesota and her MLS at SJSU. Despite retiring from the CDE in 2008, Jeffus remained a part-time consultant until the position was filled in October 2013.

Barbara Jeffus was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2014.