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Elizabeth Gibson (1942-2013)
Liz Gibson was a fifth-generation descendent of California pioneers, who grew-up on a cattle ranch in Calaveras county. She got her BA from UC Davis in 1964 and her MLS from UC Berkeley. She served two tours of duty as a volunteer with the American Red Cross during the Vietnam War. Gibson had a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years at the California State Library, where, in the 1980s, she was a main force in helping libraries automate statewide. In addition, she was greatly admired for her outstanding coordination, guidance and helpfulness in the collection and organization of thousands of library statistics. Gibson was the first manager of the California Library Services Act program and later became bureau chief of Library Development Services. She also initiated the state library’s monthly e-newsletter, CSL Connection. Her patience, calmness, and thorough expertise were appreciated, especially when advising over the phone long before email. Upon retiring from the state library, the California Library Services Board recognized her contributions that led to Internet-based service to local libraries and the Partnerships for Change program. After retirement, Gibson was a volunteer at the Sacramento Public Library and continued to consult at the state library until shortly before her death in 2013.
Liz Gibson was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2014. For more information about her, please see: