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John Jewell (1940-2017)



Graduating from the University of Denver’s library school in 1969, John Jewell became a reference librarian at the Fresno County Public Library, where he was eventually appointed as principal librarian. In Fresno, he worked on many projects to make information accessible to as broad a population as possible, including the Latino and Japanese-American communities. He also helped develop the Fresno County Information and Referral Network. In 1986, Jewell was hired by the California State Library as its first library microcomputer specialist, responsible for consulting on the implementation of microcomputers at the Library and training staff. He eventually moved on to the State Library’s California Research Bureau, where he developed “Studies in the News,” an online publication that the governor’s chief economist called the Bureau’s “most important product.” In addition, Jewell led the interagency team that created the first California state homepage. He retired from the State Library in 2006. Following retirement, he worked for five years at the California Department of Rehabilitation, helping make state government electronic information accessible to all.


John Jewell was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2018. For more information, please see:



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