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Wannarka, Marjorie Bernice*

Marjorie Bernice Wannarka, 1929–2013

Year Fellowship Conferred: 1992

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Nominating Committee, member, 1974
  • Editorial Committee/Participatory Panel, Vital Notes, member, 1974–1982
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, news editor, 1969–1975
  • MLA Vital Notes, appointed editor, 1974
  • American Association of College of Pharmacies, Libraries Section, MLA representative, 1969–1987
  • Joint Commission on Pharmacy School Libraries (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy), MLA representative, 1966–1969
  • Joint Committee on Standards for Pharmacy School Libraries (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy), MLA representative, 1957–1962
  • Pharmacy Library Group, MLA Nominating Committee, candidate, 1973, 1980; chair, 1966–1967; secretary, 1959–1960
  • Midcontinental Chapter, Octasphere (newsletter,) editor, 1979–1986; chapter chair, 1974

Honors and Awards

Other Awards
  • Creighton University, two Distinguished Staff Awards
Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)
  • Oversaw three library moves and the building of new library, which won several architectural awards
  • Instrumental in merging the School of Medicine Library with St. Joseph’s Hospital Library and several collections from other health sciences schools
  • Founding director of the Health Sciences Library/Learning Resources Center

Publications (5 representative)

  • Wannarka M. Effective on-the-job training: developing library human resources [book review]. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1987 Jul;75(3):271 [cited 14 Dec 2013].
  • Wannarka MB. A training program for the end user in the academic health sciences center. Med Ref Serv Q. 1986 Summer;5(2):95–101.
  • Wannarka MB. New library buildings: Creighton University Bio-Information Center. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1980 Apr;68(2):230–7 [cited 14 Dec 2013].
  • Wannarka MB; Dietz N; Reilly RT. Creighton centennial celebration : 1878–1978, the bibliography of the Creighton founders and Creighton University. Omaha, NE: Creighton University, Creighton Centennial Celebration Historical Committee; 1978.
  • Wannarka MB. Dr. George Milbry Gould: ophthalmologist and first president of the Medical Library Association. Bull Hist Med. 1968; 42(3):265–71.

Professional Positions

  • Director, University Archives, 1991–2006; Director, Health Sciences Library, 1977–1991; Librarian, School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy Library, 1953–1977; Creighton University, Omaha, NE

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MA, University of Minnesota–Minneapolis, 1967
  • BA, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN, 1952


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