Suzanne Mahmoodi Interview
Suzanne Mahmoodi was the first continuing education coordinator at Library Development
and Services (1978-2001), Minnesota Department of Education. In her interview she discusses her
first library job as a student
in special libraries; early education in Southern Iowa (near Lucas, Iowa, known for John Lewis
Memorial Museum of Mining and Labor); early Resource Sharing in special, academic, and public
libraries; conversation with U of M Libraries director Edward Stanford about the 1969 Minitex pilot
project; Control Data Corporation's
Plato system (one of the earliest computer based learning
systems, originally developed at University of Illinois) and developing a program for libraries; how
MN Opportunities for Reference Service Excellence (MORE) and MN Opportunities for Technical Services
Excellence (MOTSE) began; and the decision to close the library at State Library Services.
NOTE: Library Development and Services is known today as State Library Services,
Minnesota Department of Education.
Interviewed by Sara Ring, Minitex, on June 3, 2011.
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309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455