Gary M Klein / Gary Klein


"not your average leathered librarian"

"In the defense of freedom and literacy,
libraries are the most powerful weapons we have: use them!"

(text from the shirt worn in the photo)

this web page and it contents
are COPYRIGHTED by Gary M Klein


(work contact):
Gary M. Klein
Mark O. Hatfield Library
Willamette University
Salem, Oregon 97301-3992
office phone #503-370-6743

(personal contact):
Gary M. Klein


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Gary's personal life...

Mr. Klein lives and works in the United States of America. Specifically, he can be found in the State of Oregon. If you are concerned about geographical accuracy, you would probably want to know that his home is in Marion County. And his employer is located in the city of Salem, just across the street from the State Capitol building.

Gary's community is located approximately 70 miles (as the crow flies) from snow capped Mt Hood, and about 60 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, near the 45th parallel and just a couple of blocks from the Willamette River, midway in the Willamette Valley, and about 90 driving miles from the eye catching rocky shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. Klein is employed as a reference librarian at the Mark O. Hatfield Library on the Willamette University campus, specializing in Management and Economics, as well as being the library's liaison to the Psychology department, the Rhetoric & Media Studies department, the School of Education, the Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, and also the the Tokyo International University of America. He also conducts library instruction and serves on several committees.

Gary's research interests have tended to focus on the design of online public access catalogs for libraries, keyword search engines, and subject headings assigned by indexing & abstracting services.

His first noteworthy research project was a presentation at the 1990 LOEX Conference that was later put into print as ERIC Document #359990 to help librarians locate library resources relating to homosexuality in college libraries. The large interest that librarians expressed to his LOEX presentation and ERIC document led Gary towards his second noteworthy research project: The history of subject headings used by library resources to locate academic literature on sexuality. At the same time that he worked on that historical research while in Ohio, Gary also conducted research into the keyword search engines used by online public access catalogs that relied on NOTIS brand software. Both of those research projects were published in peer reviewed academic journals.

Between 1993 and 1995 Gary was a panelist or presented papers at several annual conferences, including the Ohio chapter of ACRL, the Ohio Library Association, Ohionet, the NOTIS Users Group, and the American Library Association.

Gary has served several terms on ALA's Wilson Indexing Committee (1994-1997 and 2002-2006), which is a special unit of RUSA that works with the H.W.Wilson Company in New York City assisting the firm in selecting journals for inclusion in their subject oriented indexes & databases.

After he moved to Oregon in 1995, two of his thought provoking essays were published by the Oregon Library Association: "The Telecommunications Act of 1996: The Indecency of It All!" in Winter 1996 and "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same" in Summer 1996.

Gary's experience with classroom instruction for library resources led him to author two articles that focused on instructional techniques for understanding subject headings & database thesuari. These two articles were published in 1998 as chapters in a book published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

In 2003, Gary co-authored an article with Larry R. Oberg appearing in the quarterly publication of the Oregon Library Association, titled "Gay Themed Books in Oregon Public and Academic Libraries: a brief historical overview."

Gary officially entered the library profession in 1988, and has been actively involved with the American Library Association and its various sub-units, including the Wilson Indexing Committee and the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Round Table .

Prior to becoming a librarian, he was employed in banking as a marketing researcher and site locations analyst for eleven years, while living in Buffalo, New York. The bank went through a number of name changes, (Erie County Savings Bank --> Erie Savings Bank --> Empire of America Federal Savings Association --> Empire of America Federal Savings Bank --> Empire of America FSB) while always being headquartered in Buffalo. Throughout that same timespan, the bank's nicknamed remained The Big E, as Gary moved up the corporate ladder. Gary started working for The Big E as a student intern, while still working on his bachelor's degree. Gary gradually moved up the ranks, taking on increasing levels of responsibility, leading to his title as Vice President of R&D, running a 10 person department, with project responsbilities running across 125 banking offices, in 3 time zones.

Gary also had work experience with 2 other banks that were headquartered in Buffalo: Marine Midland Bank's world headquarters (before it was absorbed into HSBC Bank), and also Erie Federal Savings & Loan Association (which had its own history of changing hands & names: East River Savings Bank, then the Buffalo area offices were sold to Dime Savings Bank of NYC, which later sold the offices to Anchor Savings Bank of NYC, which sold the offices to First Federal Savings & Loan of Rochester, which was later merged into HSBC Bank).

Gary also was involved with the founding of the Buffalo Community Cooperative Council Federal Credit Union in 1979-81, and volunteered on several of its committees during its formative years.

Gary's early interest in business & consumer affairs stems back even further in time, to when he was working for a collection agency, while he was still attending high school in NYC. Although Gary first began reading business newspapers & magazines when he was 13 years old, he did not begin to invest in Wall Street's stockmarkets until he was 19. Since making his initial investment in corporate stocks in 1973, Gary has been diligently reading reams of corporate annual reports and SEC documents every year. He has also attended over 100 shareholder meetings of publicly traded corporations and grilled corporate executives about the way they have run the companies that he invested in.

Gary was also an active member of the American Marketing Association for 12 years, overlapping between his tenure in banking & libraries.

Klein earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, and a Masters of Information and Library Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo (also known as SUNY-Buffalo or the University of Buffalo). Midway between earning those degrees, he enrolled in Continuing Education courses at SUNY-Buffalo, and also at the Western NY chapter of the American Institute of Banking . Later, Klein also took classes at the University of Toledo in Ohio when he was employed as a librarian on that campus. During his career, Mr. Klein taught semester length courses both at AIB and at UT.

Gary began pursuing a Masters degree in UT's Geography & Urban Planning department on a part time basis in 1994. Upon being denied tenure, Gary began looking for jobs elsewhere, before his job at UT lapsed in June 1995. He also had a back-up plan, of becoming a full time graduate student, which he was pursuing at UT that summer.

His graduate degree plans were interrupted when he received a job offer that he simply coupld not refuse!

In the autumn of 1995, he traversed the continental United States while relocating from Toledo, Ohio to Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley.

Gary's joys in life include cooking from scratch, staying limber, casual hiking, casual bicycling, the great outdoors, photography, listening to public radio, stretching the limits of dress codes, watching Comedy Central's The Daily Show, participating in the spirituality of Unitarian-Universalist congregations, and getting involved with organizations that strive to deflate hate mongers such as Lon Mabon and the OCA.

One of the leading volunteer organizations that strives to accomplish this and network with other local & national organizations is Basic Rights Oregon.


text of shirt: "click on a cybrarian"

and Founder of three e-mail groups:

"CDA96-L" = The Communications Decency Act of 1996. (the list was folded in 1998)

"PRT-LIBN" = Philosophy, Religion and Theology Librarians discussion group. (running on LISTSERV software at Northern Arizona University)

"GAY-LIBN" = Gay, lesbian and bisexual librarians discussion group. (running on LISTPROC software at University of Southern California)

Also has a history of participating in various electronic discussion groups:

"COLLIB-L" = college libraries.

"LIBREF-L" = reference librarians.

"BUSLIB-L" = business librarians.

"ILI-L" = bibliographic instruction, library instruction & information literacy.

"SILS-L" = alumni, faculty and students of SUNY-Buffalo’s School of Information and Library Studies.

"PDX-MOTSS" = gays, lesbians and bisexuals living near Portland, Oregon.

somewhat work related
created in this office setting:

Favorite Nicknames:





Favorite Sayings:

If you could get your hands on that information, what would you then do with it?

The standard is, that there is no standard!

Z 39 dot 50, where are you?

Have you hugged a librarian, lately?

Out of the stacks, and into the streets... Librarians empower people

Don't be ashamed!... Someone in YOUR FAMILY might be a librarian!

Leathered librarians are bound to please

We're here... We're queer... We have e-mail!

Thank God I’m an atheist

This program was made possible in part by viewers like us
and a generous grant from the Emma Peel Memorial Library who remind us: 'A fantasy may be fleeting, but a fetish is forever'.

Definition of "P.C." = piercing challenged

Don't forget that one of the Ten Commandments of the Unitarian Church is:
‘thou shalt potluck.

And that's the news from the shores of Lake Erie,
where the soybeans grow tall, the cabbage is odorless,
and the leathered librarian is not-your-average.

And that's the news from the Willamette Valley
Where the farmlands are kissed by rain
But nobody kisses the politicians.

Personal Ad that ran in
The Buffalo News
May 1987

Six foot one, eyes of grey
Looking for a guy who’s gay,
Has anybody seen my guy?

I’m back to school at 33,
Working on another degree
Studying hard, staying up late
Striving for a lifelong mate
Has anybody seen my guy?

I’m financially stable
Don’t smoke nor watch cable
Love to cook, hate to clean
Altogether in a body that’s lean
Has anybody seen my guy?

Enigmiastes (version #3.1-8)

(c) April 26, 1996 by Gary M Klein

To every thing there's not a reason, and a proper speed for every port under heaven:

A time to log in, and a time to log out; a time to store, and a time to back up that which is in storage;

A time to kill, and a time to run; a time to break down, and a time to reboot;

A time to creep, and a time to leap; a time to align, and a time to skew;

A time to cache away bits, and a time to gather bits together; a time to encode, and a time to refrain from encoding;

A time to fetch, and a time to put; a time to keep routine, and a subroutine to keep timely;

A time to bend, and a time to fold; a time to keep spindled, and a time to mutilate;

A time for input, and a time for output; a time for conflicts, and a time for peace.

Top Ten Reasons:
Why the Internet is a lot like sex!

(c) April 26, 1996 by Gary M Klein

No matter how much of it that you have, you still proclaim that you can get along without it.

No matter how recently since you last had it, you still want more.

Despite all your statements about having a perfectly fulfilling life without it, you always want more of it.

When the topic surfaces in a conversation with friends, you always get the sense that everyone else is exaggerating their experience.

Too much of it can make you go blind.

Your palms get sweaty at the mere mention of it.

All of the library books covering the topic are always checked out.

Your parents never talked to you about it.

Every time you ask your parents questions about it, they turn green and squirm without ever answering you.

And the #1 reason, Why the Internet is a lot like sex...

You can never find it, when you are looking for it!

What is the difference between
a Curriculum Vita and a Resume?

(c) July 31, 1997 by Gary M Klein

IF it is one or two pages in length, THEN it is a resume.

IF it is over three pages and academically oriented, containing lists of research, books written, articles published, courses taught, and conference presentations, THEN it is a curriculum vita.

IF it is NOT academically oriented and it is three or more pages, THEN it needs to be condensed!

IF it is academically oriented and one or two pages in length, THEN you probably will not get a job in academe!

Last modified August 17,2015

Copyrighted 1995-2015 by:

Gary M. Klein
Mark O. Hatfield Library
Willamette University
Salem, Oregon 97301-3992
office phone #503-370-6743