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GladysAnn WellsGladysAnn Wells

State Librarian and Director
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

GladysAnn Wells, Director and State Librarian of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records since 1997, is responsible for statewide collaboration of libraries, archives, public records, and museums.  The Arizona State Library provides direct service through six divisions and five state wide commissions. 

Recognized for excellence in e-government by the Library of Congress and successful in the completion of a premiere State Archives and History preservation, treatment and access facility, the State Library has also raised $61 million for Arizona since 1997.

Ms. Wells began as a research aide in 1972, and then became a Legislative Reference Librarian at the New York State Library.  She then served the Senate Research Service as editor, researcher, and Senate Librarian.  She contributed to domestic and international legislation. The United States Agency for International Development, enlisted her to evaluate legislative information patterns, analyze needs, and develop a legislative information plan for the Republic of Bolivia.

Ms. Wells has received numerous honors and awards and has been recognized for her dedication to cultural institutions in Arizona as well as for her distinguished career with the New York State Library. 

Ms. Wells received her B.A. at Greensboro College, and her Masters Library Science at the State University of New York at Albany.  She is an avid equestrian competing in dressage and combined driving.