Janet E. Klaas

Honored by:Erwin E. Klaas
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Janet Engler Klaas was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 6, 1941. She attended Paseo High School and graduated from the University of Kansas City in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in language and literature. She worked in market research with a bank for a year then earned her Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver in 1965. She has worked in a number of libraries including the University of California at Long Beach and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Janet came to Ames in 1975. She served as Director of the Engineering Reading Room in Marston Hall from 1977 until 1979 when she joined the Reference and Government Documents Department in the Main Library. She resigned from Iowa State University in 1987 and worked for a short time as a proof-reader for Iowa State University Press. Since 1988 she has been an information services librarian for the Ames Public Library.

Janet enjoys finding answers for people regardless of the nature of the question. Her specialty is local history and she has worked extensively with the photograph collection that Ames historian Farwell Brown donated to the library.

She has worked with Brown in organizing and indexing the photographs in an effort to preserve the community's history. Janet and her husband Erv have three grown children Zak who lives in New Orleans; Ben a graduate student at Iowa State: and Abby a sophomore at the University of Iowa.