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Marcia Lowell (1977-1982)
State Librarian Marcia Lowell
With the retirement of Eloise Ebert, Marcia Lowell became the sixth State Librarian in 1977.  One of the first changes during her tenure was the addition of Braille to the Oregon Talking Books collection.  Prior to 1978 the collection contained no Braille, but due to requirements from the Library of Congress, Talking Books started to add it to their collection.
In 1981, the State Library suffered a severe cutback in services due to a 10 percent budget cut by the Governor and an additional 10 percent cut by the Legislature.  As a result, assistance to out-of-state residents and telephone reference to individuals was curtailed.  Though services were cut in some areas, the library became a joint Oregon state affiliate of the National Cartographic Information Center in 1981.  The library acted as the main source of information in Oregon concerning maps and data produced by the NCIC.
Marcia Lowell left the Library in 1982 and Kay Grassing stepped in as the Acting State Librarian until a replacement was found.