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Glenn F. Miller – Library Director 1970-1995

Glenn F. Miller was born December 5, 1937 in Saginaw, Michigan, 4th of 11 children to Herbert and Evelyn Miller. Miller attended elementary school, junior high and senior high school in Saginaw, Michigan. An avid reader, Miller began clerking in the Saginaw Public Library at age 16. Miller was married to Janice Marie Gase, and they had 3 children, Anne (born in 1964), Thomas E ‘Tom’ (born in 1965), and John J (born in 1966).

ABOVE: Glenn Miller charting growth in October 1974.

In 1958, he began full time work as reference assistant in the Saginaw Public Library while attending college. Miller received his BA in Political Science from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1962, and his MA in Library Science University of Michigan in 1963. After college, he became the city librarian in Southfield, Michigan with the Wayne County Library System.


In June 1969, Glenn Miller and his family moved to Winter Park, Florida, where he became the Assistant Director of the Orlando Public Library and went on to become Director in November 1970, at the age of 32. Miller served for 25 years as library director, retiring in April 1995.

During his time as director, perhaps one of his biggest accomplishments was a 1980 referendum, when voters approved, by a comfortable margin, the creation of a special library tax district, which gives the library extraordinary security and autonomy, and the issue of $22 million in bond issues for the library expansion, allowing The Orlando Public Library to become officially, the Orange County Library System. The photo above is from the Grand Opening special insert in the Orlando Sentinel, August 6, 1986.

Mr. Miller also began nationally recognized innovations such as drive through pickup windows, books by mail, and the sale of used library books. Glenn Miller served as President for the Florida Library Association in 1978 and was also a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, board member of WMFE-TV Channel 24 Public Television, American Library Association, and the Public Library Association and Southeastern Library Association.


ABOVE: Glenn Miller with WMFE-TV Channel 24’s homemade Big Bird costume, circa 1974.

As a member of the board of directors of Orlando’s PBS station – WMFE-TV Channel 24 – Mr. Miller participated in the first Channel 24 Auction broadcast from November 18-23, 1974. The auction site was in an old building at the corner of Colonial and Orange in what is now a parking lot in front of the old Orlando Sentinel building. He seemed to enjoy his new role as an auctioneer, as evidenced in a series of photos taken while he manned the Mayor’s Jewelers board.

ABOVE and BELOW: Auctioneer Glenn Miller at WMFE-TV Channel 24 Auction November 1974.

Glenn Miller retired in March 1995 and staff memorialized some of his favorite expressions, including his references to the average library user he called “Harry Smith.”

After his retirement, Miller wrote a book on library science, “Customer Service & Innovations in Libraries,” published by the Highsmith Press.

Glenn Miller passed away on June 24, 1996 in Knoxville, Tennessee of an apparent heart attack. He was on a vacation trip with his wife. Miller was 58 years old. He was survived by his wife, Janice; daughter, Anne Thompson, Cleveland; sons, John J., Winter Park, Thomas E., Dayton, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Read about Mr. Miller’s accomplishments in the Orlando Public Library 50th Anniversary booklet and the 75th Anniversary booklet.

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Library Director Glenn Miller 1969

Library Director Glenn Miller on the left, December 11, 1969.

Library Expansion Press Release 1986

February 1986 press release from Library Director Glenn Miller announcing the Grand Opening celebration for the Main Library, to be held on...

Director Glenn Miller

Director Glenn Miller

Judy Mucci Award

State Representative Alzo Reddick, parents of Judy Mucci, (water color painting by Glenn Miller, Director.

Glenn F. Miller Plaque

Located in the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando.

Letter from Director Glenn Miller

You can help by calling attention to the Library Referendum in your bulletin before September 9, 1980.

Mr. Glenn Miller - 50th Anniversary Dinner

Library Director, Mr. Glenn Miller - 50th Anniversary Dinner, November 1973.

July 1976 WMFE-TV Membership Guide - Inside Front Cover

I worked as the Promotion Assistant and Traffic Manager for WMFE-TV for a brief period in the 1970s when it was located...

Technical Services Department

The Technical Service Department of the Orange County Library System was located in an annex at 453 North Orange Avenue between Alexander...

Glenn F. Miller - OCLS Library Director 1975-1995

Glenn F. Miller, 3rd director of the Orange County Library System, formerly the Albertson Public Library.

Glenn Miller and John Newson - 1971 John Cotton Dana Award

Board President John Newsom and Director Glenn Miller hold 1971 John Cotton Dana Award, presented to the library in the English-speaking world...

Glenn F. Miller - December 1972

Photograph of Library Director, Glenn F. Miller. Date marked on photo is December 1972.

Glenn F. Miller - 1998

From the 75th Anniversary booklet.

Grand Opening special insert Orlando Sentinel August 6, 1986

Grand Opening special insert Orlando Sentinel August 6, 1986

Glenn Miller - Auctioneer at the Channel 24 Auction

As a member of the Board of Directors of PBS Channel 24, he volunteered to be a guest auctioneer at the...

Glenn Miller - Auctioneer at the Channel 24 Auction

As a member of the Board of Directors of PBS Channel 24, he volunteered to be a guest auctioneer at the...

Glenn Miller - Auctioneer at the Channel 24 Auction

As a member of the Board of Directors of PBS Channel 24, he volunteered to be a guest auctioneer at the...

Glenn Miller - Auctioneer at the Channel 24 Auction

As a member of the Board of Directors of PBS Channel 24, he volunteered to be a guest auctioneer at the...

Glenn Miller - Auctioneer at the Channel 24 Auction

As a member of the Board of Directors of PBS Channel 24, he volunteered to be a guest auctioneer at the...

Friends of the Library "Author Luncheon" 1991

May 1991 - Glenn Miller at the Friends of the Library Author Luncheon.

Glenn Miller - November 1970

Photograph of Glenn Miller - appointed to director of the library in November 1970.

Glenn Miller at WMFE-TV Channel 24

Glenn Miller on the set at Channel 24, WMFE-TV

Glenn Miller - October 1975

Library Director, Glenn Miller in October 1975.

Eileen Willis' Retirement Party

Not sure of the occasion, but Eileen Willis in on the left and Mr. Miller is next to her.

Eileen Willis and Mr. Miller

Not sure of the occasion, but Eileen Willis in on the left and Mr. Miller is next to her.

Glenn Miller with WMFE-TV's Big Bird

Glenn Miller with WMFE-TV's Big Bird, circa 1975

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Orlando Public Library, Glenn Miller, December 1972, Photo

Orlando Public Library, Glenn Miller, December 1972, Photo


50th Anniversary - Orlando Public Library - Souvenir Booklet

Booklet created for the 5oth Anniversary of the Orlando Public Library in 1973.


75th Anniversary Booklet

Booklet created for the 75th Anniversary of the Orlando Public Library in 1998.


Tribute to Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller Tribute upon his retirement in 1995.


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