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Jan Swanson Loper Barris
Lead Writer
IBM 1401 Reference Manual


EDUCATION: BS - Syracuse University - Business Administration - Marketing


Responsibilities ranged from one-on-one customer service (systems engineering) and training of such customers as Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb to product planning and development of major IBM systems starting with the 1401 and ending with the System 38.

! Installed data processing systems in individual customer sites; and trained DP managers and operators in the successful use of the equipment. Taught group customer classes in control panel wiring, machine operation and programming.

! Wrote hardware and software manuals for users of the IBM 1401, 1440, and 1410 Data Processing Systems. Planned and supervised preparation of same type of manuals for the entry-level IBM System/360.

! Wrote hardware and software manuals used by approximately 30,000 users of the IBM 1401, 1440, and 1410 Data Processing Systems. Supervised preparation of same type of manuals for the entry-level IBM System/360.

! Planned and managed the development of support materials for the IBM 1500 Instructional System. Taught educators in the U. S. and Europe how to prepare curriculum for Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI). Served as a consultant to the U. S. Office of Education in planning educational technology directions for the 70s. Conceived the education system of the future in an IBM Fellow Program dedicated to educational research and development of interactive video technology, computer managed instruction and computer assisted instruction. The man honored in the Fellow Program was National Medal of Technology recipient, Reynold B. Johnson, who retired in 1971 with more than 90 IBM patents, including the RAMAC disk storage devices (hard disks), the test scoring machine, and the video cassette technology.

! Planned the design and implementation of the information delivery system used to sell and install the Industry Application Programs (IAPs) developed for mass marketing of the IBM systems 32, 34, and 38. Conceived and directed the planning of an online user information system for the System/38.

1979-1984 CITICORP

Vice President and Director of Communications. Managed staff of professionals responsible for publications and educational programs. These communications programs were used to market software programs to executives of more than 14,000 Banks and Bank Holding Companies nationwide, and to teach end-users how to install and operate the software products productively and efficiently.


Principal. Executive in charge of Research, Development and Consulting services. Responsible also for directing client consulting activities in the area of organizational development, process management, information program planning and development of operational, reference and educational information bases and publications. Conceived and developed the Information Integrators.

M-Power system C a "mega System" for organizational development, process management, project management, system development and information management, as well as creation and use of self-directed learning programs.



IBM Outstanding Contribution Award (modular communications)
IBM Informal Award (strategic plan development-Education Systems)
Member, IBM Reynold B. Johnson and Roy Harper Fellow Programs
Chapter President of American Business Women's Association
Area Vice President of Technical/Engineering Council, N.Y.
International Director of Data Processing Management Association,
Who's Who in Society (for professional achievement)
Mount Ida College, Honorary PHD (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Alpha Xi Delta (National) Woman of Distinction.
Who's Who: Of American Women
Who’s Who in Media and Communications
Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity (National) Foundation Trustee