Kellogg was hired by the ODL Board on December 14, 2018 to succeed Susan McVey, who retired January 31, 2019 after 17 years as director. Kellogg began her duty as ODL director on February 4, 2019.
The Enid-native brings with her a three-decade long portfolio of public service in libraries, state government, local government, and the non-profit sector. She is Oklahoma’s fifth State Librarian and State Archivist since ODL was created in 1967 when the State Library merged with the Oklahoma Libraries Commission.
Kellogg’s public service path began in 1985 when she began a 13-year tenure with the Main Street Program at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She was promoted to assistant director in 1988 and later led the program as its director.
In 1999 she joined the City of Guthrie as special projects coordinator, kicking off a decade of local government experience. In 2002, the Guthrie City Manager asked Kellogg to become director of the Guthrie Public Library.
She completed her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies through the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and served three more years at the library before becoming City Manager of Guthrie, directing a city workforce of 115, and developing and administering the municipality’s $18 million budget.
After a two-year stay at a non-profit church ministry where she served as assistant to the organization’s director, she returned to libraries in 2011 when she was hired to manage the Edmond Branch Library for Oklahoma County’s Metropolitan Library System. By 2015 she was serving as a Regional Director for Metropolitan, supervising three of the system’s library branches. A year later other departments were added to her responsibilities, including a new call center and the team responsible for system-wide programming.
Kellogg’s leadership abilities have also been recognized and rewarded by her library colleagues in the state. She was elected president of the Oklahoma Library Association for 2016-2017 and represented the association and Oklahoma’s libraries on the national level.
Contact Melody Kellogg with the ODL Contact Form.