Susan McVey retired from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) on February 1, 2019, after 17 years as State Librarian and State Archivist.
McVey became ODL’s Director on April 20, 2001. McVey had served the agency as Deputy Director for the previous five years.
Prior to joining ODL as a legislative reference librarian in 1986, McVey served as a reference librarian and later director of the library at Oklahoma City University. She earned a masters in library science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters in public administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. McVey previously administered the Jan Eric Cartwright Memorial Library, a branch of ODL which was located in the State Capitol Building.
She has been a member of the Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) since 1976 and served as president from 1987-88. Among numerous other offices, she was a former editor of OLA’s publication, The Oklahoma Librarian. McVey has been active in regional and national library professional organizations as well. She is a past president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), an organization of state librarians. McVey is a recipient of OLA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Association for exemplary service to the state’s library community. McVey has also been honored by OLA as an Oklahoma Library Legend.