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online training

K- 12 Librarians

EBSCO is offering free training webinars online this fall!

The webinars are meant for K-12 Librarians but anyone can join.

Here are the topics covered:

To see more information about the classes, go to the complete class listing.

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EBSCO Information Services

What’s new with EBSCO?

All of the same EBSCO databases are returning, but four have been revised. Academic Search and Business Source are now available at the Elite Level. (The Oklahoma State Regents may elect to upgrade these databases to Premiere Level for colleges and universities.) Also, MAS Complete and Regional Business News Plus have been upgraded.

In addition, nine new EBSCO databases have been added, bringing the total up to 32 databases.

ODL’s EBSCO resources include 5,646 journals and magazines that deliver full-text articles. Article abstracts are available from 18,732 additional journals and magazines to assist with more in-depth research.

See the alphabetical listing of the databases along with a short description and links to lists of journal titles and subjects.

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census pie chart

Fall Census Workshops

ODL is hosting two Census workshops this fall!

The first workshop,“American FactFinder,” will be held in the Internet Lab at the Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries on November 21, 1:00 – 4:30.

This workshops will include –

  • Data from the 2012 Economic Census is said to exist only for populated places of 2,500 or more. But I will show attendees how to find data about the number of businesses by industry sectors for any populated place of less than 2,500 in Oklahoma that has a Post Office, such as Canton, Gotebo, and Kremlin.
  • Oklahoma has expanded data for 55 more towns than in any previous Economic Census because the reporting threshold was reduced from places with 5,000+ people or jobs to 2,500+ people or jobs.
  • Search economic data by subjects that you might not expect: legal form of organization, gross value of depreciable assets, single unit/multi-unit firms, data processing services, or fringe benefits.
  • Sort economic data by limiters such as “Number of paid employees for pay period.”
  • Search for industries by NAICS codes, such as 211111 “Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Production.”


The next worksop, “2012 Economic Census,” is scheduled in the Internet Lab at ODL on Dec. 14, 1:00 – 4:30.

This workshops will include –

  • Data for where you live and work about people and their characteristics
  • How to find the square mileage of towns and cities and how it can change
  • How to work with Census Dataset Prefixes, such as “B” for American Community Survey (ACS) tables that shows the most data in ACS, or “CP” for Comparison Tables.
  • How to find towns that aren’t large Metropolitan/micropolitan Statistical Areas that are in more than one county


There are no prerequisites for these workshops; all are welcome. This are the last times that these workshops will be offered in the Oklahoma City area. Both workshops will be offered in 2018 in the Tulsa area.

The presenter is Steve Beleu, Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries/ Coordinating Agency of the Oklahoma State Data Center.

For questions or to enroll contact Steve Beleu by email.

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What is EDGE?

What is Edge? How can it help your library?

What is Edge?

Edge is a management and leadership toolkit designed to help public libraries better serve their communities through improved public access technology services. Oklahoma public libraries participate in Edge through a license purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for all public libraries in the state.

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news post for computer classes

Computer & App Training Schedule for Fall

The Fall 2017 ODL Training Schedule is now available! 

You may also view the full training schedule (PDF) or the 2017 schedule at-a-glance (PDF).

If you click on the class dates in the PDF, you will be redirected to the Eventbrite page to register.

Students may be eligible to receive CEUs for attending the training classes which can be used to renew their librarian certification.

ODL’s Office of Library Development provides hands-on classes for computer programs, apps and technology. Training is conducted on computers, iPads and MS Surface Pro tablets in ODL’s Computer Lab!

The classes are free and cover many useful topics. From Historypin to social media and proposal writing to Photoshop, these technology-based classes will help take your library and literacy work to the next level… Also, it’s just plain fun!

Schedules are usually released in the spring and the fall every year. Check back for more class offerings.

For further information, contact Doris Dixon.

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librarianship institute

Register for Librarian Certification Courses

Librarian Certification Classes are now available for registration.

See the complete list of classes
(Or you can download the PDF for the Fall 2017 Schedule.)

Register for each class by clicking on the link for the particular class you want to attend. All registrations are processed online using the Eventbrite service. This online system allows you to verify you are registered. In addition, you can see who else is attending and from where so carpooling opportunities are identified.  There is a class limit of 25 for each class and classes will NOT be held if less than 5 people register. You will be notified by e-mail a week in advance if a class has been cancelled.

If any of the classes are full, you can place your name on a waiting list if you register with an email address. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gabrielson via email or call 405.522.3322.

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LSTA in Oklahoma

LSTA in Oklahoma

Federal library funding has had an important impact on library services in our state. Check out the recent Independent Evaluation of Oklahoma’s LSTA program and review the federally-funded projects that are making a difference in Oklahoma communities large and small.

Read more about the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)… at work in Oklahoma.