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A B C Book

2020 ABC Book Now Available

This publication contains a thorough listing of all Oklahoma state agencies. The ABC Book includes listings for Oklahoma elected officers, cabinet, legislature, high courts, and institutions as of September 2020. Each listing includes statutory citations, addresses, phone numbers, and sections on the agency’s mission statement, history, and function.

The printed version will be available later this fall. The ABC is published compliments of the Thomson Reuters and is available—as long as supplies last—for free at ODL’s Allen Wright Memorial Library (200 NE 18 Street, west of Lincoln).

If mailing is required, there is a $2 charge for postage and handling. To request a copy delivered by mail, please call 405/522–3383.

View and download the 2020 ABC Book.

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Disability Awareness & Resources Virtual Workshop

Disability Awareness & Resources Virtual Workshop

Since we are unable to meet in person at this time, we have scheduled a virtual workshop on October 12, 2020 for all librarians who would like to join.

Public and tribal library staff members will get 0.3 CEU credits for attending the morning session and 0.24 CEUs for attending the afternoon session.

Also if you attend, your library will be eligible for a Grant Opportunity from the DDCO to assist with purchase of assistive technology and accessibility tools. We will share more information about this in the workshop.

  • Morning Session (9:30 to noon) – Disability Awareness 
  • Afternoon Session (1:30 to 3:30) – Disability Resources & Tools 

When registering, you have the option to attend the morning session and/or the afternoon session. You can receive CEUs for both.

If you would like to share the information for the afternoon session on Disability Resources with your library patrons, download PDF here.

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Oklahoma Book Festival Canceled

2020 Book Festival Canceled

The 2020 Oklahoma Book Festival, scheduled for November 14, has been canceled by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) and festival organizers due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Connie Armstrong, executive director of ODL’s Oklahoma Center for the Book, and Vicki Mohr, administrator of ODL’s Office of Library Development, made the announcement in a joint statement:

“This was a difficult decision but we believe it is in the best interest of Oklahoma book lovers. It is simply too risky to have any type of in-person event right now, even with safety precautions. Additionally, we do not feel a completely virtual book festival would garner enough audience participation to warrant the costs necessary to put on such programming. The pandemic is also making fundraising and partner recruitment more difficult for non-profits and community events at this time. We are disappointed, but remain enthusiastic about the future of the Oklahoma Book Festival program. Please look for information in the coming months on a 2021 festival.”

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Wright News blog by ODL

ODL Distributes CARES Act Grants to Libraries and Cultural Institutions

ODL has completed distribution of $350,000 in IMLS/CARES Act Grants to institutions and organizations to fund Personal Protective Equipment and improve Digital Inclusion in communities across the state.

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Health Literacy Mustang

ODL’s Health Literacy Initiative Becomes a National Model

As the agency distributes another round of Health Literacy Grants to Oklahoma libraries, the Initiative is attracting national attention. ODL’s efforts will be part of a four-state study into how public libraries are contributing to the health literacy movement.

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