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Highlights from the 2019 Book Festival

Rain and wind didn’t stop a record crowd from turning out for the 2nd Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, September 21. The day featured national headliners, author panels, poetry readings, book sales and signings, and, of course, Kids Crafts!

Read all about it!


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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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Vicki Sullivan Retires After 35 Years of Service to ODL

Less than a year after Director Susan McVey’s retirement, we’re saying goodbye to our Deputy Director, Vicki Sullivan. Sullivan logged 44 years of service to the State of Oklahoma, including 35 years at ODL, with 17 of those years as second in command. Read on to learn more about Sullivan’s contributions to Oklahoma’s library and state government communities, and why the dome on the State Capitol has a special, serendipitous significance to her professional history.

Read the story on the Wright News.  


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Continuing Education Conference Grant

Attention Librarians:

Apply now for the LSTA Continuing Education Conference Grant! Deadline to submit the application is February 25, 2020!

ODL is accepting applications to send selected Oklahoma public library staff to an annual library conference for continuing education purposes. Applicants will be able to apply for a scholarship to one of these conferences:

Please review all instructions on the form before applying.

FY2020 Conference Grant Application

NOTE: To fill out the application form, please save the form to your computer and open with Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Filling out the PDF application in your browser window instead of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat may prohibit file save or print.

Completed applications should be e-mailed by February 25 to ODL’s Certification Consultant, Wendy Noerdlinger. Send e-mail with “Read Receipt” for confirmation of received application.

This LSTA Grant, offered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is for the purpose of educating library professionals and improving library service in the state. In accordance with the Oklahoma Certification Manual for Public Librarians, the certification program is to ensure that “public libraries in this state be administered and staffed by trained personnel…library staff must increase their skills and knowledge through continuing education in order to keep abreast of development in the information age” in order “to improve library service throughout the state.”