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agenda for ODL Board

ODL Board Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Board of Directors will be held:

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

Oklahoma Department of Libraries

South Conference Room, 200 NE 18 Street

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


View the Agenda.

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Webinar: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library

Mark your calendars for January 8.

In this webinar, learn how libraries in Oklahoma are growing community health literacy through programs for all ages.

Your library can play a central role in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy. This means increasing people’s capacity to obtain and understand basic health information that leads to appropriate health decisions and connection with services. Library programs directed toward children, teens, adults, and families deliver credible health information and activities that boost wellness.

Presenter Marcia Johnson, director of the Miami Public Library, will talk about how the library has made health literacy a central part of its operations, offering everything from diabetes prevention to yoga classes, as well healthy cooking demonstrations and even a community garden.

Presenter Leslie Gelders, director of ODL’s Literacy Resource Office, will discuss how the Department of Libraries has fostered health literacy throughout Oklahoma, forging partnerships at state and local levels.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Let’s Move in Libraries.

Presented by: Noah Lenstra, Let’s Move in Libraries, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Leslie A. Gelders, Literacy Administrator, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office, Oklahoma Department of Libraries; and Marcia Johnson, Library Director, Miami (OK) Public Library

See how to register.

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Financial Fitness

Financial Fitness Programs near you

The Financial Fitness program is a FREE interactive financial education workshop series that can help anyone learn about money, develop a budget, save for college, plan for retirement and much more.

Free financial fitness programs are being planned at public libraries around the state.

Look for a Financial Fitness Program near you.

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Download the Call for Entries

Time to Enter the Book Awards

Authors, illustrators, photographers and book designers… Download the call for entries for the 2019 Oklahoma Book Awards!

Books considered for this award must have an Oklahoma-based theme, or entrants must live or have lived in Oklahoma. Books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Entries must be received by January 4, 2019.

Finalists will be notified in March. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Friday, April 12, 2019.

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Research and Discovery, featuring EBSCO & Britannica

Research & Discovery on Digital Prairie

Try out the Research + Discovery section on Digital Prairie.

  • The Research + Discovery page is part of Oklahoma Digital Prairie, ODL’s electronic library that also houses state publications, digital collections and a state government search engine.
  • The Research & Discovery service offers geolocation access to more than 30 EBSCO digital resources.
  • The Research + Discovery page also has links to the Britannica School encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students. Unlike the EBSCO links, you will still need to set up a username and password to access Britannica from home. Contact your local library to request access to Britannica.
  • ODL uses a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to purchase statewide licenses for EBSCO and Britannica services.

Contact your local public library to see how you can to access this and other online resources and databases.