Congratulations to Hui-Fen Chang, ACRL member of the week!

December 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Posted in ACRL, conference, librarians, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

Hui-Fen Hui-Fen Chang was featured as ACRL’s Member of the Week.  She is a member of OKACRL, and presented a poster at the conference in November.  It was really cool to see an Oklahoma librarian featured.


2009 Fall conference – save the date!

July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

The plans for the 2009 OKACRL Fall conference are coming together.

  • Nov. 6, 2009
  • Libraries and marketing
  • Tulsa
  • More details coming soon!

We will have poster sessions, the call for posters will be out soon.

Congratulations to Misty Smith from OSU Stillwater – she won the drawing for a free conference registration!

Fall Conference Report

December 4, 2008 at 11:12 am | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

2008 Board and Conference speakers 

On Friday, November 14, 2008, the Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall Conference at the new Training and Education Center on the Rose State College campus. The conference title was How Secure is Your Security? Library Security, Safety Planning and Policies.

Tragic headlines about violence on campuses cause everyone to wonder – could it happen here?  Security and disaster preparedness continues to be a major planning effort on college and university campuses.  Libraries may need to develop their own specialized plans.  To address this topic, we brought in two excellent speakers.  Miriam Kahn founded MBK Consulting in 1991, which specializes in preservation and disaster response for libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and other cultural institutions.  She has written a number of books on disaster response for libraries and archives.  Her most recent, The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response, was published by ALA in June.  David Dagg is Head of Security & Facility Operations at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.  He has decades of experience in safety and security.  He has managed security for institutions with high public usage since 1989.

Miriam Kahn and David Dagg compare notes

The conference opened with Miriam Kahn outlining measures to secure your library and its collections.  Some of her key points were to evaluate risks, develop a plan, put it in writing, and test the plan.  She stressed that a security or disaster plan is not something to be done once and filed away.  It must be reevaluated on a regular basis and stored in several locations for easy access.

When conference attendees returned from the lunch break, there were poster sessions to check out.  The posters featured a report on the state of information literacy instruction in Oklahoma, disaster planning at the Tulsa Community College Learning Resource Center, and a unique resource sharing service developed between a university library and a public library in Claremore, Oklahoma.

The afternoon session was started by David Dagg.  He discussed basic tenets of personal security and safety.  His description of a safety pyramid was interesting: building on a foundation of understanding criminals and taking basic safety measures, a person builds their way up to knowledge of self-worth and boundaries.  Dagg also provided us with tips for dealing with difficult people and handling threatening situations.

After a break, Miriam Kahn came back to discuss disaster planning.  When developing a disaster plan, you must form a chain of command and give members the authority they need to act in the event of a disaster.  Some of her interesting suggestions were to:

  • designate one spokesperson for the library who will keep all media positive
  • if you solicit donations after a disaster, always ask for money – never for books
  • keep in mind your library’s mission and services when developing your disaster plan
  • crisis counseling for your staff should be built in to the plan.

Librarians shared stories about plans they had developed and incidents that had happened in their libraries.  Attendants varied from library administrators to front line staff, academic and public institutions.  It was a varied and interesting group.

Conference attendees visit poster presentations

Poster Sessions at the Fall Conference

December 4, 2008 at 11:02 am | Posted in conference, librarians, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

COIL posterThe Results are In! : COIL Reports on the State of Info-Lit Instruction in Oklahoma

In February 2008, the COIL group conducted a survey of college and university instruction librarians and library instruction programs throughout the state. This session will highlight the results gleaned from the 74 librarian respondents and 37 institutions that
provided program input.

Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians, various members

What Will Your Library do When Disaster Strikes? Tulsa Community College Learning Resource Center’s Odyssey Through Disaster PlanningMiriam Kahn checks out a poster

Armed with a disaster planning book and a committee, the Metro Campus Learning Resources Center at Tulsa Community College embarked on the development of a comprehensive plan in case of disaster.  This poster session seeks to inform other libraries of the process that the committee experienced and the lessons learned. The session focuses on the reality of planning, the kinds of questions/challenges that arise while planning, and the interaction between the LRC and other departments in the college.

Adam Brennan, LRC Assistant II, Tulsa Community College
Casey Ashe, LRC Supervisor Metro Campus, Tulsa Community College
Jan Riggs, LRC Assistant Supervisor and Reference Librarian, Tulsa Community College

Resource sharing posterTwo Libraries, University and Public, Better Serving the Communities of Claremore and Rogers County.

A unique resource sharing service that began in January 2007 between Rogers State University Stratton Taylor Library and Will Rogers Library in Claremore provides patrons timely access to the resources of both libraries.

The service allows patrons to submit Interlibrary Loan requests at their primary library and pick up the material at the partner library. 

The program makes resource sharing between the libraries simple, seamless and pleasant.   When users pick up their ILL requests, they are encouraged to enjoy the surroundings of their partner library, browse the collection, and meet the staff.

The resource sharing agreement also benefits collection development by allowing the libraries to donate materials more suitable to their partner library.

Janice Ferris, Public Services Librarian, Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University
Charles Chessher, Library Assistant, Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University

Conference reminder

October 11, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

Conference registration forms are available here.

Rates for registration are as follows:
$50 for OK-ACRL members (paid 2008 membership dues in ACRL or OK-ACRL)
$65 for non-members
$20 for students

A note about membership: national ACRL members are automatically members of OK-ACRL.  If you are not a national ACRL member, OK-ACRL membership dues are $15, valid for a calendar year, January 1 through December 31. 

OKACRL Conference – November 14

September 23, 2008 at 10:49 am | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | 1 Comment

How Secure is Your Security?

Library Security, Safety Planning and Policies 

Mark your calendars for the annual OKACRL conference, Nov. 14, 2008.  The conference will be held at the new Training and Education Center on the Rose State Campus.   

Our keynote speaker is Miriam Kahn, consultant and author of “The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning and Response”, published by ALA in 2008.

Registration forms coming soon. 

OKACRL Conference – Call for Posters

September 23, 2008 at 10:15 am | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

Call for Poster Sessions at the OK-ACRL Annual Conference, November 14, 2008

Training and Education Center, Rose State College

This year the OK-ACRL Annual Conference will feature poster sessions either on the conference theme of library security or on other innovative projects, services, research, or initiatives at your library that you would like to share with your colleagues.  Library students are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Submit your 200 word max. abstract along with contact information on presenters by October 6, 2008 to Laura Teske (lteske at  Word document attachments or plain text emails are acceptable; please put “OK-ACRL poster session” in subject line.

Final selection of posters to be offered at conference will be made by October 20


  • At least one of the authors must be present during the assigned time to answer questions and discuss the contents of the display with conference attendees 

  • Poster presentations can introduce unique collections or services, discuss a problem and the research, action, or methodology used to solve that problem, or outline findings of research or study 

  • Displays should be visually appealing (charts, photographs, diagrams, graphics, illustrations, etc.) and should also clearly state the purpose of the display 

  • Presenters can also bring handouts or other supplementary materials (no duplication services will be provided) and a sign-up sheet to record names and addresses of attendees who would like additional information 

  • There will also be table space for participants to place handouts or other supplementary materials

  • These are the only materials that will be provided to participants 

  • Presenters must bring their own materials to mount their displays or have their displays already mounted on their own poster board

  • There will be no electrical outlets available but authors can bring laptops, etc.

David Silver’s September Project

August 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

I learned from the Librarian in Black that OKACRL’s very own 2007 conference speaker, David Silver, has announced his annual September Project: Connecting the world one library at a time.

5th Annual September Project

From the wonderful David Silver at the University of San Francisco, the following announcement:

Welcome to the 5th annual September Project! The September Project is a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September. September Project events are free and organized locally.

In 2004, we began the September Project to break the silence following September 11, and to invite all people into libraries to consider topics of patriotism, democracy, and citizenship. Initially, events focused on September 11 and largely took place on September 11. As the project evolved, events spread throughout the month of September and focused on issues of freedom and democracy.

To date, public, academic, school, and government libraries around the world have organized September Project book displays, community book readings, children’s art projects, film screenings, theatrical performances, civic deliberations, voter registrations, murals, panel discussions, and so much more. What will this year bring? How can you participate? Organize an event at your library, and tell us about it! We’ll post all events on this site as they develop around the world.

The September Project: Connecting the world one library at a time

Time to renew

February 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Posted in OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

2008 is well under way and it is time to make sure you have renewed your OK-ACRL membership!  Forms are available on the OK-ACRL page.

Conference 2007 in Review

December 14, 2007 at 9:29 am | Posted in conference, OK-ACRL | Leave a comment

We’ve all had a very busy fall and time flies, but let’s look back at some of the highlights from our OK-ACRL conference last month. Thanks to all the speakers and presenters for their efforts: it was a very informative, fun day in Tulsa!

The Oklahoma Chapter held its 2007 annual conference on Monday, November 5 on the campus of Oklahoma State University—Tulsa. This year’s topic was “Eyes Forward and Hands On: Gearing Up for 2.0 in Oklahoma,” and featured keynote addresses by Dr. David Silver, Asst. Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, and Dr. Lynn Connaway, Senior Research Scientist at OCLC. The program provided an overview of how Web 2.0 is affecting academic libraries and the expectations of our customer base. David discussed the culture of Web 2.0 and how academic libraries are contributing to this new world of interactive online content (and how even offline content can help increase interaction with our patrons). Lynn presented the findings of her research on faculty and student expectations in the digital age, and how academic libraries are seeking to meet those expectations.

In the afternoon we have a series of poster sessions on different projects and initiatives being undertaken at Oklahoma libraries: Frederic Murray and Erin Ingraham (SWOSU) on Pecha Kucha at the Library, Robin Leech (OSU) on IM Reference, and Linda Summers (NSU-BA) on the NSU-Broken Arrow Library Blog. Following the poster sessions we had six breakout sessions presented by Oklahoma librarians on various Web 2.0 technologies: IM reference products (Jason Dupree, SWOSU), Blogging (Adri Edwards-Johnson, Pioneer Library System), and Tagging (Jason Cimock, UCO), Aquabrowser (Anne Prestamo, OSU), Getting a Library Presence in Course Management Systems (Roy Degler, OSU), and Animoto (Jason Dupree, SWOSU).

Here are some photos–more to come!

David Silver

David Silver

Lynn Connaway

Lynn Connaway

Business Meeting
Business Meeting

Robin Leech
Robin Leech

Adri Edwards-Johnson
Adri Edwards-Johnson

Jason Dupree
Jason Dupree

Fall Colors at OSU-Tulsa

We had over 60 people in attendance, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to the OK-ACRL board members and OSU-Tulsa for helping ensure that the conference ran like clockwork!

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