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Applications Open for OLA Conference Grants

ODL is offering grants to help public library staff attend the 2017 Oklahoma Library Association Conference April 24–26.

Applicants must:

  • be active, certified staff
  • be currently employed in a public library in Oklahoma
  • have earned less than $35,000 in 2016 (gross income)
  • work at a public library or library system that is eligible for State Aid in FY17.

Download Grant Information and Application

Download the OLA Conference Agenda

Grant applications must be submitted via e-mail by March 24.

Due to funding, this will be the only ODL Continuing Education Conference Grant offered this year.

Send your application to our new Certification Specialist, wendy.gabrielson@libraries.ok.gov

Computer Classes | Spring Schedule

Library Development- Free Classes for Spring in the ODL Computer Lab

CANCELLED Dumbed Down Digital Photography for Librarians, part 2

The Spring Schedule for ODL’sComputer Training Lab is here! Librarians and literacy providers can register on Eventbrite. You can also download our PDF of lab classes with links to register. It is first come, first served…So don’t miss out!  Check out the quick list at-a-glance.

You might note that, for the first time, we will be teaching Evernote classes.  The full-blown version could be installed on your home or work computer (free) and then you could download the lighter version to your smartphone tablet.   Everything would sync. Evernote is highly rated and will be extremely helpful in management of all the minutia in your life.

Public Librarianship – Certification Classes

Institute of Public Librarianship

Basic Certification Classes – Spring 2016

  • Current Trends and Legislation
  • Services for Youth
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Computers and Electronic Resources

| Current Trends and Legislation

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the development of Oklahoma libraries
  • legislation
  • State Aid Rules, Levels of Library Development, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • application of local, state and federal legal requirements that affect libraries — e.g. State Aid Rules, LSTA, open meetings, confidentiality, copyright, Americans with Disabilities Act, workplace safety and universal service
  • standard performance measures used in Oklahoma public libraries and their significance in marketing and planning
  • the programs, services and value of professional library associations
  • state/national issues, laws/trends currently affecting Oklahoma’s public libraries

 Current Trends & Legislation, March 22nd, Ada

Current Trends & Legislation, March 24th, Enid

Current Trends & Legislation, April 6th, Coweta

Current Trends & Legislation, April 7th, Marlow

| Services for Youth 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the stages of childhood and adolescent development
  • ethical issues involved in reference service, including confidentiality, objectivity and limitations on interpreting information provided to youth
  • effective reference interview skills, including the analysis of requests and the design of search strategies
  • techniques to establish a welcoming atmosphere and actively encourage children’s and young adults’ participation in library programs and resources
  • the skills needed to fulfill information requests through access to the general collection, digital and community resources, and other libraries and agencies
  • the characteristics of basic types of reference tools

Services for Youth, April 12th, Atoka

Services for Youth, April 13th, El Reno

Services for Youth, April 19th, Miami

Services for Youth, April 20th, Lawton

| Interpersonal Skills 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the importance of good interpersonal communication skills and how those skills are practiced in libraries
  • leadership skills of use to librarians
  • concepts of effective customer service (using Oklahoma examples)
  • practical techniques for dealing with problem customers

Interpersonal Skills, April 26th, Okmulgee

Interpersonal Skills, April 27th, Hobart

Interpersonal Skills, May 3rd, Fairview

Interpersonal Skills, May 4th, Antlers

| Computers and Electronic Resources 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • standard components of a technology plan and internet use policies
  • computer terminology and the latest in library technology
  • techniques for effective file management and retrieval of computer-based data
  • basic searching skills to find information on the world wide web and the statewide databases
  • resources available to libraries through the statewide databases
  • social networking

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 10th, Muskogee

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 12th, Oklahoma City ODL

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 17th, Ardmore

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 19th, Clinton


The Continuing Education Grant provides funding for active certified librarians to attend their choice of a library conference offered in 2016.  The choices are:

  • Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) conference in Tulsa, OK, March 30 – April 1, 2016
  • Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Houston, TX, April 19 – 22, 2016

Applications are due February 26, 2016.

Grants will be awarded to library staff meeting the eligibility requirements.  See more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.  For questions, contact us.


E-Rate Workshops

From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This full day workshop is designed to help you get better acquainted with the new e-rate portal, OUSF and new Category 2 funding.  You will also have a chance to file your 470 in the afternoon.

It is highly recommended that you be registered for EPC before attending the workshop.

Please bring a laptop or tablet if you plan to fill out your 470 at this workshop. Let your consultant know if you do not have a laptop available.

Topics include:

  • OUSF
  • E-Rate Portal (EPC)
  • EPC – registration and rights
  • Forms
  • Cat2
  • FAQs/ Tips & Tricks

Lunch noon to 1:30 – off site, on your own

Prior Grants

Community Health Improvement Grant

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of this Institute for Museum and Library Services and State of Oklahoma competitive grant to Oklahoma Public Librarians who wish to improve the health outcomes in their service area. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. Below you will find the details pertaining to this grant.

The grant submission deadline is September 30, 2015.

You will use the following for reporting purposes after a grant is awarded:

Recipients should send all inquiries to:

Judy Tirey
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 Northeast 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
Email or call 405.522.3317