Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Oklahoma Department of Libraries Wins National Award

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Oklahoma Department of Libraries Wins National Award

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The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) has been awarded the

Federal Depository Library of the Year award by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The award, which has been given annually since 2003, goes to a library that creatively and innovatively provides the general public with access to government information.

"What we really look for," says GPO Acting Superintendent of Documents Ric Davis, "[are] elements related to outstanding promotion of public services. We look for what effect the library has on their community."

ODL was given the award for its workshop series, which reached libraries throughout Oklahoma and the region.

"Back in 2001, our reference librarian and I began talking about how the internet was affecting libraries," says Steve Beleu, director of ODL's U.S. Government Information Division. "Everything had changed, whether we knew it or not. What I remember saying to her is, if [users] aren't going to come to us, we've got to start going to them."

Since then, ODL has set up workshops to train librarians on how to navigate the government's sometimes confusing public information system. …

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