Ms. Susan C. McVey
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 N.E. 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
State library website:
“Improving literacy at all ages remains a high priority. Technology will be the means for statewide initiatives that support education, workforce development, and knowledge of our cultural heritage. We’ll increase broadband speed and add videoconferencing services for patrons’ job-seeking efforts and for library staff training.”
--Susan C. McVey, Director, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Read the Oklahoma Department of Libraries interview with IMLS.
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
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This statewide project encouraged the development of emergent and family literacy initiatives by providing three workshops on techniques and strategies for librarians, as well as resources for public libraries and adult literacy programs throughout the state. The workshops were led by nationally-recognized experts, and included handouts, manuals, hand puppets, flannel story board patterns, a CD of story time songs, and a bag of easy, low-cost craft projects for use with children and parents. Sixty libraries and literacy programs participated, and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provided mini-grants to 38 of them. As libraries implemented their programs, 3,635 children received books to keep, and more than 3,958 parents gained experience with at least five early literacy strategies to use with their children.
IMLS Funds: $27,324
Grant funds supported patron access to e-books and online audiobooks through the Oklahoma Virtual Library, a consortium of 34 public libraries that serve populations of less than 100,000. The project funded 250 new e-books and 23 new audiobooks for the collection. It also provided e-readers to eight member libraries, which were used for demonstrations on how to check out and download e-books. With local material budgets declining, this statewide project helped meet and sustain the needs of a rapidly growing clientele of e-book users. This is of particular value to those who live in rural areas and those whose physical disabilities limit their ability to use print materials or physically access the library.
IMLS Funds: $10,000
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Oklahoma's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 318KB). View all states' plans.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
Oklahomans of all ages at risk due to educational, economic, physical, and social conditions will find resources and opportunities at their libraries for acquiring basic information skills.
Offer computer literacy courses to give Oklahomans the opportunity to realize the many benefits computers offer and encourage adoption of computer use at home.
Educational opportunities via videoconferencing/webcast for distance learning will include:
Online college courses.
Continuing education/professional certification courses.
Expanded/enhanced K-12 curriculum programs.
Access to E-Resources
Accelerate the move from print to online content by evaluating the possibility of joining a larger purchasing unit with the publicly funded academic libraries and/or national consortium.
Increase the availability of high-quality information in digital format.
Develop online library resources on Oklahoma culture and history to supplement educational requirements, facilitate learning, and preserve state and community historic content.
Form digital partnerships with museums and archives and all types of libraries to coordinate and promote digital collections statewide and to enable participation in national digital collections.
Economic and Employment Development
Local libraries will actively use videoconferencing equipment to provide job skills training and enable online interviews.
Local libraries will offer access to basic communication tools, such as e-mail, virtual phone numbers, and voicemail services, so that users can be reached in multiple formats by prospective employers.
Local libraries will actively use videoconferencing equipment to allow small businesses to communicate globally with users and partners.
Healthcare workers will use videoconferencing as a means of continuing education/staying current in their professional fields.
Ensure that library staff has the skills, knowledge, and resources to meet the education, information, research, economic, cultural, and civic needs of the individuals in their communities.
Marketing and Market Research
Encourage and actively market distance learning opportunities through videoconferencing to empower Oklahomans in rural areas to participate in online education available anywhere in the state or the world.
Provide reliable electronic access to high-quality information resources and services through enhancing libraries’ technology capabilities.
Form partnerships with other agencies, foundations, and the private sector to support libraries as strong community anchors that present cultural opportunities for the public.
Access to Government Information
Encourage the use of tax software and offer online and in-person training on filing taxes online and filling out other online government forms.
Form partnerships with other agencies, foundations, and the private sector to support libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality.
Identify and form partnerships with other agencies that have intersecting priorities and expertise and develop ways to work together to solve community-wide problems and challenges.
Provide continuing education opportunities for literacy volunteers and literacy program administrators.
Special Services for Special Needs
Increase use of library services by Oklahomans whose primary language is not English or those who come from diverse geographical, cultural, or socioeconomic backgrounds by training staff, supporting increased resources, and encouraging cooperation with community groups and agencies.
Provide consultation to state institution libraries as well as the purchase of books.
Health and Social Services Information
Encourage patron attendance at videoconferences that feature national medical specialists discussing areas of special interest.
At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Oklahoma's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 6,293KB). View all states' evaluations.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Oklahoma's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).