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How State Aid Makes a Difference

For Oklahoma’s public libraries, State Aid payments can mean everything from enhancing services to keeping the doors open. Although we don’t know what these difficult state budget times have in store for the future of State Aid, we do know what a difference the program has made over the years.

A bit of history…

Oklahoma’s State Aid efforts have been going on nearly 50 years, and the payments have been leveraged to help raise the level of library services across the state.

In the late 1960’s funds budgeted for State Aid were offered to a limited number of libraries through an application process. By the late 1970s, a larger legislative appropriation and a robust State Aid Rules and Regulations policy allowed payments to all “eligible” libraries, which served to increase the number of public libraries that became “legally-established” as part of their local government. These libraries continue to be motivated to meet service criteria based on the populations they serve.

The use of State Aid funds as an incentive for establishing—and then elevating—basic library services has proven successful time and time again. Over the years, the promise of State Aid funding has encouraged libraries to schedule evening and weekend hours of operation, to hire degreed directors, to establish various policies and strategic plans, and acquire various technologies for use by the public—from fax machines and photocopiers to public access internet.

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Summer Winners, Fall Classes, and More!

Hot news from ODL… quite appropriate on such a hot day! In our first “In Brief” posting on the Wright News:

Congrats to Young Winners in the Summer Newspaper Contest
Enrollment Opens for Fall Certification Classes
Oklahoma Book Award Announces Call for Entries
Next Literary Landmark Honors a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Summer Readers Score!

Summer Newspaper Contest Winner Julianne R. of Oklahoma City.
Julianne R. of Oklahoma City shows off her new Kindle E-reader, the grand prize in the Summer Reading Newspaper Contest, sponsored by The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition. Julianne is pictured with Ashley Howard, Bailey Huntsman, Angela Meade, and Brooke Marley.

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