Immediately after the
Oklahoma Department of Libraries Board of Directors appointed Vicki Sullivan as
the agency’s deputy director on March 1, 2002, Sullivan and her colleagues were
driving down Lincoln Boulevard to go to a celebratory lunch.
When approaching the State
Capitol Building, former ODL Webmanager Michael O’Hasson brought up a story
from Sullivan’s past: while applying for the Deputy Director job at the
Oklahoma Historical Society, word came back to her that one OHS board member
had quipped, “There’ll be a woman as deputy director of this agency when that
capitol has a dome on it!”
While passing the capitol
building in 2002, seeing the long-awaited dome rising above the scaffolding, it
was impossible not to laugh at the irony and the serendipity.
Sullivan officially retired
from state service on October 31, and staff held a reception to thank her for
her long service to the agency and the state. In addition to serving more than
17 years as Deputy, she also headed the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse and
the Office of Government Information. In addition to her service at the
Historical Society, she also logged some time at the Department of Human
Services—before embarking on a library career—bringing her total years of
service with the State of Oklahoma to 44.
Now in its eighth year, Oklahoma’s Health Literacy Initiative is attracting almost 20,000 participants annually
It’s Thursday morning in Mustang, and the local public library is welcoming 82 participants to Mustang Town Center for the first of six classes on Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese exercise that helps people improve their balance, movement, and memory.
A rainy morning and a day where the wind came sweeping down the plains didn’t stop a record crowd from turning out for the 2nd Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, September 21.
Festival vendor Factor 110 estimates more than 3,000 individuals headed to the Oklahoma City Boathouse District to hear the 100+ presenters from Oklahoma and across the nation as they discussed their latest books—an increase from last year’s estimate of more than 2,500 in attendance.
Headliners were the big draw, with a total of 427 people attending sessions in the Ida Sutton Williams Headliner Tent to hear presentations on popular current titles, from Scott Pelley’s Truth Worth Telling, to WK Stratton’s book on the movie The Wild Bunch, to Mystery writer Anne’s Hillerman’s latest work, The Tale Teller.
Many in Oklahoma’s library community celebrate her for another reason. Holmes was a founder and first president of the Friends of the Guthrie Public Library. She also served as a delegate from Guthrie to the 1978 Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Libraries (which led to creation of the statewide friends group, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma) and a delegate from Oklahoma to the 1979 White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
Melody Kellogg, new director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL), brings with her a three-decade long portfolio of public service in libraries, state government, local government, and the non-profit sector.
Kellogg was hired by the ODL Board in December to succeed Susan McVey, who retired January 31 after 17 years as director. As the agency’s chief officer, Kellogg will work with ODL staff and Oklahoma’s library community to continue to build and improve library and information services for all Oklahomans.
She is Oklahoma’s fifth State Librarian and State Archivist since ODL was created in 1967 when the State Library merged with the Oklahoma Libraries Commission.
ODL Board Chair Phil Moss said Kellogg’s extensive experience in a variety of public service settings was instrumental in setting her apart during the interviewing process.
“Melody brings a unique combination of backgrounds and skills to ODL,” Moss said. “I think her work as a public servant at both the state and municipal levels will benefit the agency, and her various experiences in libraries are also noteworthy. Plus, she has a passion for libraries and the important services they provide to the state and its communities.”
Kellogg’s public service path began in 1985 when she began a 13-year tenure with the Main Street Program at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She was promoted to assistant director in 1988 and later led the program as its director.