Category Archives: Online Services

How Edge Began, and How Oklahoma Helped Lead the Way

On February 23, 2011 in Seattle, Washington, Representatives of ODL attended a meeting at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with other organizations to kick-off the creation of Public Access Technology “benchmarks” to help public libraries sustain and improve the information technology services they provide to their communities.

The impetus for this meeting was the Gates Foundation’s decision to end the U.S. Public Library Program, its first major philanthropic venture—a venture that had provided thousands of American public libraries with computers, software, and technology training opportunities. The Foundation would no longer be offering technology grants, and it wanted to provide a way for public libraries to keep marching forward with technology services.

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Update on EBSCO Premiere Databases

Updated with new information from previous post on October 6th.

EBSCO logoAcademic Search Premiere and Business Source Premier access for Oklahoma’s public and school (K-12) libraries will continue through June 30, 2017.

Following a meeting with EBSCO representatives last week, we are pleased to announce that Academic Search Premiere and Business Source Premier access for Oklahoma’s public and school (K-12) libraries will Continue reading Update on EBSCO Premiere Databases

Our First Post: The Road to libraries.ok.gov

ODL website announcementWelcome to the Wright News, a blog that will report on projects and programs of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, share news and views from the world of libraries, and post various and sundry other items of interest to our community. Our blog is named after our building on 200 N.E. 18th Street in Oklahoma City—the Allen Wright Memorial Library, which is named after the Choctaw Chief credited with coming up with the word “Oklahoma.”

The launch of our new blog coincides with the launch of ODL’s new website, located at libraries.ok.gov, and these launches come one year after our new Online Media Manager,  Fara Taylor,  joined ODL to resuscitate our web and social media presences.

While the agency has developed and subscribed to a good number of online information services for our customers, the good ol’ ODL website was stuck in the 1990’s. It was like a member of the brat pack with left-over big 80’s hair walking onto a 21st century movie set. The styles had changed. We were out of date. It was time to cut off that big hair and get a new wardrobe.

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