Prior to joining ODL in 1986, Susan McVey served as reference librarian and later director of the library at Oklahoma City University. A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, she earned an MLS degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
McVey became ODL's fourth Director on April 20, 2001 and the first woman to serve in this capacity. She had served as Deputy Director of the Department for the previous five years, supervising several major units of the Agency, including library technology and the branch of ODL located in the State Capitol Building.
McVey worked with the stateâ€™s library community to secure the first statewide access to online reference resources for all Oklahoma libraries. Today, more than 1300 public, school, academic, and special libraries have access to millions of full-text magazine articles and a variety of databases thanks to her efforts. She was involved in the establishment of a state universal fund by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to support access to the Internet at significantly discounted rates for public libraries.
She has been a member of the Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) since 1976 and served as president from 1987-88. McVey is a recipient of OLA's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Association for exemplary service to the state's library community.
McVey has been elected President-Elect of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, an organization of state librarians. She will serve as president in 2008-2010.
Susan McVey accepts the Oklahoma Library Legend Award
from OLA President Pat Weaver-Meyers
April 2, 2007
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