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Resolution in Support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries
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Resolution

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries serves the citizens of Oklahoma by providing excellent information services and by creating and preserving unique government information resources; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries saves the taxpayers of Oklahoma millions each year by consolidating services such as licensing information databases and providing Interlibrary Loan services that many libraries could not otherwise afford; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries directly and indirectly supports legislative and gubernatorial goals such as Healthy Citizens and Strong Families, Educated Citizens and Exemplary Schools, Safe Citizens and Secure Communities, Prosperous Citizens and Thriving Economy, and Effective Services and Accountable Government by providing free and open access to information in a variety of formats; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provides unique, comprehensive, and specialized training education, and professional development to library professionals and para-professionals across the state, thereby assuring quality library and information services to the citizens of Oklahoma; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries facilitates access to resources through consolidation and coordination of opportunities for funding from the state, federal, philanthropic, private, business, and local sources; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provides direct and indirect support to a ll the citizens of Oklahoma who are working to improve their lives through literacy, citizenship, lifelong learning, career and job preparation or advancement, business or entrepreneurial enterprise, and cultural expression and enrichment; and

WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provides specialized services and expertise that are unique to the profession and responsibilities of librarianship;

NOW,THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, support the goal of the Oklahoma Library Association "to inform and encourage Oklahoma legislators to support the efficient, effective work of the professional staff of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in their efforts to provide cost savings to local communities and tax payers, shared resources, and coordination and oversight of services for all Oklahomans regardless of age, education, location or social circumstance;" and we believe that this organization that provides unique yet ubiquitous service to the citizens of Oklahoma should maintain its administrative and organizational autonomy and receive funding at a level appropriate for providing the quality resources and service the citizens of Oklahoma deserve.

 

Adopted by the Oklahoma Library Association Executive Board on January 15, 2016.

 

THIS RESOLUTION HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING OKLAHOMA CITIZEN GROUPS:

  • Alva Public Library Board
  • Antlers City Council
  • Antlers Public Library and Board
  • Bartlesville Library Board
  • Blanchard Friends of the Library, March 15, 2016
  • Chickasha City Council
  • Chickasha Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland, Ok Jay C. Byers Library
  • Crescent Community Library Friends of the Library
  • Duncan Public Library Board of Directors
  • Eastern Oklahoma District Library System (EODLS) Board
  • Eastern Sequoyah County Friends of the Library
  • Friends of the Antlers Public Library
  • Friends of the Chickasha Public Library
  • Friends of the Duncan Public Library
  • Friends of the Lawton Public Library
  • Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
  • Friends of Sapulpa Library
  • Friends of the Library of Okeene
  • Friends of the Library of Watonga
  • Friends of the Metropolitan Library System
  • Friends of the Norman Public Library
  • Friends of the Pryor Creek Library
  • Friends of the Rose State College Library
  • Friends of Rudisill Regional Library, Tulsa
  • Friends of the Shattuck Library
  • Friends of the Shawnee Public Library Board of Directors
  • Friends of the Yale Public Library Association
  • Friends of the Yukon Library
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Area Health Sciences Library (GOAL)
  • Guthrie Public Library Board
  • Inola Library Board of Trustees
  • Lawton Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Metropolitan Library Commission
  • Metropolitan Library Endowment Trust
  • McLoud Friends of the Library
  • Mountain Plains Library Association Board
  • Mustang City Council and Mayor of the City of Mustang
  • Mustang Public Library Board
  • Newcastle Public Library Friends
  • Norman Public Library Advisory Board
  • Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Oklahoma Health Sciences Library Association
  • Oklahoma School Librarians Association (OKSL)
  • Pioneer Library System Board of Trustees
  • Purcell Friends Board
  • Southeastern Library System Board
  • Southern Prairie Library System Board of Directors
  • Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library Friends
  • Stillwater Public Library Board
  • Tecumseh Friends of the Library
  • Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library Board
  • Town of Langley
  • Watonga City Council
  • Watonga Public Library Board
  • Woodward Public Library Board of Directors
  • Yale Library Board of Trustees
  • Yukon Ladies Library Club
  • Yukon Library Board

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