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Information Matrix Camp 2011: Day 6: July 22, 2011
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Day 6!  The last full day of Information Matrix Camp and still there are libraries we have yet to visit.  We had a brief reprieve from very early morning traveling and, instead, met in the conference room of the hotel for a quiz time to see just how much the campers knew about subject headings.  Now, you’d think this wouldn’t be of interest to the kids but, au contraire, they loved it and when given a non-fiction book, had to decide what a good subject heading would be.  There was actually quite a bit of competition to correctly identify subject headings and when all was said and done, the kids were rewarded with prizes.

Learning about subject headings

We boarded the bus and headed to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Group photo

Many campers had never visited this beautiful museum so it was a real treat.  We were divided into 2 groups and docents took us on a tour that hit only the high points since we were on a tight schedule. There are no words to describe the beauty of the paintings and sculptures and artifacts of the heritage of the west and the kids especially loved hearing the little anecdotes the docents told us about the origin of some paintings and what happened to some sculptures.  After the tour we were taken by Karen Spilman, Librarian of the Donald and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center there at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, downstairs and into the library for a first-hand look at how research is done, collections are developed and cataloged and how materials are archived.

Donald and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center

Karen explained to the kids how she became the librarian then explained about the kinds of materials that they have in their library.  We met two interns who were archiving a large movie poster collection and were told about and shown part of the film collection.  Karen told us that they even store some old nitrate films in a special freezer.  After tell the kids about that she told them how a very large private collection, that when donated to the library, had to be vacuum sealed for a time to get rid of dust and insects before it could be catalogued.  What a privilege to have a behind the scenes tour at such a special place.

Off to Integris Health where we were met by Cheryl  Suttles, Oklahoma Library Association President and Manager and Librarian at Wann Langston Memorial Library at Integris.

Lunch at Integris

Cheryl treated us to lunch there and then we went back to the library for a talk presented by Dan Chandler, who is an Integris medical librarian, about how a medical library works.  He explained that the library is open to doctors and other medical professionals and to patients and their families.  They supply up-to-date medical information using a variety of journals, books and online resources.  Dan told the campers that in a medical situation, time is of the essence and he explained how quickly they can retrieve information.  After Dan answered questions from the kids, Sharon reminded them they’ve learned this week that libraries change lives and medical libraries save lives.

Integris Library

Off to the Data Center across the way!  Jamie Thibodeau, IT Manager at Integris, met us and let us into the inner sanctum of the world of Integris data.  We were led to a special anteroom where Jamie explained how the room and security worked then took us into the actual room that stores all of the data Integris generates.  The kids were amazed at the computer equipment and were enthralled when he removed a floor tile exposing the wiring of the system and the air conditioning that’s pushed through there to cool the computers.  After Jamie answered about a million questions, we reluctantly left and boarded the bus for Rose State.

Our final Computer Lab time with Mary was actually a little bitter sweet for the campers.  They realized this was their last time to communicate as a group on Edmodo and they blew up the comments with posts about the day and what their favorite thing was.  They watched a video clip about online predators and talked about safety one final time.

Computer Time

When that was over, Mary handed out cool flashdrives to each camper so they could save all of the information they collected this week.  What a terrific way to end a week of learning about online safety and fun computing.

We loaded up the bus and headed over to the Golden Palace restaurant where we all enjoyed a very nice meal.  The kids enjoyed a large buffet and a few of them learned to use chop sticks for the first time.

Dinner at Golden Palace

After dinner it was time to make the trip to Moore to the Warren Theater to see HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, the second part of the last movie in the series.  It was an exciting couple of hours and we were all a little sad that the epic story finally came to an end.  Because not everyone is a Harry Potter fan, there was an alternative movie, PAGEMASTER, shown at Rose State and several of the kids attended that.

We made it back to the hotel and gave the campers a little leeway on their curfews to visit and wind down and to, hopefully, start thinking about packing.  I have to say that it was with a little relief that the lights were finally out for the last night.

What a week!

Leslie H. Langley
Wister Public Library
101 Caston Avenue
Wister, OK 74966
918-655-3267 FAX

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