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OLA 2015: Agriculture: Services That Support Our Oklahoma Library Communities
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Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sponsor: Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT)
Co-Sponsor: University and College Division (UCD)

This session will be a panel discussion about the history of agriculture in Oklahoma and the use of resources that are available through the extension services at OSU.  Discussion will include the importance of oral histories in learning about agricultural development within the state, the growth and significance of extension services, and the types of material available.

Tanya FinchumTanya Finchum has been a member of the Oklahoma State University library faculty since 1999. In the fall of 2006 she transitioned from the Government Documents Department into the library’s oral history initiative and became a member of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, formally established in 2007. Since that time, Dr. Finchum has developed several oral history projects, including community based projects, and interviewed many Oklahomans. Oral history projects which she has been involved with include: Oklahoma 100 Year Life (Centenarians), Oklahoma Centennial Farm Families, The Oklahoma Mesonet, Women of the Oklahoma Legislature, O-STATE Stories, The Town of Boley, Oklahoma, Cooperative Extension Agents, Remembering Henry Bellmon, Muskogee’s African American Heritage, and Life in the 1930s. In addition to library supported projects, she and a colleague received a grant from the Library of Congress American Folk Life Center to document occupations within the circus community of Hugo, Oklahoma. Dr. Finchum holds master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and The University of Tennessee along with a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include oral history, qualitative methodology, older adults, sense of place, occupations, and the history of libraries.

David C. PetersDavid C. Peters is Department Head and Assistant Professor, Special Collections and University Archives located at Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Edmon Low Library.  Mr. Peters has been with the OSU Library 29 years having served in the General Reference Department, Map Room, and Special Collections.  He has only recently become a member of the library faculty. It is interesting to know that OSU’s agricultural and cooperative extension publications, as well as publications produced by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station in Stillwater are housed in the University Archives.  Peters has degrees from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.  He is the author of one book about the OSU Campus, co-author of two other books, and he has contributed over 40 articles to OSU’s STATE magazine.

Suzanne ReinmanSuzanne Reinman, Associate Professor, Documents Librarian/Interim Head at Oklahoma State University, serves as Reviews Editor and member of the Editorial Board for Government Information Quarterly, Elsevier and is active in the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association as Secretary and Journal Editor. She is serving as chair of the Legislative and Government Relations Committee of the U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), an organization for information professionals that provides a forum for discussion of agricultural issues, takes a leadership role in the formation of a national information policy as related to agriculture, and makes recommendations to the National Agricultural Library on agricultural information matters.

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