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Dare to Start the Conversation: Discussing the Responsibilities Non-School Libraries Have When School Libraries Are in Trouble

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Directors Row 5

A panel of three different types of librarians, school, public, and academic, discuss whether public/academic libraries have a responsibility to their community to step in when schools lose funding and cut library costs, and if so what is the best way to work together. We'll also discuss whether we as an organization are doing enough to assist school libraries/school librarians and to encourage cooperation among different types of libraries when it could benefit our communities.

Presented by: Kelsey Barker, Ann Raia, and Leah Weyand
Sponsored by: Ethics Committee
Designed for: School, Public, Academic libraries
Areas of interest: Ethics, Outreach, Children's services, Teen services

Kelsey BarkerKelsey Barker is the Teacher Librarian at Longfellow Middle School in Norman. She earned her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma and is the winner of the 2016 Outstanding New Librarian Award from the Oklahoma Library Association, as well as the 2017 Oklahoma School Librarians Technology in Education Award. She is a member of the OLA Gold class of 2016. Kelsey has written for Teacher Librarian, YALSA’s YALS journal, and AASL’s Knowledge Quest. In addition to being active in AASL and YALSA, she serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Library Association as Marketing Chair, and is on the OLA Sequoyah Book Award Intermediate reading team. Within Norman Public Schools, Kelsey is among the first Guided Inquiry Design district trainers, sits on the Longfellow Leadership Council, and serves as a mentor teacher.


Ann Raia


Ann Raia is the Director of Library Services at Oklahoma City Community College. She has been in the position since January 2018. She was the Circulation Librarian at OCCC for five years before becoming the Director. She also worked as the Interlibrary Loan Office Manager at the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Library from 2007 to 2012.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Letters in 2007 and her MLIS in 2009, both from the University of Oklahoma.



Leah Weyand

Leah Weyand is the Teen Services Coordinator for Tulsa City-County Library, where she oversees teen services across 24 locations. She currently chairs the OLA Sequoyah High School Reading Team, and has previously chaired the OLA Children’s and Teen Services Roundtable. Her favorite project outside of TCCL and OLA is the Oklahoma Teen Book Con, which brought best-selling YA authors to Oklahoma teens in October 2017.

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