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The Education Advantage: Why Sooners Need Libraries More Than Ever
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The Education Advantage: Why Sooners Need Libraries More Than Ever 
Sponsor: Public Libraries Division

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 11:00-12:30 pm
Location: Salon H


Session Description: 
Looking for a session that will make you think? Attend to experience a vision that is ushering in a new era: “Libraries = Education.” Libraries adopting this approach enjoy heightened respect and optimal funding – because they are now accorded the same enduring worth assigned to other educational institutions. Dispelling all misperceptions, “Libraries = Education” will reposition your library as a key component of the education enterprise. The best part? You won’t have to change anything you do.

Valerie J. Gross, MM, MLS, JD, has served as President & CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) since 2001. Developing a new vision for libraries, Gross worked with the HCLS Board, staff, funders, elected officials, and the community to implement "Libraries = Education."
Gross has delivered 80+ keynotes, workshops, seminars, and webinars on the strategy, drawing the participation and input of thousands of library professionals from 46 states and more than a dozen countries around the world. Combining these experiences, she authored Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage (ABC-CLIO, 2013).
For living this game-changing vision, HCLS was recognized in 2013 as Library of the Year by Gale and Library Journal. They hailed the “Libraries = Education” equation “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world” (Library Journal, 2013). The growing movement is ushering in a new era for libraries everywhere.

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