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Reaching Out: Programming and Publicity in Rural Libraries
Sponsors: Public Libraries Division and Tribal Libraries Committee

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 2:50-3:50 pm
Location: Salon I

Session Description:
Join this unique presentation and discussion on how to plan, publicize and execute a variety of programs for all ages. From book clubs and crafting to tutoring, foodie, exercise and more, participants will receive samples of publicity, program outlines and funding sources for any size library.

Gail CurrierGail Currier: I have worked for the Southern Oklahoma Library System since 2011 and serve as the system’s Marketing and Public Information Coordinator.  Since joining SOLS, I have implemented an outreach curriculum in schools across Southern Oklahoma increasing usage with our databases; particularly Brainfuse. The programming has expanded to include 3D printing and other training that fosters learning and engages children in library usage.  From fundraisers to grant writing, I have had the opportunity to undertake many different jobs within the library profession.  Very recently I was involved in a year-long process of renaming and rebranding the library system.  Serving five counties and 8 libraries, I am a  one person PR department who enjoys promoting library programming and activities, writing press releases and feature articles, designing print media and operating as a positive voice for all of our library communities.

Alyson HayesHi everyone! My name is Alyson Hayes. I have worked in the Southern Oklahoma Library System (formerly the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System) since June of 2009. I started out as the Branch Manager of the Davis Public Library. In 2011 I transferred to Ardmore and was Head of Circulation/Publicity Coordinator for the System. For the past five years I have been the Branch/Outreach Coordinator for the system. In this position, I supervise our seven branch libraries and also promote the library through programs and outreach in our libraries and communities. I love this position because my job allows me to travel and interact with patrons in all eight of our communities.
In my time at the library, I have coordinated hundreds of programs for all demographics. I have planned plenty of successful, popular programs on a shoestring budget. I have also done the publicity for some of these programs. The programming in our library system consists of everything from makerspaces to crafting classes and everything in between.
I attended the University of Oklahoma and received a BA in Journalism/Public Relations in 2008 and I received my MS in Human Resource Administration from East Central University in 2012.

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