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OLA Resolutions: 2017
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The following Resolutions were approved by the Membership at the OLA Annual Conference in Norman, on April 26, 2017:

WHEREAS, federal library funding helps Oklahoma libraries provide resources for students, assistance to small business, internet access, support for job seekers, technology training, summer reading programs, and transparent access to the information necessary to support a free and open democracy; and

WHEREAS, school, public, academic, and tribal libraries in all Oklahoma communities are better able to serve their patrons with in-depth, accurate resources made possible by federal funding; and

WHEREAS, the LSTA Grants to States Program is flexible, allowing the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to meet the particular library and information needs of our state’s people; and

WHEREAS, a 2017 independent evaluation showed the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to be an excellent steward of federal library funds; and

WHEREAS, the LSTA Native American Grants Program has provided basic and enhancement grants to Oklahoma tribal libraries, allowing them to better serve the informational and educational needs of Indian Country; and

WHEREAS, Oklahoma children have benefited from the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants through the U.S. Department of Education, enabling our poorest schools to obtain essential materials, books, and supplies; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Oklahoma Library Association urges Congress to pass, and President Trump to sign, a federal budget that appropriates $230 million to IMLS for libraries and museums, which will fully fund the Grants to States Program at $186.6 million; fully fund the Native American Grants Program at $3.86 million and other competitive library grants at $23 million; and, also, be it further

RESOLVED, that the Oklahoma Library Association urges Congress to pass, and President Trump to sign, a $27 million appropriation to the IAL program through the U.S. Department of Education budget.

WHEREAS Kay Boies has announced her retirement after having served as executive director of the Oklahoma Library Association for 33 years; and

WHEREAS Kay Boies has been a leader in the running of OLA as well as a tireless advocate for libraries, librarians and staff, and patrons of Oklahoma libraries; and

WHEREAS Kay has humbly said that she has been honored enough through the years and wanted to keep fanfare to a minimum; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Oklahoma Library Association applauds her for her many years of service and advocacy, and wishes her well in her new chapter of life.

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