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Timmie Spangler 
Director, School Library Programs
(405) 521-3456

Vickie Hale
Coordinator I, School Library Programs
(405) 522-3219

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The School Library Programs staff:

  • Supports approximately 1,248 certified Oklahoma school librarians in assisting students and teachers to become effective users of ideas and information.
  • Guides schools to meet rigorous library accreditation standards.
  • Advises Oklahoma school librarians on how to manage an effective library.

An Effective School Library:

  • Offers a wide variety of materials -- reference, fiction and nonfiction -- in a broad range of reading levels.
  • Provides access to current information by integrating new technologies into the curriculum.
  • Is cost-effective, allowing many readers access to one book.
  • Allows the school librarians to team with teachers to create and present lessons.

Our school libraries launch students into a world of new knowledge by providing instant access to exciting books, online resources, and emerging technologies. They provide equal opportunities to all students for learning.

Certified school librarians are an essential part of a school's faculty, partnering with educators to connect 21st Century learners with resources. They empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and ethical users of information.

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Information Literacy PASS Standards:

On May 27, 2010, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved the Information Literacy PASS standards. Governor Brad Henry approved the change on June 21, 2010. The new Oklahoma standards are also the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st Century Learner. They address the increasingly complex nature of information and the skills our students need to succeed in the modern world.

  • Information Literacy PASS Standards
    | pdf |

Other Information Literacy Links:

National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL)
S.O.S for Information Literacy

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Professional Organizations 

  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is a division of ALA. This association works to ensure that all members of the school library media field collaborate to: provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. 
  • American Library Association (ALA) provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. 
  • Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) is a twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities. 
  • Oklahoma School Librarians (OKSL) is a division of OLA. OKSL supports and promotes activities associated with school libraries. OKSL sponsors four education awards: Polly Clarke Award, Barbara Spriesterbach Award, OKSL Technology in Education Award, and Certificate of Merit for the Promotion of School Library Media Services by an Oklahoma School Administrator. 
  • Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) is an organization of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries. OLA consists of divisions, committees and roundtables, which promote library activities and address issues. OLA sponsors the Sequoyah Book Award programs as well as other awards. OLA also sponsors regional workshops and a statewide conference. 
  • Oklahoma Technology Administrators (OTA) provides leadership, legislative voice, professional development and support for the integration of technology into teaching and learning in Oklahoma. This is accomplished by providing information and services to its members, teachers, districts, legislators, and the general public. The OTA has working partnerships with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, The Regents of Higher Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (CareerTech), the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and various vendors throughout Oklahoma.

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Last updated on December 17, 2014