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Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Project Honored

2011 Outstanding Achievement Award presented

December 13, 2011
Story by Emily Nielsen, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award of the National Association of Commissions for Women was given to the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. The project was a partnership of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library and the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

According to NACW, “the Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to identify and publicly recognize exemplary, innovative women’s commission programs that promote the welfare and status of women and girls. The recognition and sharing of innovative programs, services and educational materials enable commissions to serve as a source of inspiration and model of excellence for others to follow nationwide.”

In 2006 Professor and Oral History Librarian Tanya Finchum began an effort to interview all women who have served in the Oklahoma Legislature. Tanya led the project and recorded the interviews on which everything else was based. In February 2009 a website for the project, accessible at www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/wotol/, launched. It included transcripts of the interviews, audio excerpts and memorabilia collected for the project together with two specially designed sets of curriculum for grades 4-6 and 7-9.

The lesson plans were authored by Linda Wilson (Northeastern State University) and Latasha Wilson, edited and formatted by Mary Larson, and the online presentation was developed by Juliana Nykolaiszyn. Bonnie Cain-Wood designed promotional pieces for the package.

In 2010, the OOHRP became involved in The Oklahoman's Newspapers in Education effort, and six additional sets of classroom activities, questions and lessons were created by Mary Larson and Tanya Finchum to complement the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. These were published in The Oklahoman in December 2010 and reached thousands of students across the state. They are still available online at http://nie.newsok.com/programs. The NACW award recognized all aspects of the project's outreach.

This is the third time the OSU Library and the OCSW have been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for a joint project. Past awards were received in 2006 for the “Oklahoma Women’s Almanac” and in 2008 for women’s history month supplements for The Oklahoman.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

Finchum, Wilson, Larson, Cain-Wood, and Nykolaiszyn
Finchum, Wilson, Larson, Cain-Wood, and Nykolaiszyn make up the team that developed and promoted the award-winning Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. The project, found online at www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/wotol/, was a collaboration between the OSU Library’s Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall11/NACW.htm
Last Updated: 13 December 2011

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