Oklahoma State University

Library Good News


  • OSU Librarians, David Oberhelman and Barbara Miller, worked with the Oklahoma Humanities Council to create a new series for the popular "Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma" book discussion program. The new series, "The Worst Hard Time Revisited" debuts in Stillwater this spring and is already booked through 2010.
  • Barbara and David also recent received one of 30 $2,500 grants for the "Soul of a People" library project. The National Endowment for the Humanities launched "Soul of a People" to acquaint the public with the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project.
  • Karen Neurohr, Assessment Librarian, secured a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to encourage cultural programming throughout the state. The grant funds four programs--including one in Stillwater--honoring the life of Oklahoma poet, Wilma McDaniel.
  • Damon Blalack, Senior Library Technician, was selected as a finalist for the OSU Creativity Challenge, a contest to solicit proposal for creative project on campus. Damon proposed an interdisciplinary arts center to attract students from multiple disciplines (e.g., graphic design, engineering and advertising) to work collaboratively to push the boundaries of their respective fields.
  • Dan Chaney, Humanities/Social Science Librarian, was named winner of the 2009 Carl Gaumer Library Champion Award for the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA). The award recognizes positive support of MPLA as demonstrated by repeated conscientious endeavors towards libraries, library staff, trustees and professional activities.


  • Johnny L. Johnson, Access Services Head, worked with Wentz Scholar Joshua Ward to present "Student Attitudes on Academic Integrity through Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Undergraduate Education" at the Center for Academic Integrity Annual Conference in Newport News, Virginia.
  • Johnson will also chair the ALA - RUSA - STARS Research & Statistics Committee for 2008.
  • Karen Neurohr, Assessment Librarian, was one of 29 selected to attend the 6th Leadership Institute at Ghost Ranch sponsored by the Mountain Plains Library Association. The Leadership Institute helps emerging library leaders develop their full career potential.
  • Brittnee Cooks, CML Student Assistant, was named 2008 Miss Hispanic OSU. Brittnee is a secondary education freshman, minoring in Spanish.
  • Tanya Finchum served as a panelist at the Oral History Association's (OHA) conference in Oakland for the session Narratives from Educational Institutions: Communities, Generations, and Social Change. Also at the OHA's annual conference, Juliana Nykolaiszyn served as a panelist for Who Can Change a University? Using Oral History to Document Students and Student Life.
  • Tanya Finchum was recently named to ALA's advisory committee for Capturing Our Stories: Developing a National Oral History Program of Retiring/Retired Librarians.
  • In November 2007, Tanya Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn presented the paper, Oral History in the Library: Collecting and Preserving "Voices" at the annual Brick and Click Library Symposium at Northwest Missouri State University.
  • Damon Blalack, Library Technician III, recently completed his third feature film, "Howling Moon." Damon wrote, directed and co-produced the film which will soon be seen on the film festival circuit.
  • Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Associate Dean of Libraries, now represents U.S. research libraries on an advisory board at the American Library Association's Public Program Office (ALA-PPO). The board developed and administers a $358,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create and evaluate ALA-PPO's Online Resource Center for Library Cultural Programming. Grant funds are also being used to work with library schools throughout the United States to integrate instruction and cultural programming into the curriculum. The award is part of IMLS' Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program.
  • Ruth Mudroch, Graphic Design Intern and Special Collections Student Assistant, won OSU's Outstanding University Student Assistant Award, as well as the Regional Outstanding University Student Employee Award. Ruth is the second OSU student to win the regional honor. She played a key role in the production of the Library's recent publication The Campus of OAMC.
  • After 21 years of dedicated service to the OSU Library, Lisa Fain has accepted a position as Manager of the Business College Operations. During her Library tenure, she worked closely with the Friends serving on every Cobb Dinner Planning Committee and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board. She was honored with the Edna Mae Phelps Award in 1999. Lisa will remain on the Board of Directors as a member. Congratulations, Lisa!
  • Bonnie Ann Cain was recently promoted to Senior Communications Specialist. She will now oversee all public programming at the Library and be working closely with the Friends Board of Directors.
  • Bonnie also joined the Board for the Public Relations Society of America, Oklahoma City Chapter (PRSA-OKC). Bonnie serves as the professional liaison to OSU's student public relations society.


  • OCLC Members Council Executive Committee has appointed Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean of Collection and Technology Services, to serve as Chair of the Members Council's WorldCat/Public Service Group for 2007-08.
  • The Oklahoma Library Association issued its 100 Library Legends in celebration of the state's centennial. Among the honored were nine with ties to OSU, including current librarians John B. Phillips, head of government documents, and Vicki Phillips, head of science and engineering division.
  • Bonnie Ann Cain, Coordinator of Communications and Publications, successfully completed the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). The APR is internationally recognized and is currently the only professional certification for PR professionals.
  • If you read the Daily O'Collegian, you may notice ads for the OSU Libraries. These ads are part of a new campaign designed to inform students about library services and resources. Each month, the library will feature a different service, and the ads are just the beginning. Promotions include ads, web features, Facebook flyers, banners, signs at bus stops, slide shows in the library's café and more.
  • Barbara Miller, documents librarian, was elected to the American Library Association's Council. She ran as a Councilor-at-Large and was one of 33 members elected to serve the 2007-2010 term. Each year one-third of the ALA Councilors-at-Large are elected. Ninety-five individuals ran for these positions during the 2007 election.
  • Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean of Collection and Technology Services, was elected 2006-07 Chair of the Amigos Delegation to the OCLC Members Council. The Amigos Delegation represents more than 765 member libraries from a 14-state service area. A not-for-profit organization, Amigos is one of the nation's largest library resource-sharing networks and a leader in providing information technology to libraries.
  • Anne also will be representing the Amigos region on the OCLC Members Council Nominating Committee.
  • Tori Gregory's forthcoming article "Stacking Up: A How-To Guide to Condition Surveys" will be published in Collection Management.
  • Karen Neurohr, Assessment Librarian, along with Stillwater Public Library secured a $17,000 grant from NEA to bring "The Big Read" to Stillwater. "The Big Read" is an initiative of NEA in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. It is designed to unite communities through great literature.
  • Bonnie Ann Cain, Coordinator of Communications and Publications recently presented "Propaganda Analysis: A Case Study of the Department of Education's Campaign to Promote NCLB" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications 2006 convention.
  • Heather K. Moberly, Veterinary Medicine Librarian, has accepted an appointment to the "USAIN Task Force for the Assessment of a National Agricultural Information Infrastructure."


  • A recent L.A. Times article cited research by Tanya Finchum, Associate Professor and Documents Librarian. Her research deals with proximity in relationships and sustaining friendships over long distances.
  • Cokie Anderson, Assistant Professor, recently worked with the National Indian Law Library and the University of Tulsa law library to post all 43 volumes of the Indian claims Commission Decisions online. The decisions are available online at: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/icc/index.html. Anderson's second book, Ethical Decision Making for Digital Libraries, was published by Chandos Publishing Ltd. in May.
  • In July, Dr. Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean for Collection and Technology Services, began a three-year term as an elected member of the American Library Association Council. The Council is the governing body of the American Library Association, which serves public, state, school, academic and special libraries.
  • Sarah Holstedt, a Library Student Assistant and December 2005 graduate of the OSU School of Architecture, received the Dean's Award for the Outstanding Graduate from the School of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects School Medal for 2005. She now works for Callison Architecture in Seattle, WA.
  • Michele Seikel, Cataloger and Assistant Professor of Bibliography, will serve as chair of the Oklahoma Library Association's Technical Services Round Table for 2006-2007. She is also moderator of the Mountain Plains Library Association's Hot Topics electronic community.
  • Architecture Library Student Assistant, Singeh Saliki recently received an honorable mention in the Acme Brick Prize competition at the April 6th awards ceremony for the OSU school of Architecture. She is also this year's recipient of the Nancy Randolph Davis Scholarship and a Society of Black Engineers, Technologists, and Architects (SBETA) Peer Award.
  • Congratulations to Heather K. Moberly, OSU Veterinary Medicine Librarian! Heather was awarded the Distinguished Member Award by the Food Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the Special Libraries Association. This national award is the organization's highest honor; it recognizes a current or former member who has contributed significantly to the division over the years.
  • Staff at the William E. Brock Memorial Library at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences created a freely available index to the publications from the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. The index includes an index to OVMA publications Oklahoma Veterinarian (1954-1990), The Journal (1991-1992), and OVMA Communique (1987-2002). It is searchable by title keyword or author last name and can be found at: www.library.okstate.edu/vetmed/ovma/search.cfm.
  • Dr. Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean of Technology and Collection Services, was elected to a three year term on the OCLC Members Council. She is one of five delegates from the Amigos region (AZ, AR, CA, KS, LA, NM, OK, TX).
  • Beth Reiten, OSU Librarian, was named Web Chair for the MERLOT LIS Community Advisory Board.
  • After serving as President-elect of USAIN (United States Agricultural Information Network), Heather K. Moberly, OSU Veterinary Medicine Librarian, begins her term as president this summer. Heather is also a Board Member of the Advisory Council to CABI, and coordinator of papers, presentations, and poster sessions at the bi-annual meeting of USAIN.
  • Karen Neurohr accepted the new position of Assessment Librarian.
    Karen has served as Library Director, Carl Albert State College, since 1998. She graduated from the University of North Texas with an MLS in 1995.
  • Dr. David Oberhelman, OSU Librarian, was appointed as OLA’s representative to the 12-state Mountain Plains Library Association. He is also contributing 11 entries to the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. David is continuing as the North American editor of Reference Reviews, a library review journal with readership in the UK, Canada and US.
  • Suzanne Holcombe, Documents Librarian, was invited to be the Reviews Editor for Government Information Quarterly, as well as the interim treasurer for the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Association.
  • Kiem Dung Ta, OSU Librarian, is serving as the Treasurer of the Chemistry Division of Special Libraries Association and is a participant in OLA’s Library Gold Project.
  • Susan Bobo, Architecture Librarian, is concluding her term as the Chair for the Art Libraries of North America—Central Plains Chapter (ARLIS-CP).
  • OSU Librarian, Kevin Drees, is the 2005/06 Chair of the Accreditation and Standards Committee for the American Society for Engineering Education.
  • Vicki Phillips, Head of Science and Engineering Division, is serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) of ALA and a member of the Steering Committee of GODORT.