RSU Librarian Selected for Leadership Program

Sarah Clark, access services and distance learning librarian at Rogers State University’s Stratton Taylor Library, recently was selected to take part in the Oklahoma Library Association Gold Leadership Institute in November.

OLA-GOLD is a leadership program which selects 25 recently graduated librarians every three years to attend a three-day institute on current issues and leadership skills. Each participant is matched with a seasoned mentor who will help them grow in their career.

In addition, Clark was recently elected secretary of the Oklahoma Association of College and Research Libraries’ Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians (COIL).
“It’s a great honor to be working with the best librarians in the state, both at OLA-Gold and right here at RSU,” Clark said.

Clark has been a member of RSU’s Stratton Taylor Library staff since February 2005. As the access services and distance learning librarian, she oversees circulation and reserve activities in the library, provides research support to RSU students and faculty, and has created and presented numerous information literacy programs, which help students find and use information and sources effectively.

Clark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in library and information studies with a 4.0 GPA in May 2006.

At age 30, Clark is a “Generation X” librarian and her ability to incorporate new library technologies is an important addition to the staff, said Alan Lawless, director of Stratton Taylor Library. “Generation X” is commonly referred to as the generation of people born between 1965 and 1980.

“Sarah has been a great asset not only to the people she works with but to every student and faculty member that has walked through the doors of the library,” Lawless said.

Clark said she enjoys working with students, faculty and staff.

“My comfort with technology has helped me work together with the rest of the library staff to develop services the library can provide to help our users find the information they need, such as online tutorials,” Clark said.