Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Oklahoma Facts

Did you know that Oklahomans searched the statewide information databases a whopping 14 million times last year?

During a typical year, students, faculty and information seekers made 7.5 million visits to Oklahoma's college and university libraries - seven times the combined annual attendance figure for OU and OSU home football games.

Academic libraries in Oklahoma receive less than 2 cents of every higher education dollar.

College students and faculty borrow an average of 1.8 million items from Oklahoma's academic libraries each year - or ten items for every student enrolled in Oklahoma colleges.

Oklahoma public libraries answer almost 42,000 reference questions every week. That's more than one question for every man, woman and child living in Muskogee.

More than 1.8 million Oklahomans have a library card - more people than the combined populations of North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

Oklahoma's school librarians are leaders. The state ranks fifth nationally in the number of National Board Certified school library media specialists.

These interesting facts were obtained from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (405-521-2502.)

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