2007 Library News
New Library Commission Members Announced

Due to recent legislation, several new appointments have been made to the Metropolitan Library Commission, library officials announced.

“The Oklahoma legislature revised the Metropolitan Library Act during the last legislative session and expanded the makeup of the commission from 19 to 27 members.  The rationale for this (according to the author of the bill) was that every community in the county that has a library in our system should be represented on the commission,” explained Metropolitan Library System Executive Director Donna Morris.

Ms. Glenda Choate, who has been appointed by the city of Jones, is a coordinator with the Edmond public schools and is a lifelong library user.    

Ms. Margaret Graham, who will represent the city of Luther, is employed by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.        

Ms. Kim Patterson, a library media specialist with the Harrah Public Schools will represent the city of Harrah.

And Mr. Jim Shonts, the fire chief in Nicoma Park, has been appointed to represent the City of Nicoma Park.

Oklahoma City, which originally had ten representatives to the library commission board, has added three more positions and appointments. Ms. Tracy McGehee, Ms. Lori Nelson and Ms. Alexandra Vera are the newest representatives for Oklahoma City.

McGehee and her husband Kevin are co-owners of Bags, Inc., and Polyfilms,Inc.  Nelson is the public relations director for Mid-America Christian University, and Vera is a vice president and commercial loan officer at First Commercial Bank.

Also, four more new appointees are on board replacing former commission members whose terms have expired.

Ms. Fran Cory, retired executive assistant to the mayor of Oklahoma City, will replace Millicent Gillogly. Mr. Tracy McDaniel, principal of the KIPP Reach College Preparatory School, has been appointed to replace Scott Duncan. And Ms. Beth Toland, a long time Friends of the Library volunteer and previous Friends Booksale coordinator, has been appointed by the City of Warr Acres to replace Shirley Pritchett.

Ms. Alyne Strube, former commission member will once again represent the city of Choctaw. Strube represented Choctaw on the library commission board from 1993 to 2006.

An appointment to the board from the city of Del City to replace the unexpired term of Cynthia Trent has not been finalized. 

Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett also re-appointed several Oklahoma City representatives to the library board. Hugh Rice, Dr. Ann Caine, David Greenwell, Nancy Anthony, Carolyn Cornelius, Jose Jimenez, Penny McCaleb and Marguerite Ross were re-appointed with  staggered terms so that not all OKC board members’ terms will expire at the same time.

“We welcome all the new members to the commission and are happy to have every community library represented. We also want to thank the re-appointed board members for agreeing to serve another term,” said Morris.  “At the same time we wish Millicent Gillogly, Scott Duncan, Shirley Pritchett and Cynthia Trent all the best and thank them for their commitment to serve on the commission. We will miss them.”

“We look forward to working with our newest members and know they bring a lot to their role as commission members.”  

The Metropolitan Library Commission meets in open session the third Thursday of each month at a different library.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.