ODL Deputy Director Natalie Currie was appointed Interim Director of the agency by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Board of Directors at their meeting on June 10, 2022.
During the meeting, the Board announced their intention to hire Currie as Director at their upcoming September 23rd meeting at Cushing Public Library. Based on advice from the agency's Attorney General liaison, the June 10th meeting agenda only allowed the appointment of an Interim Director.
Currie was selected by the ODL Board as Deputy Director for the agency on December 13th, 2019 and assumed that role on January 6th, 2020.
In her capacity as Deputy Director, Currie managed the strategic planning and budgetary process and provided administrative oversight for several divisions of the agency, including Library Development, the Literacy Resource Office, and Library Resources—which includes interlibrary loan, the statewide full-text information resources for Oklahoma’s libraries, state and federal government information, and law and legislative reference. Until the Board appoints a new Deputy Director, she will continue in these roles as she assumes other leadership duties.
"I am so humbled and honored by the trust the ODL Board has placed in me to lead the agency during such a critical season for libraries," Currie said. "I look forward to continuing ODL’s strong history of collaborating with the field, the Oklahoma Library Association, and the legislative and executive branches of state government to preserve and strengthen library services to Oklahomans."
Currie’s experience covers a variety of library settings, including a previous stint in ODL's Library Resources Division. She has also served at the University of Oklahoma Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Department, Oklahoma City University Law Library, and the Metropolitan Library System’s Belle Isle and Edmond branches.
She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a Bachelors in Public Relations, both from the University of Oklahoma. Currie has served the Oklahoma Library Association in several leadership positions, including Conference Program Chair in 2016-2017 and was elected Secretary for 2017-2018. She has served on the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies’ Alumni Association Board of Directors.
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is the official state library of Oklahoma. We serve the information and records management needs of state government, assist with public library development, coordinate library and information technology projects for the state, and serve the general public through our specialized collections. The Department is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.