A few years ago, I wrote here about Oklahoma City’s Regional Federal Depository Library and its Regional Depository Librarian, Steve Beleu. Located on the second floor of Oklahoma Department of Libraries, FDL-OKC had received the award for the 2009 Federal Depository Library of the Year.
Steve has, once again, received national notoriety. On June 29, the American Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable (ALA-GODORT) presented Steve with the 2015 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award in recognition of his contribution to documents librarianship.
After presentation of the award at ALA’s conference, Steve made the following remarks:
“Thank you for this award. But most of all let me thank the 3000-plus people who’ve attended my 313 workshops. Their desire and/or need to learn the federal government websites that I’ve taught is why I’m here.
My workshops have focused on training people who –
… work in industry sectors
… economists and others who work in economic development
… those who work in governments, state and local, and the governments of our Indian Nations
… those who work in non-profit academic libraries
My goal for these workshops has been to increase my attendees’ knowledge and understanding , and to help them maximize their profits.”
Below is ALA-GODORT’s announcement of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award:
“Steve Beleu is the 2015 winner of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or Federal documents. Steve has been selected for this award in recognition of his outreach and advocacy for government information at all levels. His letters supporting his nomination highlighted his service and mentorship, as a regional depository coordinator, to librarians in Oklahoma, in the region, and nationally as a member of the Depository Library Council. Working collaboratively with his fellow regional at Oklahoma State University, Steve has been effective in keeping staff at selective depositories informed on current developments through meetings and workshops. He organized a ‘Metrodocs’ group for depositories in the Oklahoma City area; he is a frequent speaker at Oklahoma Library Association conferences; and he writes a column for the Oklahoma Librarian; and his work building close relationships with and advocating for Tribal and Tribal College Libraries in Oklahoma. His colleagues lauded his education and outreach efforts. Steve has taught classes all over Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. Also noteworthy is Steve’s vigilance in keeping abreast of data issues related to the Census Bureau and other agencies and keeping the national documents community informed as well. His letters praise his talent for mentoring and supporting both novice and seasoned selectives, helping many survive budget cuts. As one letter writer commented, ‘Steve has helped me to advance my career. He has shown me service needs that I would have otherwise overlooked. He has provided partnership opportunities. He has been one of my most esteemed mentors and I consider Steve a friend. He has done much to spread the word and love of government information and is most deserving of this award.’ ”
My highest regard for Steve Beleu, Mike Cameron, and their award-winning Federal Depository Library is unabated, as I continue my research of primary documents. If you live in this metropolitan area, or are traveling to central Oklahoma for your own research, please visit FDL-OKC and the other valuable research facilities at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.