Mary Ann Walker
Electronic Resource Librarian
I have always loved libraries, books, research, and the quest for locating the best information and sources for an individual. I worked for three years at the University of Missouri-Rolla library where Steve, my husband, was earning his degrees many years ago. It was there that I fell in love with the internal workings of a library; I began by working with Interlibrary Loans, often with foreign countries.
We then moved to Texas and began our family. Our two daughters were born in Texas and when we moved to Tulsa, we added a son. Those early years of raising our children often found me at their school where I served as a classroom volunteer, several years as Volunteer coordinator, and frequent field trip companion. I also spent ten years serving as librarian at our church where I built the collection, coordinated the staffing and processing of library materials.
About the time our children were becoming teenagers, I began working part-time at the Tulsa City-County library, mainly at the Jenks branch. When our oldest child started college and someone said to me, “Well, if my child attended ORU, I’d sure see if there was a job there!” The idea had never occurred to me and I loved my library job; I thought to myself that I would only move IF there was a library position open and IF they would hire me (I was still learning even then about God directing our paths!!). Amazing how God had just the perfect position available to allow me to work in a library AND provide financially for our three college students (which, by the way, was a fulfillment of an earlier promise God had given me when I had no idea how He would accomplish it!). I worked with periodicals and began my introduction to the databases; it was then that I became convinced that a Library degree was my next obvious step. As I worked at the ORU Library, I earned my Masters of Library and Information Studies which resulted in my becoming the Electronic Resources Librarian faculty.
All three of our children graduated from ORU and the two daughters married ORU graduates! Around the time our son was close to graduating, my husband accepted a job in Indiana so I resigned this job I loved and said good-bye to precious friends. Yes, during my years in Indiana I still managed to work in a library. I was adjunct faculty with Indiana Wesleyan University and taught bibliographic instruction to off-campus students, mostly in graduate Education, Business, and Nursing. But who would have foreseen (God!!) that He would eventually bring me back to ORU, to the same job title, many of the same precious friends, but with an expanded portfolio of burgeoning electronic resources.
Oral Roberts University students truly are primed to take God into every person’s world! I love their enthusiasm, their attentiveness to God’s call, and the vitality with which they try to obey His voice. Through the years, we have supported many ORU student missionaries (3 of whom were from our own family) and have followed many ORU graduates as they fulfill God’s call throughout their careers.
Obviously books are important in my life. I was one of the skeptics of ebook readers, wanting that “feel of a REAL book” in my hands. Now, however, I’d be lost without my Kindle!! One of the best gifts my husband gave me was to load onto my Kindle the entire A.D. Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene. The author “brings to life” many of Jesus’ encounters and is a powerful testimony of God’s love.
Today, I am the Electronic Resources Librarian in the Technical Services area of the ORU Library. I work behind the scenes to assure access to ebooks and databases for students use on and off-campus. I assist in the purchasing and processing of electronic books as well as quality control of electronic journals. I will work at the Reference Desk and am learning to use some of the current social media tools.
Family is a top priority for my husband and me. We have celebrated our 43rd anniversary and are excited to have seven grandchildren to play with! Only 3 granddaughters live in Tulsa so that gives us opportunity to visit other parts of the US (currently California and Lawton, OK). We also sing in the Carbondale Assembly of God choir and attend a Life Group.