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A Chat with Kim Johnson, the Newly Appointed CEO of the Tulsa City-County Library

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Aired on Thursday, January 19th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Kim Johnson, who became chief executive officer of the Tulsa City-County Library on January 1st. After more than 15 years as an employee of the TCCL, Johnson seems like a perfect fit for this leadership post. She's very committed, of course, to books and learning and literacy -- and to the vital purpose of libraries within society today -- and she's the first African American to lead the 24-branch system that is the TCCL. A TU grad -- and also the wife and parent of TU grads -- Johnson grew up in New York City, and her first job with the TCCL was as coordinator of the African-American Resource Center. She then went on to be the South Broken Arrow Library manager, Hardesty Regional Library manager, regional director, and chief operating officer, among other positions. Johnson talks with us about her plans and goals for the TCCL, both long-term and in the near future. Also on today's show, a commentary from Connie Cronley: "Dognition."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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