Bracken Klar

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Bracken Klar worked in libraries and bookstores for over 20 years, earning his Master’s Degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. Bracken’s research experience began well before this and ensured the success of his bachelor’s thesis on the relationships between marketing, addiction, and recovery. His professional experience in diverse library settings, The University of Tulsa’s College of Law Library, the Tulsa City-County Library as a children’s librarian, a media center librarian, the physical services supervisor, and finally as a project manager before finishing his career in libraries as the Head of the Upper School Library at Holland Hall School, contributed to his fluency across all forms of critical inquiry and research.

Bracken decided to transfer his skill set out of the library world and became the Director of Community Engagement for Tulsa Public Schools in 2019. In this role he leads City Lab and makes connections to and strengthens existing relationships between TPS and the wider Tulsa community. In partnership with his Design Lab coworkers, he also contributes to TPS’s High School Redesign efforts.

For Focus: Black Oklahoma, Bracken has contributed as a segment producer and works as an associate producer on the program. He’s interviewed elected officials, those running for office, Executive Directors of nonprofits as well as those empowered by those nonprofits, in addition to many other people living and working in Oklahoma.

In the print format, Bracken most recently provided research for the article “Hell Came to Tulsa” in the May/June 2020 issue of Oklahoma Today magazine, the official magazine of the state of Oklahoma. Additionally, Bracken has contributed research to articles published in the Tulsa World and the now-defunct Urban Tulsa as well as providing source materials on which published poets and other artists have based their creative output.

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