Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Christina Ruth (Harp) Akers

Born: 1/21/1945

Died: 1/6/2004

Maiden Name: Harp

Honorific: n/a

Dr. Christina Ruth Harp Akers, 58, passed away January 6, 2004, at Via Christi Hospital, Ponca City, Oklahoma. She was born January 21, 1945, in Pawnee Indian Hospital, Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Chris and Florence Sumpter Harp. She grew up in Fairfax and Ponca City.

Christina graduated from Ponca City High School in 1963. She then attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, receiving her A.A. in Social Science in 1965. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, receiving her B.S. Ed. in Library Science in 1967 and received her M.L.S. in Library Science from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, in 1971. She then attended Oklahoma State University, receiving her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration in 1990.

Dr. Akers was employed at Northern Oklahoma College from September 1967 to November 1998 as Assistant Librarian and Instructor of Library Science. She became Librarian in 1983 and Director of Library Services in 1991. She was consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and Institutions of Higher Education, visiting more than 35 colleges as consultant/evaluator from 1972 to 1997. She was Designated Reader from 1985 to 1990. Her honors and awards include taking leadership and developing grant applications for library materials as Title II-A, part of the Higher Education Act of 1973. In 1977, she drafted and submitted for publication, Acquisition Policy for Library and Learning Resources Center for Northern Oklahoma College. The policy was chosen as one of 14 to be reprinted in its entirety from over 500 submissions in Futus: Library Acquisition Policies and Procedures. In 1990, she served as Docent at the governor’s mansion. She was elected Tonkawa City Council Member from 1987 to 1991. She was appointed to the Governor’s Oklahoma Library Technology Advisory Committee in 1993. She was a founder of the Native American Heritage Club, member of the Women’s Club, an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, shopping, and most of all, family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Herman Longstar; four nephews and one sister-in-law.

Survivors include one son, Chris M. Akers; his wife, Christy, and their daughter, Lita. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.