- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City oil and natural gas producer has donated $1 million to help the Oklahoma City Geological Society pay for a new headquarters.

The donation by Devon Energy Corp. kicks off the society’s $5 million campaign to fund the building and the society’s efforts to digitize its geological records, The Oklahoman reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1zgTybo ).

“It’s a major statement that shows the commitment of Devon to the geosciences profession and to the Oklahoma City Geological Society,” society CEO Mike Harris said.

Renovations are almost complete at the 18,000-square-foot former Oklahoma Cotton Growers Association building. The new headquarters will be known as the OCGS-Devon Geoscience Center and the society is scheduled to move into the building next month.

“Oklahoma City has long been a hub of innovation in the geosciences - professionals and companies developing the incremental breakthroughs that have given us our rich history in the oil and gas industry,” Devon Energy CEO Dave Hager said in a statement.

The new building will include space for events and continuing education and will house the society’s 12,000-square-foot library, including 500 file cabinets containing more than 1 million well logs and other historic records dating back to the early 1900s.

While focusing on space for a physical library, the society is also working to make its records available online. About $2 million of the $5 million capital campaign will help the group speed up the digitization process.

“The younger generation doesn’t know any way to look something up other than to look it up online,” Harris said. “We’re still delivering it physically. That will never go away. But we’re trying to increase our accessibility by going digital.”


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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