January 23, 2022

New Article: “Oregon State Library Reorg: Some Worry that Public Access Might be Limited”

From The Statesman Journal:

Librarians are worried that public access to state documents and historical information will be lost when the Oregon State Library completes its reorganization next year.

The State Library reorganization is part of a larger, 10-year plan Gov. John Kitzhaber is pushing on the premise that it will improve government administration and inter-agency communication. A proposal released last week outlined plans to eliminate the library’s government research services, give control of federal and state documents to the State Archives, build an online search engine that crosses multiple agencies and improve the state’s library for the visually impaired.


One area of particular concern to Craig Smith, who worked for the library as a reference and information specialist, is that the library will likely give ownership of a significant number of digital and physical resources to the archives.

“(The archives) main mission is to retain state of Oregon office records, which are eventually destroyed following a schedule,” Smith said. “The State Library role is very different as it is part of a federal and state repository for published documents that are to be retained for free public access.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.