May 23, 2022

Oregon: “Hillsboro’s Next Great Gathering Spot Takes Shape as Main Library Expansion Nears Completion”

From The Oregonian:  Hillsboro’s Main Library expansion is “on time and under budget,” according to Library Director Mike Smith. Construction crews expect a May completion date for the first of Hillsboro’s two library renovation projects. The second floor expansion of the Main Library on Northeast Brookwood Parkway will add more than 38,000 square feet of […]

Oregon: Multnomah County Library Will Be Closed on Mondays, County Board Schedules “Listening” Sessions

Last Monday (June 25th) was the last Monday the award-winning Multnomah County Library (Portland, OR) was open and available to library users . Beginning July 1st the library will be closed on Mondays. Hours on other days are also changing. This page shows the changes by branch. From The Portland Tribune: The tax levy we […]

Two New Online Databases Containing Data From the State of Oregon

These databases are being made available by the The Statesman-Journal (Salem, OR). 1. Workers’ Compensation Claims from July 2002-October 2011 2. Education: Oregon Chronic Absence by District 2010-2011 See Also: More Online Data via The Statesman Journal

Oregon: Beaverton City Library Reconsiders How to Respond to Pornography, Public Masturbation Cases

From The Oregonian: Over the last year, the library had five incidents related to pornography or public masturbation. Of those, only [Giovanni] Maipi was arrested and banned from returning to the library for 30 days. What gets someone booted from the library, and for how long, varies depending on the opinion of whatever library staffer […]

Oregon: State Police Investigate Ex-Library Employee

From the Statesman-Journal (Salem, OR): Police are investigating possible wrongdoing by a former state library official who abruptly resigned in December after he was chosen to become the next Oregon state librarian. Amid official silence about what triggered the criminal investigation, emails obtained by the Statesman Journal through Oregon’s public records law reveal that Robert […]

Unexpected: Oregon's State Librarian Nominee Resigns

From The Statesman Journal (Salem, OR): The hiring of Oregon’s new state librarian has unraveled with the resignation of a library official selected to move into the leadership post Jan. 1. Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, manager of the library’s Government Research Services division, was selected in October to succeed Jim Scheppke, who has said he plans to […]

Oregon: "State Librarian Jim Scheppke Leaves a Lasting Legacy"

From the Statesman-Journal (Salem, OR): If you’ve downloaded an audiobook from Library2Go or taken your preschooler to storytime or relaxed in Stayton’s spacious new library, you have been touched by the career of State Librarian Jim Scheppke. He’ll retire in December after 25 years with the Oregon State Library, including 20 as its leader. Two […]

"Oregon Digital Library Debuts, Offering Single Search Portal"

From a Library Journal Article by Lynn Blumenstein: The Oregon Digital Library Project (ODLP) has debuted, offering a single site to search all of the public digital collections in the state. Currently in a one-month pilot period, the portal includes material from 18 collections, and is in feedback mode, according to Terry Reese, Gray Family […]