The Oregon State Library is working to move from a team-based organization to a service-based organization. We are still exploring what that means and how we will implement the move. For the last number of years we have had four teams. We will now be calling those groups of staff members divisions. We have created new names for each division and we anticipate they will provide a clearer description of the work and audience for the divisions.
Government Information and Library Services is the division that provides reference assistance to state government staff and to persons on official state business. Specialized collections include federal and state government publications and a comprehensive collection of materials about Oregon. The library also provides permanent public access to Oregon state government publications.
Library Support and Development Services includes planning for statewide library development, providing equal access to information resources for K-12 students through the Oregon School Library Information System, collecting and reporting public library statistics, and administering state and federal library grant programs. Current priorities are improving early literacy services to children in public libraries and facilitating access to library services for all Oregonians.
The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is the Regional Library for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Oregonians who are unable to read standard print because of visual or physical disability are eligible for free library services. Books and magazines are available in audio format and Braille.
The Operations Division provides services and resources for the other divisions. It includes the business manager, accountant, volunteer coordinator, information technology, executive assistant and state librarian.
We continue to be “at your service”…