First I need to point out that if I get the post out before 8:00 am on the day after I’m supposed to post it still counts!
On December 19th and 20th we had a meeting of the Board of Trustees and I wanted to share with you some of the items that were discussed. OSL has had a Board of Trustees since our beginning in 1905 and it is made up of seven citizens from around the state who are appointed by the Governor to serve four year terms.
The session on the 19th served as a planning retreat and consisted of reports by staff and members of the library community as well as discussion with the Board. The highlights of that day were a robust discussion between the Board and several members of the LSTA Advisory Council (selected by and advisory to the Board). John Russell from the University of Oregon, Carol Dinges from the Lebanon Public Library, and Wyma Rogers, retired from the Newport Public Library, represented the Council. The discussion centered around the LSTA priorities and Oregon’s five year plan. I think the best outcome of the discussion was the agreement to stay in closer communication about the best direction for LSTA funding.
We also heard from Mo Cole, representing the Public Library Division, about the draft Public Library Standards (which I mentioned last week and which I’m sure all of you have reviewed). One focus of the Board for the 109 years of their existence has been that all Oregonians have access to publicly supported library service. There are still Oregonians who have either no service or are underserved. We invited the PLD to start a discussion about the standards and how we can all use them to improve public library service in Oregon. I am looking forward to that discussion.
I want to reiterate the importance of our citizen Board of Trustees and thank them all for their hard work helping improve library service to Oregonians. Thank you!