[Libs-Or] Vailey Oehlke selected as next Multnomah County Library Director

HUMMEL Penny pennyh at multcolib.org
Mon Apr 20 13:13:26 PDT 2009

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From: HUMMEL Penny 
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Subject: Vailey Oehlke selected as next Multnomah County Library

April 20, 2009


Contact:           Jana McLellan, Multnomah County Chair's Office,

Penny Hummel, Multnomah County Library, 503-988-5498


Vailey Oehlke selected as new Multnomah County library director


Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler announced today that Vailey Oehlke,
currently deputy director of Multnomah County Library, has been selected
as the agency's next director of libraries.   


"Vailey emerged from our national search as the clear choice for this
critical leadership position," said Wheeler.  Adds Merris Sumrall, CEO
of The Library Foundation, "This is wonderful news.  Vailey's energy and
vision will set a strong direction for the library at a time when the
economy, the changing role of technology and our children's education
make the library more important than ever." 


Oehlke succeeds retiring director Molly Raphael and will begin her new
position May 1.  "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to lead
Multnomah County Library into the future," said Oehlke.  "I look forward
to working with the county's leadership, library staff, library
supporters and community leaders to ensure that our library system
remains a dynamic and vital resource for people of all ages."  


A longtime library professional, Oehlke began her career at Multnomah
County Library in 1997 as a youth librarian in the School Corps program,
working with educators and students in the schools.  She then joined the
staff of the downtown Central Library, first as a section administrator
and then as its director.  Appointed the library system's deputy
director in 2008, Oehlke currently oversees all the library's direct
services, including Central Library, the 16 branch libraries, various
outreach programs, and planning for the two new libraries in Troutdale
and Kenton.  


Her background also includes experience as a librarian with the
Beaverton City Library, the ITT Technical Institute and the Oregon City
Public Library.  She received her bachelor's degree from Northern
Illinois University in 1988 and her master's degree in library science
from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1992.  A longtime resident of
Northeast Portland, Oehlke is an active member of the American Library
Association and the Oregon Library Association.  


Oehlke's appointment as Director of Libraries is subject to the approval
of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on April 30.  

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