[Libs-Or] 2013 Oregon State Library Task Force on Collaborative Reference report

Caleb TUCKER-RAYMOND calebt at multco.us
Mon Oct 7 17:13:25 PDT 2013


The 2013 Oregon State Library Task Force on Collaborative Reference was
created earlier this year by State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen. They were
charged with answering these questions:

What are the needs of Oregonians in regards to reference and information

Which needs are most important to be addressed on a statewide level?

How can Oregon libraries, working together, best meet the most important
needs, using available resources?

A full report of the Task Force's recommendations is online at

In summary, the recommendations are:

• Continue to operate Answerland, Oregon’s existing statewide collaborative
reference service.
• Incorporate the creation of self-service tools for libraries and patrons
with Answerland’s existing activities.
• Reduce Answerland’s dependence on LSTA funding over 5 years.
• Increase funding from Oregon libraries for Answerland over 5 years.
• Identify a new fiscal agent for Answerland.
• Create a transition team to communicate the changes to Oregon libraries,
clarify a funding model, and identify a new fiscal agent and host.
• Use LSTA funds to raise awareness of LSTA-funded programs.

The recommendations will be considered by the Oregon State Library Board of
Trustees at their meeting October 25th 2013 at the State Library in Salem.

Previously, the report was accepted by the Oregon State Library's Library
Services and Technology Act Advisory Council at their meeting 9/19/2013.

A recent statistical report for Answerland, our statewide reference
service, is online at www.answerland.org/stats.

Caleb Tucker-Raymond

Statewide Reference Service Coordinator
Multnomah County Library
(503) 988-5438
calebt at multco.us
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