[Libs-Or] Statement from Governor's office

Kim kimread at rocketmail.com
Wed Mar 14 20:18:02 PDT 2018

Thank you Buzzy, for your continued and strong work on this. Can we find out what the “clear and timely expectations” were? 

Kim Read
Interim Dean of Libraries
Concordia University 

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> On Mar 14, 2018, at 5:33 PM, Buzzy Nielsen, OLA President <olapresident at olaweb.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> The Governor's office released the following statement to the media regarding the dismissal of State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen:
> “MaryKay Dahlgreen fell short of clear and timely expectations from legislators, and as a result of these performance issues, did not have the Senate support necessary for confirmation. Once qualms about her confirmation came to light, and in consideration of stability for State Library staff and programming, the Governor’s office offered to pursue a collaborative transition out of the role. Ms. Dahlgreen chose instead to be terminated and leave the State Library under unplanned and immediate circumstances. The State Library Board oversees the functions of the institution, but since HB 3523 passed in the 2015 legislative session reorganizing management of the State Library, personnel issues are handled by the legislative and executive branches.
> “The Governor strongly supports the mission of libraries and believes that a strong leader in the State Library is key to effectively drive its partner programming across the state. The Governor’s office will work to recruit a highly qualified candidate that can deliver on the clear and reasonable expectations for the State Library and the various educational programs it oversees.”
> Through our lobbyist Amanda Dalton, we have been having productive conversations with the Governor's office. They have been hearing your concerns, as have the Senators' offices. Amanda and I are scheduled to speak with the Governor's staff tomorrow afternoon. We have been pleased thus far that the Governor's office is committed to the mission of the State Library and libraries generally. Right now, we also are optimistic about future of the State Library and its staff. Caren Agata is an excellent choice for interim director, as she will carry on the good work that State Library employees have already been doing, and we're confident that the Governor's staff, OLA, and the State Library Board will be working together to ensure that we find a strong candidate to be the next State Librarian.
> As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
> Cheers!
> Buzzy
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