[Libs-Or] Statement from Governor's office

Steve Casburn stevencm at multco.us
Thu Mar 15 09:30:27 PDT 2018

Does OLA expect to learn more about what the "clear and timely" / "clear
and reasonable" expectations in question were?

Thank you,


*Steve Casburn*
*Research + Evaluation Analyst*
Multnomah County Library
My schedule: Monday through Friday
Phone: 503.988.4549
stevencm at multcolib.org
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On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 5:33 PM, Buzzy Nielsen, OLA President <
olapresident at olaweb.org> wrote:

> Click With Care -
> [image: Click With Care]
> 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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