[Libs-Or] Strong progress made with Governor's office

MaryKay Dahlgreen mkdahlgreen at comcast.net
Thu Mar 15 16:15:53 PDT 2018

Dear friends,
I want to thank each and every one of you who have sent your incredibly wonderful words of support for me and the State Library. I also want to thank each of you for reaching out to the Governor’s office and to your Senators. It has been important that they hear our deep concerns about the process and the importance of transparency.

As I read Buzzy’s report on his meeting with the Governor’s staff and Amanda, the OLA lobbyist, I would like to echo Buzzy’s request to limit comments at this point in service to moving the state library and libraries in Oregon forward. I am very pleased that OLA and the Board will be deeply involved in the selection of the new state librarian, as they should be, and I have confidence that this will pave the way for a better relationship between the legislature, the Governor’s office, the state library and libraries in the state.

I hope to see many of you at the OLA conference. I am taking a well deserved break (if I do say so myself) and look forward to eventually getting back into the day to day of libraries. I have loved serving as state librarian and I look forward to continuing to work alongside the amazing library people in Oregon. 

MaryKay Dahlgreen

> On Mar 15, 2018, at 2:42 PM, Buzzy Nielsen, OLA President <olapresident at olaweb.org> wrote:
> OLA lobbyist Amanda Dalton and I met with the Governor's staff earlier today and are very satisfied with the progress. Our meeting focused on the future of the State Library and State Librarian.
> We are pleased by the selection of Caren Agata, Program Manager for the Government Information and Library Services division of the State Library, as interim director. We believe that Caren's appointment will provide much needed stability for the agency and its staff.
> We also are confident about the involvement both OLA and the Library Board will have in helping select the future State Librarian. OLA and the State Library Board will be involved in reviewing the position description and announcement, recommending candidates, and interviewing. The aim is to have a strong candidate, accepted by relevant stakeholders, that can be put forth for Senate confirmation in September.
> I assure you that your voices have been heard, both at the Governor's office and in the Senate. Your comments demonstrated that Oregon libraries have a strong interest in maintaining a well-run and well-managed State Library. At this time, it would be helpful if you could please limit comments directed to the Governor and Senators. This show of goodwill will help OLA, the State Library Board, and State Library staff better work together with the Governor's office and the Senate to ensure a positive future for the State Library.
> MaryKay Dahlgreen is a dedicated public servant who made many positive impacts during her 22 years at the State Library. Fortunately for us, this will not be the last we see of her in the Oregon Library community. However, right now we want to focus on the future of the State Library and State Librarian, both for the sake of the State Library staff and of its many stakeholders, including ourselves.
> Thank you all for caring so much!
> Cheers!
> Buzzy Nielsen
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