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Multnomah County Library launches $500,000 study focused on bridging ‘digital divide’

“The Multnomah County Library is teaming up with Portland State University to tackle the “digital divide” between low-income people and their wealthier counterparts nationwide. Library leaders announced plans this week to launch an extensive study of low-income library users’ technology habits and needs. They’ll share the results of that study with colleagues across the nation, in hopes of sparking widespread improvements in the way libraries cater to patrons with limited technology access. “A lack of basic computer and internet skills, or even a lack of comfort with those tools or access to those tools, can make it really hard to search for jobs, to access health information, to get in touch with family and friends,” said Amy Honisett, a Multnomah County librarian working on the study.” (via OregonLive.com)

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Multnomah County Library Celebrates 150 Years

“The Multnomah County Library celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday with birthday hats and a marching band. It’s the oldest library west of the Mississippi. Director Vailey Oehlke said the library began as private subscription collection called The Library Association of Portland. It was founded by a small group of Portland merchants, who each paid $3 to join and $12 a year to access books. “They were people whose names you would recognize: Ladd, Pittock, the names of folks who appear on our street signs. In 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was president, this community recognized that this was an important thing to have,” she said.” (via OPB)

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On Multnomah County Library’s 150th anniversary, leaders reflect on past, plot uncertain future

“In 1865, the first annual report from the Library Association of Portland lamented the time consumed in sending 1,400 books by sea and by land across the Panama Isthmus to stock the library’s shelves. The Panama Canal wouldn’t open for another 49 years. The books would arrive several months late, but the association’s record keeper noted the upside, in scrawling calligraphy: The books came at a discount.” (via OregonLive.com)

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Multnomah County Library to hire security manager in response to rising rate of incidents

“The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change. That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week, when he asked the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire a safety and security manager for the library system. The new hire will help develop a set of security policies and procedures for all 19 library branches. Ratliff said the manager will focus on “preventing things from happening, rather than just responding after the fact.” (via OregonLive.com)

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Multnomah County library proposal likely to raise concerns with Portland over possible service cuts

“Multnomah County voters in November will decide whether to bump up their property taxes enough to create a permanent library-taxing district. County commissioners voted 5-0 at a meeting attended by about 100 library supporters to refer the measure to the ballot. The $65 million taxing district would be paid for by increasing property taxes by up to $1.24 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Approval would both end a long series of temporary levies used to finance libraries and restore seven-day-a-week service that was trimmed to six earlier this year.”

via OregonLive.com

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Sad Cuts: Multnomah County Libraries Plan to Close on Mondays Starting in July

Blogtown – “Proposed budget are due to the county chair’s office today and the library’s pitch lays out $6.5 million in cuts that, if approved, would go into effect this August. The library, along with the rest of the county, is facing a serious budget gap and is digging up money in various ways.”

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