“State government is about to get all shook up. Officials are working on a decade-long overhaul of how state government works and what it does, and it will include changes across programs, internal systems such as technology services, and individual agencies. First up: The Oregon State Library. The Oregon Legislature approved the library’s budget for just one year and told it to come back with a plan for how to be more efficient and cut down on some of its costs.” (via Statesman Journal)
“MaryKay Dahlgreen became Oregon’s state librarian nearly a year ago, during a tumultuous time at the agency. The man newly hired to the post had resigned after suspicion arose over his credentials. Not only did Dahlgreen have to restore confidence; she had to reduce management staff and reassign tasks for those who remained.
Still, she pointed out during a recent interview, she has a job where she can make a difference for libraries, librarians and readers across the state. She can visit a library any time and call it work.”
Statesman Journal – “If you’ve downloaded an audiobook from Library2Go or taken your preschooler to storytime or relaxed in Stayton’s spacious new library, you have been touched by the career of State Librarian Jim Scheppke. He’ll retire in December after 25 years with the Oregon State Library, including 20 as its leader. Two of the state library’s missions are largely invisible to most Oregonians: providing information to state government and reading materials to blind and print-disabled people.”
Oregon Live – “The Oregon attorney general’s office has put its complaints database online, meaning consumers can better research companies before deciding where to take their business. Entries on the database, which contains complaints received since Jan. 1, 2008, do not include consumers’ names and offer limited information, such as a company’s address, the general category of the complaint and whether it was resolved.”