November 25, 2015

The Personal Touch | Readers’ Advisory


The goal of the My Librarian program at Multnomah County Library (MCL), Portland, OR, launched in April 2014, is to create a virtual space that ignites that same spark of connection and delight that patrons experience when they engage in person with library staff about books, thus building relationships and community and providing service at the patron’s point of need.

Three Cheers for Multnomah | Editorial


The most significant election news on November 6 happened in Multnomah County, Portland, OR. After a nearly 30-year struggle, the voters in Multnomah County decided by an overwhelming margin to create a permanent library district starting July 1, 2013.

I know library budget news can sometimes make eyes glaze; it often seems like the same story in a different place with different (shrinking) numbers.

Multnomah County Puts Library District on the Ballot

Voters in Multnomah County, OR, will consider a proposal to form a permanent library district this fall. The Multnomah County Library has been struggling financially because of the impact of a local property tax cap and lower contributions from the county’s general fund. The library is the largest in Oregon and it serves over 35,000 people […]

Multnomah Levy Wins in Landslide

Voters overwhelmingly approved a renewed levy for Oregon’s Multnomah County Library on May 15. Support for the measure ran a whopping 82 to 18 percent, according to The Oregonian. “We didn’t expect this kind of a margin,” The Portland Tribune quoted Brian Wilson, chairman of the Libraries Yes Campaign, as saying. “We thought it would […]

Multnomah County to Put Two Major Library Measures on Ballot in Short Time Span

A compromise reached Thursday will have voters in Multnomah County voting on two important library funding measures within a very short time span.