Challenge. We, in public libraries, are familiar with that word. Books and policies are frequently “challenged”, and we continue to face the challenge of offering more with less. The Aspen Institute’s “Dialogue on Public Libraries” was created to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of public libraries in the digital age. This groundbreaking initiative seeks to change the public’s perception of libraries and concludes that the longterm health of libraries is essential to the long-term health of the communities they serve. Four strategic opportunities for action are identified to guide the continuing transformation:

• Aligning library services in support of community goals

• Providing access to content in all formats

• Ensuring the long-term sustainability of public libraries

• Cultivating leadership Oregon libraries have risen to the challenge and addressed these opportunities.

This issue of the OLA Quarterly showcases libraries and library workers applying the four Aspen Institute “Strategies for Success.”

Author Biography

Pam North, OLAQ Guest Editor

Pam North has been involved in libraries since the second grade when she was selected as student assistant to the school librarian. She has over 20 years of experience working in public, academic and school libraries. As the former director of the Sherwood Public Library, Pam was instrumental in planning and designing a new 14,000 square foot library building. Her expertise also encompasses management of rural, small and medium-sized public libraries, library leadership, continuing education, and writing and editing for professional library publications.

Ann Roseberry, OLAQ Guest Editor

Ann knew in second grade that her world would be libraries. Her career goals included working in public, academic, and special libraries and earning a doctorate. Her current mission is recruiting the best and brightest to live library lives and to provide support to library administrators.

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