Director biography

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries

Vailey Oehlke was appointed Director of Libraries for Multnomah County in 2009. A longtime resident of Portland, she began her career at the library in 1997 as a youth librarian in the Multnomah County Library School Corps. After six years, she joined the staff of the downtown Central Library, first as a section administrator and then as director. She became the library's deputy director in 2008 and was promoted to director a year later.

A champion of innovation, Vailey is committed to helping Multnomah County Library anticipate and respond to the changing needs of our community by providing resources, services and spaces that help advance opportunity and equity.

Vailey is passionate about the important role of public libraries in developing vibrant and engaged communities, and she is actively engaged in local and national boards and advisory groups. She currently serves on the Nonprofit Technology Education Network (NTEN) board and is a member of the American Library Association and the Oregon Library Association. She is past President of the Public Library Association and has served on the Executive Boards of both the Public Library Association and the Urban Libraries Council.