Portlanders object to limitations more than in any other city
PORTLAND, Ore. — October 16, 2019 — After Macmillan Publishers shared plans to restrict e-book access to a single copy for libraries during the first eight-weeks of publication beginning in November, people across North America rose up to object to the move.
Acclaimed author of There There to speak in Portland March 5
PORTLAND, Ore. — June 3, 2019 — Next January, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2020, the library’s 18th annual community reading project, with Tommy Orange and his debut novel, There There.
Who We Are exhibit honors those affected by 2017 MAX tragedy
PORTLAND, Ore. — May 6, 2019 — On May 11 Central Library will host a reception at 2:30 pm to mark the beginning of two exhibits in Central Library’s Collins Gallery that offer a platform for underrepresented immigrant and refugee voices in our community. The exhibit’s launch coincides with the upcoming two-year anniversary of the tragedy on MAX in May, 2017.
All Multnomah County libraries to open at noon May 16
PORTLAND, Ore. — April 29, 2019 — Beginning on at 5 pm on May 12 and through May 15, Multnomah County Library will upgrade the software that powers the library catalog, manages patron accounts and tracks library materials. The new software will provide improved email and phone notifications and better self-checkout stations. To ensure a smooth upgrade, all libraries will open at noon on May 16.
Local author’s work transforms from draft to e-book to printed edition with Library Writers Project
PORTLAND, Ore. — April 16, 2019 — For the first time, Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press have worked together to bring a Portland author’s novel to the printed page. The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland was first added to the library’s collection as an e-book as part of the Library Writers Project in 2016.
Grant-funded effort seeks to eliminate barriers to access and opportunity with community input
PORTLAND, Ore. — December 6, 2018 — Multnomah County Library will begin a new two-year initiative funded in part by a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust to better serve and support African and African American families.
Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press partner to print The Gifts We Keep in 2019
Beginning today, Multnomah County Library is accepting e-book submissions from local authors for inclusion in the library’s collection. In addition, the library is partnering with Ooligan Press to publish “The Gifts We Keep” by Portland author and past Library Writers Project contributor Katie Grindeland.
Acclaimed author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists to speak in Portland March 14
Next January, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2019, the library’s 17th annual community reading project, with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (for adults) and We Should All Be Feminists (for high school students).
New online collection offers 123 albums of local independent music to stream and download
Multnomah County Library has launched the Library Music Project, a new collection of more than 100 albums available to stream and download at librarymusicproject.com. Listeners can stream music from anywhere, and those with a Multnomah County Library card can sign in to download or make playlists.
Local partners advance efforts to reduce barriers to participation in a connected world
PORTLAND, Ore. — May 7, 2018 — On May 10, Multnomah County Library will join with the City of Portland and other partners for a Digital Inclusion Summit to share insights, identify knowledge gaps and to continue collaborative efforts to achieve digital equity.
Multnomah County Library (MCL) has finalized a contract with SirsiDynix to implement the company’s Symphony integrated library system (ILS). The ILS comprises the backbone of a library's technology environment, tying together transactions and data about patron checkouts and holds, ordering and cataloging new materials and it powers what patrons see on the library's website.
After conducting a national recruitment, Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke has named Terrilyn Chun as the library’s next deputy director. Chun, a 28-year Multnomah County Library staff member and Portland native, currently heads the division that coordinates public programs and outreach to older adults and vulnerable community members.