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Sarah E. Goode

Patent by Sarah E. Goode, by Krhaydon Public Domain, wikipedia

 

In 1884, a Chicago furniture store owner named Sarah E. Goode invented a folding cabinet bed to fit in small homes. Goode wanted to make it possible for people living in small homes to have furniture that fit in restricted space. When folded, the cabinet bed looks like a desk. Goode is now known as the first African American woman to receive a patent, on July 14, 1885. Today, there’s a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education school in Chicago named after Sarah E. Goode.

Further Exploration at BlackPast.org.

Available at Multnomah County Library: Sweet Dreams, Sarah by Vivian Kirkfield 

Hat Rock Oregon geology

Oregon has an extensive geologic history, which is viewable from roadside videos. There are also videos of various landforms in the state created by geologic actions. Like other Pacific Northwestern states, Oregon has many volcanoes. Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens are two volcanic peaks close to Portland. The geologic history of the whole Pacific Northwest was influenced by the great Missoula Floods which has left its mark, in the creation of the Columbia River Gorge. The geology of Eastern Oregon also features the mammal fossil beds at John Day, which include the Painted Hills. The Pacific Northwest also faces the potential of a massive earthquake, due to the Cascadia subduction zone.

 

Jody Redifer is redefining what he thought working at the library was about. 

Jody Redifer

He spends a fair amount of time roaming Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center delivering books -- yes, books -- to youth. There’s a Multnomah County Library location at the detention center, and Jody fills the role of librarian. 

The setting -- engaging exclusively with teens at Multnomah County’s Juvenile Justice Complex -- generally is not thought of as traditional library work. And Jody is unique in this moment in time among library staff, with patrons not allowed in other libraries due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Indeed, his presence isn’t lost on Jennifer Studebaker, youth services manager for Multnomah County Library. "He really strongly advocated for the ability to go back to direct service at Donald E. Long during COVID," she says. "So, he is one of the only library employees that I know of that’s doing direct service with youth in person."

Often during rounds in the halls of Donald E. Long, he catches the attention of youth in class. One recent day, a student waves, and points behind Jody. He wants to know when Jody will be back in the library. Jody smiles.

"I’ve been through and experienced some of the things these kids have done," he says, referring to an overnight stay at the detention center when he was 15-years-old.

"And I remember, even if I didn’t listen to the person - or if I didn’t really heed anybody’s advice or follow any good examples - I definitely remember the people who set positive examples for me in my delinquent days.’"

He says his detention center stint was a one-off; he didn’t plan on returning. Now, flash forward to late 2019, when he accepted the job at the detention center’s library. He’s been in the position nearly a year, and is glad to be back at Donald E. Long.

"It seems like I can do the most good for library services dealing with a population that’s marginalized, but that I can totally relate to in many ways, just having been there," he says. Jody notes that youth of color are disportionately over-represented in the detention center, a problem that Multnomah County Department of Community Justice seeks to address through a number of focused initiatives.

Jody says as a library assistant with Black Cultural Library Advocate knowledge specialty, he addresses community needs that are in line with the library’s mission to better serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color populations, and with more direct service from staff who look like them and often share similar life experiences.

"I can help the Black community in and around Portland and Multnomah County,’" he says. "It’s really kind of specific work.’"

He says detention center youth range from age 13 and older, and serves some into adulthood probation up to age 25. He says he primarily works with youth ages 15 to 19.

Daily duties include some of the same routines as his first library job in 2017 as an access services assistant at Fairview-Columbia Library (and later St. Johns and Gregory Heights libraries), and as a library assistant at Central Library immediately before going to Donald E. Long.

“I bounced around a lot,’’ he says, “until I finally settled in to, maybe, where I’m supposed to be.’’

Studebaker agrees with that assessment of Jody’s current place in the library system, having seen his impact when accompanying him during visits to Donald E. Long.

"The youth there really bond with the people that provide service to them," Studebaker says. "They do it because there is an adult giving them positive attention, which doesn’t always happen for kids who are in those kinds of situations.

"Not speaking against Donald E. Long,’’ she clarifies, “but thinking about life experiences for some of those youth."

To this end, Jody rejoices in achievements he witnesses, including those in motion before he started his position in January. One example is an 18-year-old and frequent library user, who in September earned his diploma.

“Before I came here, he was on track to do that," Jody says. "I was super excited because he’s one of my favorite kids that I have a pretty good relationship with, and he comes to current events and I order books for him personally. I’m very proud of him."

Part of Jody’s job involves overseeing a library volunteer program for detention center youth. He says youth who meet a standard amount of volunteer hours can earn high school elective credits, and also fulfil community service and probation requirements.

Studebaker says the program gives “youth the opportunity to be the owners and the deciders of something in their life.’’

"You don’t just show up and know how to volunteer, or know how to organize a community space. You have to learn,’’ she says. "For youth, they need it to be through their own lens."

Jody also engages youth in new programming, including a constant in his adult life. Working with library Outreach and Programming, he’s setting up a recording studio in the library to educate youth about the music-making and recording process.

He says he began drumming at age 18, and for many years has played in bands and as many as 150 live shows yearly around Portland. Until 2020. COVID-19 has all but put the brakes on live music performances.

He teaches a current events class, too, which, he says, fills a particular void. For a variety of reasons, he says, detention center residential youth aren’t allowed to access any media.

"So, I bring them current events once a week, just to try to get them caught up on things that are important. We try to keep an eye on culture and diversity; try to keep the news fairly unbiased but to look at it realistically."

He says he’s progressed more swiftly in his position because of his partnership with Daniel Carter, a juvenile custody services specialist at Donald E. Long.

"I work really closely with him with a lot of what I do,’’ Jody says. “So, I’m not doing it all by myself."

Studebaker refers to Carter as a “champion,’’ of sorts: “Someone who cares very deeply about meeting the needs of the youth, and has really helped Jody navigate … within Donald E. Long," she says.

Conversely, Jody says, Studebaker is equally supportive.

"I go to work, and the needs are just jumping out at me left and right. Jennifer has allowed me a lot of latitude to find solutions, and to establish relationships with the other moving parts inside Donald E. Long that the kids interact with, to where we can really offer the services that the library has available - what we specialize in."

And, for Jody, to also reimagine where he sees his place in the library.

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

KIDS REACT TO TYPEWRITERS

Kids aren't born knowing how to use a keyboard.  But in today’s keyboard-centric world, kids need to learn to type. Luckily, there are some good free online typing programs aimed at students.

The article  Ed Tech Ideas: Keyboarding Sites for Kids lists many links to other free typing games.

Need more help? Contact a librarian

Voters and members of the public should call Elections at 503-988-VOTE (8683) or visit multco.us/elections for more information on ballots or voting.

While library buildings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, the library is continuing its traditional role in supporting Multnomah County Elections leading up to the November 3 General Election. Voters can deposit ballots at all Multnomah County libraries and other official ballot drop sites

Returning ballots at the library is safe and secure. Library staff members who handle ballots are sworn election officials, in the same way as every worker who processes ballots at the Multnomah County Elections Division. Two library staff members are always present when ballots are retrieved from a book drop and placed into secure containers. Tampering with any ballot is a felony criminal offense.

Voters may sign up to track their ballot at multnomah.ballottrax.net. Observers are welcome in accordance with library rules and policies. All library buildings are equipped with security and alarm systems that are monitored 24/7.

About the oath for election officials

All Multnomah County election officials, including library staff who work in public locations, swear to the following oath for each election. 

I, the undersigned, being first sworn, say upon oath:

I will perform the duties of Election Official, according to the law, and I will diligently endeavor to prevent the violation of any provision of election law. I am not related to any person whose name appears on this ballot. (ORS 254.476)

Full name
Work email address 
Supervisor's work email address

By typing my full name below, I subscribe and swear to this oath on year/month/day 

Guidance related to election observers

Members of the public are welcome to film, observe and interact with voting or other library activity in accordance with library rules to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone. Election observers may not block access for voters or for others who are here to use library services.

Each library has a designated place where election observers can stand to watch ballots being dropped into library book drops. These locations give a good view of the book drop and observers won’t block access to the book drop or other library services when standing in that spot. They provide physical distancing in keeping with Governor Brown’s COVID-19 order. They are out of the way of vehicle traffic.

The observer area at each location is marked to make it easy to identify.

  • Albina: West end of the foot of the staircase on the public sidewalk near the west lawn.
  • Belmont: North of the north bike racks ,clear of the sidewalk that originates in the parking lot
  • Capitol Hill: Under covered area, between front door and bike rack. Observer must stay within 3 feet of the building so as to prevent blocking holds-pickup line.
  • Central: North end of the green bench at the corner of SW 11th Ave. and Yamhill St.
  • Fairview Columbia: SE Corner of the building, on sidewalk, next to the loading zone. 
  • Gregory Heights: Corner of the walkway, at the east end of the driveway.  May also stand next to the dumpsters, out of the way of the nearby parking spot. 
  • Gresham: To the left of the parking lot (north) side entrance doors (as you face them). Can accommodate 3 observers. They cannot block the bench or bike rack. 
  • Hillsdale: Facing the three bookdrop doors, to the left of the left bookdrop at the corner of the building (May not block access to the ramp or driveway).
  • Holgate: Coming from the direction of 82nd Ave, on the pathway to the right leading to the front doors.
  • Hollywood: On the bricks near the black garbage can, keeping a safe physical distance from the regular Street Roots vendor who use a nearby spot
  • Kenton: on the sidewalk, between the bike parking rail and curb 
  • Midland: East of the main library doors.
  • North Portland: Best observation will be from a parked vehicle on the street at the end of the ADA ramp.  May stand on the sidewalk in that area.
  • Northwest: Along NW 23rd Avenue (east side of building), taking care not to block the book drop, the staff entrance, nor the pedestrian traffic.
  • Rockwood: In the grass area, across from the book drop and about six feet further north toward the parking lot.
  • St Johns: Public sidewalk in front of library (anywhere on the sidewalk with direct line of sight to book return.
  • Sellwood-Moreland: On the sidewalk at the street, directly opposite the bookdrop, between the tree and the ADA parking sign
  • Troutdale: To the left (north) of the brick support column as you face the public entrance to the library, between the parking lot curb and the east edge of the column. 
  • Woodstock: Sidewalk area in front of the bike racks on the West side of the library building.
     

Enseñar a los niños cómo funciona el gobierno desde una edad temprana ayuda a fomentar la responsabilidad cívica en el futuro, especialmente cuando se trata de votar. Las familias pueden ayudar a los niños a aprender a través de juegos explicativos, información sobre las elecciones así como llevar a los niños a las urnas o mostrarles la boleta para votar y la guía para votantes que contiene información general de los candidatos y las propuestas de ley.

Otra forma de educar a sus niños sobre el sistema político es hablar con ellos sobre las elecciones actuales. Empiecen por lo que sus niños saben o han escuchado a través de las noticias, amigos y familiares; luego busque momentos de enseñanza durante la campaña que reflejen los valores que desea para sus niños, como el respetar diferentes puntos de vista y buscar la verdad.

Las conversaciones sobre los derechos y responsabilidades cívicas no terminan con la votación, su familia puede continuar aprendiendo durante todo el año sobre las votaciones y el sistema gubernamental en Estados Unidos y lo que significa ser un buen ciudadano.

Child in voting booth looking up at camera
Families can help children learn about the government through talking, reading and playing. And teaching children how the government works from an early age helps them become good citizens in the future, especially when it comes to voting.

Start with what your children know or have heard from the news, friends and family. Be sure to discuss the importance of respecting different points of view and seeking the truth. You can also read books, play games with younger and older kids, and show them your ballot and the pamphlet with the candidate's information. Take them with you when you drop off your ballot or put it in the mail. Maybe even hold your own elections at home!

And it doesn’t end with voting - your family can continue to learn throughout the year about the government system in America and what it means to be a good citizen. Below are some book lists for all ages that will help!

Librarian hands out books at library summer lunch program at Gresham Library

Some things remain the same, even as they change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multnomah County Library’s 2020 Summer Lunch Program is worth celebrating for this reason. The annual summer lunch program for youth transitioned to an outside, walkup distribution of grab-and-go style, cold sack lunches.

Gresham Library and partner Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham Library staff welcomed kids and parents/caregivers with free bags of reading materials while serving 1,899 meals over eight weeks in June, July and August. 

Gresham Library’s lunch service took off early, and with staff engaging families at the lunch and giveaway book bag tables. The lunch program welcomed families not only to get meals, but also to meet their home-learning needs.

Bilingual staff connected with patrons in their native language and assisted kids with finding just the right bag of books. Parents and guardians appreciated ready resources to help their kids prepare for school in the fall. And there were many memorable moments, including of a parent who was deeply grateful for bilingual staff for helping him check out kindergarten- and first grade-level books for his daughters.

Staff at Midland Library working for summer lunch program

Midland Library and partner Wattles Boys and Girls Club

Midland Library staff served 1,028 free lunches over seven weeks in July and August, and also gave free bags of reading materials to appreciative children and their parents/caregivers.

Recognizing how families were impacted by cancelling of in-person library programs due to the pandemic, staff got creative. They put together simple grab-and-go craft kits to give away with lunches and bags of books. This was one easy way for the library to continue to connect with kids and to connect kids with hands-on activities during summer.

“My son has been very appreciative; not just of the lunch that he has been provided with, but with stickers, smiles, and waves that so many Midland staff have provided,” one parent said. “Since there are so few places I feel I can safely take him, it has been wonderful to be able to bring him to the library just so he can have positive interactions with caring people … even if from a distance behind masks. Thank you to everyone for making these little adventures special to him!”

Kids lined up for summer lunch program at Rockwood Library

Rockwood Library and partner Reynolds School District

Excited kids were greeted with bags of reading materials by Rockwood staff, who served 545 lunches over seven weeks in June, July and August. 

Indeed, Rockwood staff went above and beyond in letting their community know about the lunch program. Facing a pandemic, lunch participants focused on the positive, inspiring and heartwarming ways that manifested in many uplifting stories from families served.

One Rockwood family said they enjoyed their lunches picnic-style. They made the meal special after returning home by having “inside picnics,” as if they were at a restaurant. At the end of the meal, they wrapped up lunch time with a fun activity: singing, dancing, and, of course, reading! 

Jade Newgaard was the wary-eyed student. 

GED student Jade Newgaard

“I never cared a lot about school,’’ she says. “It was not on my radar.”

Then she met Colleen Latimer, General Educational Development (GED) Educator for Multnomah County’s Library Outreach Services. They communicated often while tackling math equations, and gradually, this school thing started to click for Newgaard.

“Without her, I don’t think I would have done everything I needed to do,’’ Newgaard says. “I was always second-guessing myself. And she was like, ‘You can do it! You can do it!’ ”

Now Newgaard is taking her first college classes, starting this month at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus in Southwest Portland. She says she’s pursuing an associates degree in applied science, and with an interior design focus.

“I’m so nervous,’’ Newgaard says, her voice a mix of accomplishment and anticipation.

She’s succeeding, in part, by staying the course: working with library staff and volunteers that helped keep her GED goal in sight when libraries were closed in mid-March. Growing concern over COVID-19 infections required the drop-in, volunteer tutor-based GED program to pivot from in-person sessions at libraries to a largely Zoom- and phone-centered virtual format, Latimer says.

The program is part of the library’s adult literacy offerings, which aim to meet wide-ranging literacy needs of marginalized adults, fill gaps in community resources, and engage a diverse community. Support includes GED exam tutoring in math, social studies, science, and language arts. Prior to library closures due to COVID-19, the GED program operated out of Central, Gresham, Midland, North Portland, Rockwood, and St. Johns libraries. These branches serve higher proportions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as immigrant communities.

Tutoring is an essential bridge to the critical next step of passing four tests to obtain the General Education Development certificate. To this end, Latimer says, students have benefited from a $16,000 grant that helped fund Latimer’s position and vouchers provided by the library to cover the costs of the tests. The library also pays the $6 practice test fee, she says.

“It’s a big part of why people come to the library’’ for tutoring, Latimer says.

“If they are working on it on their own, the tests are $38 each. And, at minimum, they’re going to take each of the four tests to pass. So, that is $152, at minimum, because people frequently need to retake a test.’’

Latimer teams with Lisa Regimbal, Multnomah County Library Adult Literacy Coordinator. She connects tutors and students, and paired Newgaard with tutors that helped her through the program.

About 100 participants completed orientation over the course of the past year, Latimer says, with Newgaard among roughly 35 actively involved when libraries closed. At each drop-in session before libraries closed, volunteer tutors with a variety of skills were available for patrons.

“The tutors definitely are the backbone of the program,’’ Regimbal says. “We’re able to meet the needs of many more learners because the tutors willingly give their time.’’

Regimbal says the program currently is supported by about 20 tutors, their commitments ranging between two and six hours a week. The consistent participant numbers underscore the program’s ability to adapt during the pandemic, with library buildings not yet open to patrons due to COVID-19-related physical distancing and other safety protocols.

“People have come to a point of acceptance that this is going to happen for a long time,’’ Latimer says, referring to the ongoing worldwide pandemic and many resulting lifestyle changes, including at work and home.

They include tutors, too, such as Jerry Hanson, a retired high school math teacher and tutor for three years. He says he’s tutored 10 hours a week since spring, and finds the new arrangement more convenient than drop-in tutoring at the library.

“Doing the remote thing is actually better in some ways for some students,’’ he says, noting that the student he currently tutors works weekends. So, they connect between Mondays and Fridays. “That works because I’m really flexible with time.’’ 

Latimer says 28 students currently are active in the program, citing Newgaard as an example of the program as a gateway to community college and, eventually, four-year colleges and universities.

“It’s more common and accepted today than it was in the past to attend college after getting a GED,’’ Latimer says.

Newgaard’s journey to this point started in late-winter 2019, after, she says, she “stumbled across the program on a Google search.”

“I just really wanted to do it for myself,’’ she says. “I just felt ready.” Her mantra was: “I want to graduate.”

But Newgaard knew her commitment would be tested. She was working part-time, and primarily responsible for running the family household of two elementary school-aged children and her husband, who works full-time.

So, in addition to Latimer, Newgaard says, she’s been grateful for Regimbal. “I never felt like I wasn’t getting help.’’

“They make it easy,’’ Newgaard says “Not easy on what you need to do. They make it easy to show up.”

That’s high praise from a once-reluctant-student-now-turned-GED-graduate.

“She called me a trail-blazer the other day,’’ Newgaard says, referring to Latimer. “It almost made me cry.”

Learn more about the library's GED tutoring program

heading from an early page of the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths

Have you ever had trouble finding an obituary for a Portland ancestor who died around the turn of the last century?  You’re not alone!

In the 19th century and even in the early 20th, newspapers often put obituaries in with the regular news, making them hard to find.  This was also before it was common for Portland newspapers to include a "Daily city statistics" section listing the names of people who had died in the city recently.  So it’s no wonder that it can be a big challenge to find Portland obituaries from before about 1910.  

But I have good news for you: if your ancestor was a Portlander, and if they died within city limits 1881-1917, their death was probably recorded in the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths.

What is the Ledger Index?

The Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths is a long list of people who died in the city of Portland 1881-1917.  It’s quite a bit more robust than most modern death indexes -- in addition to the name and death date of each person included, it includes details like the address or name of the place where the person died, their cause of death, and (in some years) the name of the cemetery where they were buried.  This additional information makes the Ledger Index a pretty decent substitute for obituaries.  

Here’s what the Ledger Index actually looks like.  The library has a microfilmed copy, which is why it’s white text on a black background.

Finding your ancestor

The Ledger Index is arranged by date of death -- because of this, it’s sometimes referred to as the “Chronologic Index.”  If you know the date your ancestor died, simply go to that date and hopefully you’ll find them!

If you don’t know your ancestor’s date of death, try looking for their name in the Oregon State Archives’ Oregon Historical Records Index.  This index includes most records from the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths.  If your ancestor is listed, their date of death should lead you to the correct page of the Ledger Index.

Racial classification in the Ledger Index

There are some challenges to using the Ledger Index.  The information in the Index is a primary source, created a full century ago, and it is a government record reflecting the mainstream standards and ideas of its time.  There is no context or commentary to interpret the index for you -- you will have to provide your own analysis.  

One thing these records show us is the unexamined racism of the past.  The Ledger Index states the race of each person listed, often using terms that are decidedly not used in polite speech today: “Chinese,” “Colored,” “Half-Breed,” “Mulatto,” “White,” and possibly others.  Some of these terms appear on the zoomed-in image from January 1882 at left.  In later years, single-letter abbreviations are used.  There is no key showing what the abbreviations meant, but I’ve guessed that “C” stands for “colored” (meaning Black or African-American); “W” for “white;” and “Y” for “yellow” (meaning Asian or Asian-American).   

Causes of death in the Ledger Index

This detail from a January 1882 Ledger Index page shows some familiar-sounding causes of death: “still born,” "consumption," “scarlet fever.”  But read if you read through a few pages worth of deaths, you'll also find unexpected causes like “softening of spinal marrow.”  If you find your ancestor’s death has officially been recorded due to something that doesn’t sound like it would kill a person, be prepared to draw gentle, careful conclusions.  And remember, you may need to do some research to discover what a cause-of-death term meant in the past. 

Portland deaths only

Another thing to beware of when using the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths is that it mostly only includes people who died within the city limits of Portland.  And the city was quite a bit smaller 100 years ago than it is now!  (A few people whose bodies were cared for by a Portalnd undertaker or whose bodies travelled through Portland are also included.)

Fortunately, the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability has a very helpful map showing historical annexations to the city of Portland (pdf), which you can look at to get a sense for where city limits were during your ancestor’s lifetime.  

Of course, people are mobile.  The Ledger Index lists people who died in Portland, not people who lived there.  Your ancestor who lived in Linnton or East Portland or St. Johns could well have died within Portland city limits, particularly if they died in an accident or in a hospital.

Using the Ledger Index, and getting help with it

You can consult the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths at Central Library.  Ask at any reference desk, and the librarian on duty will help you get the volumes you need.  To read it, you’ll need to use one of Central Library’s microfilm machines -- read more about that in my colleague Ross B.’s post Microfilm at the library.

But you don’t have to visit the library to tap the riches of this great resource --  librarians are always happy to help.  Just get in touch with us by phone or email, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions or help you plan your research. 

In the meantime, happy researching!

 

Kids need to socialize and de-stress, but how can they hang out with friends while living in our COVID-19 world? Outside is probably the best play space and our summer weather is lasting into September! We’ve collected some resources and ideas for physically distant (C19-compatible), off-screen and in-person activities. Choose a space that gives kids room to interact safely for the chosen activity and have fun!

sidewalk chalk hopscotch course

Be physically active while physically distanced

 Get creative

  • make a Story Walk
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Create a DIY drum or other percussion instrument, like this Pellet Drum. Take your new instrument outside and make some music!
  • Pre-packaged bags with a craft. Have a display table or space for sharing everyone’s creation.
  • Paint rocks, then place them around your neighborhood
  • Tell a group story with each person sharing one sentence. The first person can begin “Once upon a time” and complete that sentence. The next person continues the story. People can alternate between "fortunately" and "unfortunately" while adding their lines.
  • How about a drive-in? Little kids can make cars from boxes and other provided supplies, and then sit in their cars to watch a short movie on a sheet. Or have friends bring blankets or chairs and snacks.

Play a game

  • Charades
  • Alphabet memory game such as “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing..” or “I’m going on a trip and I’m packing..” The first person starts by naming something that begins with A and the next person repeats the first person’s item and adds something that starts with B. And so on.
  • ‘What's Yours” Circle Game. Someone leaves the group and the rest of people decide on something. The person who is "It" then asks random people in the circle "What's yours?" and then uses that to guess what the things is. For example, the group decides the thing will be hair. Then the person comes back and asks people, "What's yours?" and they can answer black, dyed, dry, silky, long, greasy, etc. until the person guesses what it is.
  • Geocaching or a treasure hunt with staggered start times
  • Make your own bowling pins, reusing materials you might otherwise recycle or toss--paper towel tubes (cover both ends and put some dried beans or something inside for a little weight), pringles cans, water bottles. Use a small ball to bowl. Your bowling 'alley' could be set up on a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or playground.

Looking for more ideas? Try these resources

With the impacts of COVID-19 many people are struggling to pay rent and may be facing eviction. Here are some resources to help you get the information you need to navigate this difficult situation.

Note: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.

If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!

Current Oregon Statewide Eviction Moratorium for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 through December 31, 2020

“The Governor has issued a new Executive Order, ensuring that Oregon renters are protected from eviction until December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants for nonpayment during this time. Landlords also cannot use most kinds of no-cause notices until the end of the moratorium. Landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot report nonpayment of rent or fees to credit agencies. Landlords also cannot give notices of termination without cause (unless the landlord has sold the property or intends to move into the property) or file for an eviction based on a termination without cause between April 1 and December 31. Tenants continue to have a grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back rent that came due between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The grace period does not apply to rent that came due between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Unless a new law is passed between now and the end of December, that rent will have to be paid all at once in January. .”
This Handout from Oregon Law Help goes over specific tenant obligations under this law and includes a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section. Keep in mind that this law covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement.

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19


“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under
Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”This Order is effective September 4th through December 31, 2020. Keep in mind that it covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement. Read the entire order here

Who to Contact for Help

Rental Services Office - Portland Housing Bureau
You can call or email their helpline with questions. They have a very thorough Resources page, as well, scroll to the bottom for landlord resources.

Community Alliance of Tenants
They have a Renter's Rights Hotline, Know Your Rights information on their website, eviction support, and more help for tenants.

Legal Resources

Resources from the Oregon State Bar:
Landlord and Tenant Law - A great general resource about the law in Oregon. Sections are available on Residential Eviction Notices, Residential Evictions, and Residential Eviction Defenses. New Rules for Landlords this pamphlet outlines tenant protections in SB 608 (passed in February of 2019).

Termination Notices & Eviction 
Legal Aid Services of Oregon created this 39 page guide for tenants to help them defend against an eviction. The guide was written pre-pandemic, but does take into account Portland-specific ordinances.

Housing Discrimination


It can be very difficult to prove you're being discriminated against in housing, but the Fair Housing Council of Oregon is the resource for all things related to housing discrimination, for both consumers and providers. 

The library announced in July that, due to COVID-19, it would conduct a process to reduce its pre-pandemic staffing model. That service model existed for a time when we could provide in-person services within our small library spaces and out in the community in settings like schools, daycares and retirement homes. 

Our world has changed and so has our work. The library’s priorities focus our work around offering services and resources to meet heightened community needs, safely and within COVID-19 limitations, like supporting home learning for students and families, providing online GED tutoring, offering virtual tech help in languages other than English, and more

As noted in a public update last month, we have worked hard to mitigate the impact of staffing reductions to individual staff members. I can report today that we are nearing the end of this process and no union-represented library personnel will be involuntarily laid off from Multnomah County employment on September 30

Through a collaborative process with AFSCME Local 88 and Multnomah County partners, and by creating new community-focused positions based on the input of library staff, we have greatly reduced the number of affected employees. Our latest information indicates we will be able to retain all but approximately 26 employees at the library. All of these employees will be offered positions within Multnomah County, including working to support the county’s pandemic response efforts. We are working with our County partners to finalize details of those positions.

This creative and collaborative approach to reduce the impacts for library workers has been the library’s goal and expectation throughout the process. 

To reduce the number of total union-represented layoffs, the library eliminated current vacancies (43 positions); offered incentives for voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff (26 positions); and created new permanent and temporary positions that better align with the work we can provide now within COVID-19 limitations (27 positions), which current library staff will fill. 

Pie chart showing ways impact of library workforce reductions reduced

This has been an anguishing and difficult process for everyone at the library. COVID-19 has revealed a unique moment in history; one we have never before experienced and one I hope we never see again after it’s over. As we conclude this difficult stage, all of us at the library will work together to focus on serving and supporting our community as it works to recover from the virus and strive toward a more equitable and just future.

Vailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries

The COVID-19 pandemic presents many unique legal challenges. Here are some resources to help you get the information and support you need during this difficult time. (Check out Law help: legal research assistance and legal aid for more resources.)

Note: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.

If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!


Free, reliable legal information on multiple topics, including housing protections, stimulus money, and court closures.
 
Access to authoritative informational and legal resources from the State of Oregon Law Library.
 
An up-to-date list of federal legislation, regulation, and contract spending related to COVID-19. From Skopos Labs.
 

Housing

 
The latest information from Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. 
 
Information about Oregon’s eviction moratorium and rent replacement grace period. From the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon.
 

Workplace

 
Oregon regulation and guidance pertaining to workplace issues like safety, sick time, and discrimination.
 
Information from the U.S. Department of Labor.
 

Family

 
Prepared by Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center.
 
From the Oregon Department of Justice.
 
A joint statement from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
 

Immigrants and Refugees

 
Information and resources from the Oregon Attorney General.
 
A general overview of some of the federal public programs available to support individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis. From Protecting Immigrant Families.
 
Information about your employment and sick time rights in Oregon.
 

Consumer

 
From the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection.
 
A list of resources to help families navigate their financial lives during the pandemic.

Drawing of Lady Justice in front of an American flag.
Life is full of law questions. Whether you are researching laws or looking for legal help, we can suggest some excellent resources to help you out.

First, a caveat: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.

The following is not a comprehensive list, but it will help you get started. (Check out COVID-19 law help for resources specific to the pandemic.) If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!


Free & reduced-cost legal help:

 
The Community Legal & Educational Access & Referral Clinic provides free assistance with criminal record and eviction expungements, DACA applications and renewals, housing and immigration court navigation, legal name and gender-marker changes, and more.
 
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
A statewide non-profit organization that provides access to legal help for people to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.
 
The OSB Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a lawyer who may be able to assist you with your legal matter.
 
Oregon State Bar Modest Means program
An OSB program to help moderate-income Oregonians find affordable legal assistance.
 
A nonprofit law firm that offers sliding-scale legal services.

Legal advocacy and assistance for:

Artists
Consumers
Crime victims
Families
Immigrants and refugees
Inmates
LGBT+ community
Military service members and their dependents
Native American community
People with disabilities
Renters
Russian community
Seniors
Teens
Veterans
Workers

Legal research and forms:

 
General legal information on a variety of topics, provided as a public service by Oregon's lawyers. 
 
Free legal information for low-income Oregonians.
 
Links to resources for users who want to learn more about the law and courts or want to represent themselves in a legal matter.
 
Provides legal reference assistance and more six days a week; you can access various legal forms and complete NOLO legal reference books on common legal topics online, 24/7, through their website. The Washington County Law Library is also open to the public and has many great resources online and in person.
 
Promoting justice by providing all Oregonians with access to legal information and legal research assistance.
 
Forms, court records, and information about going to court.
 
Free online access to court calendars and basic case information for the Oregon circuit courts and the Oregon Tax Court.
 
A legal research tool that lets you search sources of law from Oregon, the U.S. Government and many other western states. 
 
Provides online access to briefs and opinions of the Oregon Supreme and Appellate Courts, legal research guides, and in-person and virtual legal reference services.
 
Information and forms from the federal Judiciary.
 
Includes legislative information and a Guide to Law Online.
 
Learn about your rights as a person living in the United States of America.
 
Find out how to file a complaint or appeal a decision related to health information privacy, civil rights, Medicare, and more.

13 августа 2020 г.

Пандемия COVID-19 изменила многое. Теперь каждый человек, каждая семья, каждая организация должны думать по-другому, в том числе и библиотека округа Малтнома.

Некоторые из изменений, требуемых этой новой реальностью, включают в себя кадровые изменения. Пока мы живем в условиях пандемии, у нас есть не только значительные ограничения на частное обслуживание, но и гораздо меньше,чем раньше, пользователей библиотеки. Поэтому мы находимся в сложном процессе сокращения некоторых рабочих мест на время пандемии.
(Здесь вы найдете объяснение данной необходимости).

О том, что происходит в библиотеке была неверная информация, и я хочу убедиться, что общественность в курсе событий и имеет точную информацию.

Библиотека внесла серьезные изменения за последние несколько месяцев. Были добавлены новые услуги, такие как расширенный онлайн-доступ и выдача забронированных материалов. Другие адаптированные услуги находятся в процессе реализации. Мы знаем, насколько наше сообщество ценит библиотечные ресурсы, а также трудолюбивый и преданный своему делу персонал библиотеки, который является сердцем Библиотеки округа Малтнома.

Мы работаем с профсоюзом, представляющим библиотечных работников - AFSCME Local 88 - чтобы помочь людям, которые в конечном итоге будут уволены с работы в библиотеке. Пока еще никого не уволили. Профсоюзный договор между округом Малтнома и профсоюзом AFSCME Local 88 направляет процесс и устанавливает правила, которые в основном зависят от продолжительности трудового стажа и определяют, кто может остаться или должен уйти, в случае сокращения должностей.

По мере сокращения штата мы тесно сотрудничаем с профсоюзом, чтобы минимизировать последствия увольнений следующими способами:

  • Предложение стимулов для добровольного выхода на пенсию и добровольных увольнений
  • Выявление эффективных новых услуг, которые могут быть предоставлены в рамках ограничений COVID
  • Ищем варианты трудоустройства в округе Малтнома, направленные на борьбу с пандемией и другие виды работ

Некоторые преувеличивают масштабы запланированных увольнений и выражают озабоченность по поводу последствий для сотрудников, которые являются представителями чернокожего, коренного и цветного населения. В библиотеке работает около 580 сотрудников. В настоящее время мы планируем сократить представленный персонал на 79 должностей, при этом еще шесть должностей будут переведены с полной занятости на неполную. Мы надеемся и ожидаем, что по крайней мере некоторые из сотрудников не останутся без работы, а займут другие должности в округе Малтнома. Это число ниже наших первоначальных прогнозов и является результатом наших совместных обсуждений с участием руководства профсоюзов и сотрудников библиотеки.

Мы надеемся еще больше сократить количество увольнений и узнаем окончательные цифры к концу августа. Мы будем творчески подходить к вариантам для каждого человека и будем стремиться поддержать их в этом трудном процессе.

Наша библиотека много работала над тем, чтобы нанять больше сотрудников из числа чернокожих, коренных и цветных (BIPOC) слоев населения, особенно в последние годы. Некоторые из должностей этих работников имеют дополнительную защиту KSA (Знания, Навыки и Способности), привязанную к языку и культуре. Другие сотрудники BIPOC работают без такой защиты и имеют больше шансов быть «вытесненными» сотрудниками с более продолжительным стажем. Это факторы, которые мы не можем изменить, поскольку они регулируются профсоюзным договором. Мы резко ограничили сокращение привязанных к KSA должностей до четырех, потому что наши приоритеты сосредоточены на обслуживании BIPOC и других сообществ, наиболее пострадавших от пандемии.

С началом пандемии библиотека рассмотрела предложения персонала для работы в новой реальности. Мы расширили нашу работу при помощи инновационных онлайн-программ, видоизмененной программы "Летние чтения", расширенного доступа к важным темам, программы бесплатных летних обедов. Продолжается  работа с пожилыми и людьми, которые не в состоянии выйти из дома, а также взаимодействие с партнерами по сообществу и многое другое.

Библиотека будет продолжать прислушиваться к мнению своих сотрудников в поисках эффективных идей и предложений, которые можно внедрить быстро и своевременно, чтобы помочь нашему сообществу. На этой неделе начнут действовать компьютерные лаборатории на открытом воздухе. Предлагается бесплатное мобильное распечатывание во всех отделениях библиотеки. Далее мы предложим  удаленную техническую помощь, а также заимствование Chromebook и точек доступа Wi-Fi. Мы получили много других идей и предложений, над которыми будем работать.

Библиотека сделает все возможное, чтобы предложить варианты, поддержку и сочувствие в этом процессе. Мы сосредоточимся на том, чтобы вместе с соответствующими кадрами помочь нашему сообществу оправиться. Мы также будем следить за ближайшим горизонтом, чтобы лучше служить будущим поколениям.

Vailey Oehlke, Библиотеки округа Малтнома

Ngày 13 tháng 8 năm 2020

Đại dịch COVID-19 đã thay đổi mọi thứ. Giờ đây mỗi người, mỗi gia đình, mỗi tổ chức phải nghĩ khác đi, kể cả Thư viện Hạt Multnomah.

Một số thay đổi theo yêu cầu của thực tế mới này bao gồm thay đổi về nhân sự. Trong khi sống chung với đại dịch, chúng tôi có những giới hạn đáng kể đối với dịch vụ trực tiếp và ít người sử dụng thư viện trực tiếp hơn nhiều so với trước đây. Vì vậy, chúng tôi đang gặp khó khăn trong việc giảm bớt một số việc làm trong thời gian đại dịch diễn ra . (Tôi đã viết ở đây để giải thích tại sao).

Đã có thông tin không chính xác về những gì đang xảy ra tại thư viện và tôi muốn đảm bảo rằng công chúng được cập nhật và có thông tin chính xác.

Thư viện này đã thực hiện những điều chỉnh lớn trong vài tháng qua, bổ sung thêm các dịch vụ mới như truy cập trực tuyến mở rộng và nhận sách lề đường - và nhiều bản điều chỉnh đang được tiến hành. Chúng tôi biết cộng đồng của chúng tôi đánh giá cao các nguồn tài nguyên thư viện và đội ngũ nhân viên thư viện chăm chỉ và tận tâm,là nhịp tim của Thư viện Hạt Multnomah.

Chúng tôi đang làm việc với công đoàn đại diện cho những người làm công tác thư viện - 
AFSCME Local 88 - để giúp những người cuối cùng sẽ bị sa thải khỏi công việc thư viện của họ. Trong khi chưa có ai bị sa thải, hợp đồng công đoàn giữa Hạt Multnomah và Địa phương 88 hướng dẫn quy trình này và đặt ra các quy tắc, chủ yếu dựa trên thâm niên, về ai có thể ở lại và ai phải rời đi khi các vị trí bị cắt.

Khi chúng tôi giảm quy mô lực lượng lao động, chúng tôi đang hợp tác chặt chẽ với công đoàn để giảm thiểu tác động của việc sa thải theo những cách sau:

  • Cung cấp các ưu đãi cho nghỉ hưu tự nguyện và sa thải tự nguyện
  • Xác định các dịch vụ mới có tác động có thể được cung cấp trong các ràng buộc COVID
  • Tìm kiếm các lựa chọn vị trí việc làm tại Quận  Multnomah để ứng phó với đại dịch và các loại công việc khác

Một số đã phóng đại quy mô kế hoạch sa thải của thư viện và bày tỏ lo ngại về tác động đối với các nhân viên người da đen, người bản địa và người da màu. Thư viện có khoảng 580 nhân viên. Chúng tôi hiện dự kiến ​​sẽ giảm 79 nhân viên đại diện, với thêm 6 vị trí chuyển từ toàn thời gian (full-time) sang bán thời gian (part-time). Chúng tôi hy vọng và kỳ vọng rằng ít nhất một số người đang đảm nhiệm các vị trí này sẽ không bị mất việc, mà bù vào các vị trí khác tại Quận Multnomah. Con số này thấp hơn so với dự đoán ban đầu của chúng tôi và là kết quả của các cuộc thảo luận hợp tác của chúng tôi với ban lãnh đạo công đoàn và nhân viên thư viện.

Chúng tôi hy vọng số lượng sa thải sẽ giảm hơn nữa và sẽ biết con số cuối cùng vào cuối tháng 8. Chúng tôi sẽ xem xét các lựa chọn cho từng người và cố gắng hỗ trợ họ trong suốt quá trình khó khăn này.

Thư viện của chúng tôi đã làm việc chăm chỉ để thuê thêm nhân viên là Người da đen, Người bản địa và Người da màu (BIPOC) đặc biệt là trong những năm gần đây. Một số vị trí của người lao động đó có các biện pháp bảo vệ bổ sung về Kiến thức, Kỹ năng và Năng lực (KSA), gắn liền với ngôn ngữ và văn hóa. Các nhân viên khác của BIPOC có công việc mà không có sự bảo vệ đó và có nhiều khả năng bị nhân viên có thâm niên hơn “đẩy đi”. Đó là những yếu tố chúng tôi không thể thay đổi vì chúng được điều chỉnh bởi hợp đồng với công đoàn. Chúng tôi đã giới hạn nghiêm ngặt việc cắt giảm các vị trí KSA đó xuống còn bốn vị trí vì các ưu tiên của chúng tôi tập trung vào việc phục vụ các cộng đồng BIPOC và những người khác bị ảnh hưởng nhiều nhất bởi đại dịch.

Kể từ khi đại dịch bắt đầu, thư viện đã sử dụng các góp ý của nhân viên để làm việc theo những cách mới. Thông qua các sáng tạo chương trình trực tuyến, đọc sách mùa hè được sửa đổi, mở rộng khả năng tiếp cận các chủ đề quan trọng, bữa trưa mùa hè miễn phí, tiếp cận với người cao niên và người bị hạn chế ở trong nhà, tiếp cận với các đối tác cộng đồng và hơn thế nữa, chúng tôi đã mở rộng công việc của mình.

Thư viện sẽ tiếp tục xem xét và lắng nghe nhân viên của mình để có những ý tưởng và đề xuất có tác động mà chúng tôi có thể đưa ra nhanh chóng và theo thời gian để giúp đỡ cộng đồng của chúng tôi. Tuần này, thư viện sẽ bắt đầu các phòng máy tính ngoài trời. Tiếp theo là in ấn di động miễn phí tại tất cả các địa điểm. Chúng tôi sẽ cho mượn Chromebook và điểm phát sóng wi-fi và cung cấp trợ giúp về công nghệ từ xa. Chúng tôi đã nhận được rất nhiều ý tưởng và đề xuất khác mà chúng tôi sẽ phát triển và hành động.

Thư viện sẽ làm mọi thứ có thể ngay bây giờ để đưa ra các lựa chọn, hỗ trợ và lòng trắc ẩn trong quá trình này. Chúng tôi sẽ tập trung vào việc giúp cộng đồng của chúng tôi phục hồi, với lực lượng lao động phù hợp để làm điều đó. Chúng tôi cũng sẽ luôn dõi theo đường chân trời với tầm nhìn để phục vụ tốt hơn các thế hệ tương lai.

Vailey Oehlke, giám đốc thư viện

13 de agosto de 2020

La pandemia de COVID-19 lo ha cambiado todo. Cada persona, cada familia, cada organización tiene que pensar de manera diferente ahora, incluida la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah.

Algunos de los cambios que requiere esta nueva realidad incluyen cambios en la dotación de personal. Mientras vivimos con la pandemia, tenemos límites significativos para el servicio en persona y muchos menos usuarios de la biblioteca en persona que antes. Por lo tanto, estamos en el difícil proceso de reducir algunos puestos de trabajo mientras dure la pandemia. (Escribí aquí para explicar por qué).

Ha circulado información incorrecta sobre lo que está sucediendo en la biblioteca, y quiero asegurarme de que el público esté actualizado y tenga información precisa.

Esta biblioteca ha realizado importantes ajustes en los últimos meses, agregando nuevos servicios como acceso ampliado en línea y recogida de libros en la puerta, y hay más adaptaciones en camino. Sabemos cuánto valora nuestra comunidad los recursos de la biblioteca y el personal de la biblioteca dedicado y trabajador, que son el corazón de la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah.

Estamos trabajando con el sindicato que representa a los trabajadores de la biblioteca, AFSCME Local 88, para ayudar a las personas que finalmente serán despedidas de sus trabajos en la biblioteca. Si bien aún no se ha despedido a nadie, el contrato sindical entre el Condado de Multnomah y el Local 88 guía este proceso y establece reglas, principalmente basadas en la antigüedad, sobre quién puede quedarse y quién debe irse cuando se eliminan los puestos.

A medida que reducimos el tamaño de nuestra fuerza laboral, estamos trabajando en estrecha colaboración con el sindicato para minimizar los impactos de los despidos de las siguientes maneras:

  • Ofreciendo incentivos para la jubilación voluntaria y el despido voluntario
  • Identificando nuevos servicios de alto impacto que se pueden dar dentro de las limitaciones de COVID
  • Buscando opciones de colocación laboral en el Condado de Multnomah para responder a la pandemia y otros tipos de trabajo

Algunos han exagerado la magnitud de los despidos de bibliotecas planificados y han expresado su preocupación por el impacto en los miembros del personal que son negros, indígenas y de color. La biblioteca tiene alrededor de 580 empleados. Actualmente esperamos reducir el personal representado en 79 puestos, con seis puestos adicionales que pasarán de tiempo completo a tiempo parcial. Tenemos la esperanza y expectativa de que al menos algunas de las personas que ocupan estos puestos no estén sin trabajo, sino que ocuparán otros puestos en el Condado de Multnomah. Este número es más bajo que nuestras proyecciones originales y es el resultado de nuestras discusiones de colaboración con el liderazgo del sindicato y los empleados de la biblioteca.

Esperamos reducir aún más el número de despidos y sabremos el número final a finales de agosto. Analizaremos creativamente las opciones para cada persona y nos esforzaremos por apoyarlos durante este difícil proceso.

Nuestra biblioteca ha trabajado arduamente para contratar a más personal negro, indígena y de color (BIPOC), especialmente en los últimos años. Algunos de los puestos de esos trabajadores tienen protecciones adicionales de Conocimientos, Nivel de Competencia y Habilidades (KSA), vinculadas al idioma y la cultura. Otros miembros del personal BIPOC tienen trabajos sin esas protecciones y tienen una mayor probabilidad de ser "desplazados" por personal con mayor antigüedad. Son factores que no podemos cambiar ya que están regidos por el contrato sindical. Hemos limitado severamente las reducciones de esos puestos de KSA a cuatro puestos porque nuestras prioridades se enfocan en servir a las comunidades BIPOC y otros más afectados por la pandemia.

Desde que comenzó la pandemia, la biblioteca ha utilizado los aportes del personal para trabajar de nuevas formas. A través de programas innovadores en línea, lectura de verano modificada, acceso ampliado a temas que importan, almuerzos de verano gratuitos, contacto con personas mayores y clientes confinados en casa, contacto con socios comunitarios y más, hemos ampliado nuestro trabajo.

La biblioteca seguirá buscando y escuchando a su personal en busca de ideas y sugerencias impactantes que podamos implementar rápidamente y con el tiempo para ayudar a nuestra comunidad. Esta semana, la biblioteca comenzará con laboratorios de computación al aire libre. El siguiente paso es la impresión móvil gratuita en todas las ubicaciones. Prestaremos Chromebooks y puntos de acceso wi-fi y ofreceremos ayuda tecnológica remota. Hemos recibido muchas otras ideas y propuestas que desarrollaremos y aplicaremos.

La biblioteca hará todo lo posible ahora mismo para ofrecer opciones, apoyo y compasión en este proceso. Nos enfocaremos en ayudar a nuestra comunidad a recuperarse, con una fuerza laboral alineada para hacer eso. También mantendremos la vista en el horizonte con la visión de servir mejor a las generaciones futuras.

Vailey Oehlke, directora de bibliotecas
 

2020年8月13日

COVID-19 疫情改变了一切。现在每个人,家庭和组织都必须以不同的方式思考,这包括穆鲁玛郡图书馆。

现在的情况需要一些改变,这包括工作人员的调配。在疫情期间,图书馆现场的服务受到很大限制,光临图书馆的民众比以前少了很多。因此在疫情期间我们很艰难地决定减少一些工作。 (我将在这里解释原因)。

有些信息关于图书馆发生的事情不正确,我希望确保公众获得最新状态并掌握准确的信息。

在过去的几个月中,图书馆进行了重大的调整和增加了新的服务,例如扩展网上服务的应用和预约领取预订物品服务-并且正在进行更多的应变措施。我们知道社区非常重视图书馆的资源,勤奋敬业的图书馆工作人员,是穆鲁玛郡图书馆的心跳。

我们正在与代表图书馆工作人员的工会(AFSCME Local 88)合作,以帮助最终将被图书馆解雇的工作人员。现在尽管还没有人被解雇,但穆鲁玛郡和Local 88之间的工会合同 正在引导这个进程,并制定了规则(主要是根据资历),在裁员时决定谁可以留下,谁必须离职。

随着我们减少员工人数,我们正在与工会紧密合作,通过以下方式尽最大的能力去减少裁员的影响:

  • 提供自愿退休和自愿离职的激励措施
  • 识别可以在COVID约束下提供的有影响力的新服务
  • 寻找穆鲁玛郡在应对疫情和其他类型的工作安置方案

某些人夸大了正在计划中的图书馆裁员的规模,其中包括对黑人,土著和有色人种工作人员的影响表示关注。图书馆约有580名员工。目前我们预计将减少79个职位的工作人员,另有6个职位将从全职转变成兼职。我们希望并预期,至少接受这些职位的一些人不会失业,并会在穆鲁玛郡填补其他职位空缺。这个数字低于我们最初的预期,这是我们与工会领导和图书馆员工进行合作讨论的成果。

我们希望进一步减少裁员人数,昐在八月底之前知道最终裁员人数。我们用创意去考虑每个人的选择,并在这个困难的过程中努力地为他们提供支持。

近年来,我们的图书馆已特別努力雇用更多的黑人,土著和有色人种(BIPOC)员工。这些职位的某些员工因拥有与语言和文化相关的额外知识,技能和能力(KSA)而受到保护。其他的BIPOC员工如果没有这些技能的保护,将有很大可能被更高资历的员工“取代”。这些是我们不能改变的因素,因为这是工会合同规定的。我们严格控制减少裁減KSA职位以至只裁減四个,因为 我们的优先 重点是为BIPOC社区和受疫情影响最大的社区提供服务。

自疫情开始以来,图书馆一直使用员工所提出的新工作方式工作。通过创新的网上计划暑期阅读的改变扩大重要主题的研究范围免费的夏季午餐,与年长者和家庭民众接触,与社区合作伙伴的联系等等,我们已扩大了工作范围。

图书馆将继续咨询并听取工作人员的意见和建议,以便我们可以及时地为社区提供帮助。这个星期,图书馆将开展户外电脑实验室。接下来是在所有图书馆提拱免费移动打印服务。我们将借出Chromebook和Wi-Fi联接器,并提供远程技术帮助。我们还收到了许多其他想法和建议,我们将根据这些想法和建议提供服务。

在此过程中,图书馆将尽一切可能提供选择,支持和同情。我们将专注于帮助我们的社区恢复,并为此配备一支员工队伍。 我们也会关注为新世代提拱更好服务的愿景.

图书馆馆长Vailey Oehlke

2020年7月28日

7月7日,马尔特诺玛县图书馆通知其工作人员,它已做出减少裁员的艰难决定。裁员将于9月30日生效。这对Multnomah County图书馆的每个人来说都是可悲的转折。与其他大型公共图书馆系统以及企业,学校和其他组织一样,我们的图书馆决定受到COVID-19的驱动,并且在可预见的将来对图书馆服务和运营产生了重大影响。

这是一个令人沮丧和沮丧的决定,而且我知道对于那些工作受到影响的人来说,这更加困难。我们已经研究了这个图书馆为社区服务的许多方式,但是鉴于物理限制对我们服务的真正影响,图书馆无法容纳其雇用的所有员工的工作。

我想与您分享我们如何做出此决定以及下一步将要做的事情。 3月份,当图书馆大楼对公众关闭时,我们对这种病毒的了解很少,我们希望图书馆的关闭简短。我们要求可以远程工作的员工这样做,我们继续支付无法远程工作的工人的薪水和福利。随着COVID-19继续在各地社区中传播,并且州和公共卫生指南对人与人之间的互动施加了限制,很明显,我们需要针对这种情况进行更长的时间计划。

图书馆的19个公共场所中有许多很小(最小的大约3,600平方英尺)。考虑到建筑物的布局,出口,洗手间,搁架和家具以及最大占用率准则,任何返回建筑物内图书馆服务的操作都必须严格限制。可以合理地假设,在可预见的将来这些要求将会到位。大约一半的图书馆工作人员从事需要亲自工作的工作,例如物理上移动图书馆资料。图书馆建筑内的空间不足以容纳当前时代的所有人。

图书馆必须通过对公共资源进行周到和透明的管理,履行对为图书馆提供资金的公众的义务。这不是日常工作。经过与摩特诺玛县主席办公室,图书馆区议会和图书馆领导小组的磋商,我得出了一个艰难的结论,那就是图书馆无法为他们在大流行期间无法完成的工作无限期地支付其大部分劳动力。在这种情况下,手头根本没有好的选择。

裁员的决定并不反映整个图书馆系统员工的工作质量,也不意味着所有不能远程工作的员工都将被放任。在这一大流行期间,图书馆工作人员以创新的方式工作。目前,我们通过预约,在某些地点的夏季午餐以及通过电话,电子邮件和聊天在线提供的各种服务来提供预约接送服务。我们的图书馆及其工作人员大大扩展了可用资源,并提供了一些程序虚拟产品

展望未来,图书馆将根据图书馆工作人员的意见,并根据马尔特诺马县图书馆的优先事项,积极努力转移现有服务并在虚拟环境中建立新服务。我们正在计划看起来与现在不同的图书馆服务,例如户外计算机访问以及Wi-Fi热点和Chromebook的借阅。我们将首先尽可能地召回图书馆工作人员进行此项工作。即使我们能够恢复某些室内服务,也将与以前有所不同。

我非常感谢有才干和奉献精神的工作者,他们使图书馆成为宝贵的社区资产。我们正在与图书馆的工会AFSCME Local 88合作,根据劳工协议最终确定削减的细节,并将直接通知受影响的工作人员。我们的计划涉及一系列旨在减轻裁员对受影响员工的影响的措施,包括离职后三个月的医疗保健和其他福利。尽管这些措施并不能从根本上改变人们的生计损失,但我们可以采取一些措施使情况有所改善。

摩特诺玛县图书馆致力于帮助我们的社区从大流行中恢复过来。图书馆将以比赛为中心,并强调以最健康和安全为重的服务,为受灾最深的人服务。我期待这些不再具有挑战性的约束条件消失的时代。我有信心,即使在最艰难的时期,图书馆也将摆脱危机,更加专注于我们的服务使命。

图书馆馆长Vailey Oehlke
摩特诺玛县图书馆

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