Searching for information on Native American tribes and Native nations? These big web sites may be able to help you.

Whose land are you on? Native Land is an interactive website and an app that allows you to search any location and see who are the original inhabitants of the land, worldwide. The website also features a blog with updates and a page for Territory Acknowledgements, with the ability to search specific locations to get tribal affiliation, language, and treaties associated with that area.

You can search tribes alphabetically to learn about them, and learn about native languages as well as native culture. Try putting the name of the tribe you are looking for in the search box to see what other information they list, or scroll down to find the names of tribes listed alphabetically.

If you would rather search by location using a map, you can find state-by-state information, covering historic and contemporary information, languages, culture and history.

Many resources about Indigenous people include biased information, so please also read How to Evaluate Native American and American Indian Websites, which provides help evaluating books too. 

If you still need more help, contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.

Native Americans use ALL of the Buffalo


Did you know that young children begin to notice and point out the differences they see in people as early as six months? This ability to put things into categories like "safe to eat" and "hungry animal to run away from" has helped humans survive over hundreds of thousands of years. But if we aren't paying attention, it can also lead to making oversimplified generalizations about people, and those stereotypes can be harmful. 

Because even babies are starting to sort people into categories, it's never too early to start talking with children about the stereotyping they will observe in the world around them, and help them question and push back against it. Here are some ideas for talking about stereotypes in a very kid-friendly way:

  • Ask your child to draw or describe someone from a specific category, such as "girl" or "boy". Chances are you'll hear things like, "girls have long hair" or "boys are messy" which gives you an opportunity to talk about people you know who may not fit those stereotypes. For example in my family, mom is a messy woman with short hair! 
  • Children's books can be a great way to start conversations, so as a family, do a "diversity audit" on books in your own home! Look for stereotypes and bias in your own books, or books you have checked out from the library, using some of these criteria. Be sure to talk about it as you go. You can use words like “fair/unfair” when talking about stereotypes you find in your books. For instance, “Wow, this picture book only included white male inventors. That’s unfair. Black women invented lots of things, too. Let’s read about some African American women inventors.” I guarantee you will learn a lot from the experience!
  • Look for books specifically written to talk with young children about stereotypes and how to celebrate differences: Here is a book list to help get those conversations started. 

These activities can be done any time of year. Here in the U.S, November is a time when we celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving, which gives extra opportunities for non-Native families to talk about stereotypes specific to Native Americans and Indigenous people. For example, ask your child to draw a Native American dwelling or home. Talk about how most Native and Indigenous families live in houses and apartments. They are modern, vital people in our society, not just historical figures. 

For some additional resources, I recommend this article about teaching preschool and kindergartners about Native and Indigenous peoples. You can also find info in this A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving to help you tell the factual story of the holiday. We also have more book lists in this post Celebrating Native American Heritage month!

Like language, stereotyping is learned over time. It is never too early - or too late - to talk with children about kindness and fairness and diversity, and to demonstrate the many ways we can treat all people with respect and dignity.

This post is part of our "Talking with kids" series, and was featured in our monthly Family Newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter here, and email us at if you have any questions.

Did you know that the Indigenous peoples in Multnomah County are descended from over 380 different tribes? Nearly 70,000 strong, Portland has one of the highest urban Native populations in the country. In November, we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native peoples, and honor the many important contributions they make to our communities. Here are some ways to celebrate and learn with the young people in your life!   

Attend a program, class, or visit a museum exhibit. Many cultural events normally held in person have moved online.    

Share stories and explore history and culture with your children all year long.

Adults and teens may enjoy the materials featured on the lists below:

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Multnomah County is sited upon the ancestral homelands of the Multnomah, Mollala, Kathlamet, Chinook, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya and many other Indigenous Nations. These Nations have become the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State. Land acknowledgements recognize and respect the enduring relationship that Indigenous People have with their traditional homelands. The effects of colonization can still be felt today and land acknowledgements are a small step down the path of repair, reconciliation and cultural revitalization.  Land Acknowledgement, courtesy of Melanie Fey, Central Library Access Services Assistant

Gun rights and gun control are topics that come up often these days. It can be hard to find good resources that present multiple viewpoints on issues like this, and provide quotable sources.

An excellent electronic resource is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. It provides links to articles, videos and audio files from multiple viewpoints (you will need a library card # and password in order to access this electronic resource from outside of the library).

 For the legal history of gun control, check out Infoplease’s Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation  which covers laws up until 2013.

L.A.R.G.O. Lawful and Responsible Gun Owners and the N.R.A. National Rifle Association both support gun ownership in America. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and The Violence Policy Center both work to reduce gun violence. The Violence Policy Center is also a good resource if you’re looking for statistics related to gun violence (including drive by shootings and suicide).

This Guardian article compares gun crime in individual states and FindLaw shares Oregon Gun Control Laws. FactCheck looks at statistics in the media after the Newtown shootings, and reports on Gun Rhetoric vs. Gun Facts.  Looking towards changes in the law, gun control is supported by more women than men, and that may have an effect on future legislation.  But right now,  despite repeated pleas for change after every mass shooting, nothing seems to change. 

Need some specific gun facts or laws we haven’t covered? Contact a librarian and we’ll be glad to help

For centuries, Europeans have explored places unfamiliar to them.  The big push to explore happened from the 1400s to the 1600s and is known as the Age of Discovery or the Age or Exploration.  Here are some sites that will help you learn more about individual explorers, the places they went, and the tools they used to get there.

Santa Maria model

For a broad website on exploration that includes biographies of explorers, information and illustrations ships and navigation tools, plus an interactive map showing voyages of the most ancient explorers through the 1920s, check out Ages of Exploration from the Mariners Museum.  Here's another link to exploration info at the museum.

Look at the companion website for the PBS program Conquistadors for more about explorers Cortes, Orellana, Pizarro and Cabeza de Vaca.  
Find out how hard life was for a sailor and explorer in this infographic:  Age of Exploration:  Life on the Open Seas
Now you're ready to conquer the world!

Ah the stories of King Arthur and his knights, the cute thatched cottages, the banquets, the country life, and the bustle of growing cities!  What’s not to like about the Middle Ages and Medieval period in history?  Well, the smell for one.  And let’s not forget the plague. Get all the dirt on what life was really like in Europe during this time.

picture of knights
Start at the Annenberg Learner Middle Ages site for loads of info on everyday life in medieval times including the feudal system, religion, clothes, the arts and more.  This includes movies and other cool interactive stuff.  After you click on the link, scroll to the right to get the content!

 Click on the different people in the street in the Camelot International Village to learn more about their craft or trade and how they lived in the Middle Ages. Find out about entertainers, peasants, traders, thieves, knights, church and religion, women, and lords of the manor.

For a funny and informative video series about the Middle Ages, watch Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives.  Each 30 minute episode examines a different type of person important during the time period like kings, knights, monks and damsels.

picture of a king's seal

For a video and interactive introduction to medieval life, watch Everyday Life in the Middle Ages and see if you could survive way back in the day!

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is super boring to look at, but amazing in its amount of primary source material (letters, legal texts, religious documents etc.).  It’s a comprehensive collection of online texts from the entire medieval era, organized by topic and chronologically.

Now that you’ve learned a lot about the Middle Ages, test your knowledge here.

Patricia Bath


She’s amazing. She attends Howard University School of Medicine, New York and Columbia universities. She believes everyone has a “Right to Sight.” She invents the Laserphaco Probe and procedure to improve cataract surgery results. She’s the first African American woman doctor to patent a medical invention. She’s the first African American woman surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. She’s the first woman on faculty at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. Again, she’s amazing!

Further Exploration:

Available at Multnomah County Library: Patricia's Vision; The Doctor Who Saved Sight by Michelle Lord

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

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.

Written by Wade Nkrumah


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

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.

Escrito por Delia P.

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!

This post is part of our "Talking with kids" series, and was featured in our monthly Family Newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter here, and email us at if you have any questions.

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

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

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

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


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)。



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。


  • 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



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。



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