Library Advisory Board

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The Library Advisory Board (LAB) is an advisory body of community members who use and are impacted by Multnomah County Library services and resources. LAB advises library leadership on systemwide policies, and the library’s annual budget as the library’s Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC).

Library Advisory Board membership

The Library Advisory Board strives to recruit members from across Multnomah County representing diverse lived experiences and different types of library users. When a vacancy opens, current members recruit and vote to recommend new members to the Library District Board, who approve new member appointments. Library Advisory Board bylaws stipulate a 17-member board, including at least two youth members between the ages of 13-17. Youth members serve one two-year term, and other members may serve up to two four-year terms.

Application information

We are currently recruiting to fill several open positions. Applications are due by midnight on April 30, 2024. New members will begin their terms in July 2024.

Library Advisory Board members meet monthly, and are also expected to serve on at least one committee (committees are determined annually, and meet separately outside of monthly board meetings).

To apply, please fill out an online application or download and fill out a PDF application (which can be submitted via email to libraryadvisoryboard@multcolib.org or via mail to Library Director's Office, 919 NE 19th Ave, Suite 250, Portland, OR 97232).

Multnomah County employees are not eligible to serve on the Library Advisory Board.

Board members

  • Clare Wilkinson, Co-Chair (she/her)
  • Megan Parrott, Co-Chair (she/her)
  • Cassandra Duprey (she/her)
  • David Jarvis (he/him)
  • Domiè Newton (she/her)
  • Gabie Mbenza-Ngoma (she/her)
  • Hazel Burke (she/her)
  • Jade Chan (she/her)
  • Kate Fleming (she/her)
  • Kelsey Fong (she/her)
  • Kristi Ketchum (she.her)
  • Lizzie Martinez (she/her/ella)
  • Mabel Reed (she/her)
  • Madison Riethman (she/her)
  • Nikia Kae Solbjor (she/her)
  • Taryn Sauer (she/they)

Meetings

Library Advisory Board meetings are held virtually and are open to the public. See schedule of upcoming meetings. 

Information on how to join is linked in each meeting agenda.

Agendas & Minutes: 2024

Tuesday January 9, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — see Agenda for details
Agenda | Minutes

Tuesday February 13, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — see Agenda for details
Agenda | Minutes

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — see Agenda for details
Agenda | Minutes

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — see Agenda for details
Agenda

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — details to come

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — details to come

Postings for second half of 2024 to come.

Submit comments to the Board

To submit written comments to the Library Advisory Board, please email libraryadvisoryboard@multco.us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Meeting date
  • Comment topic
  • Your comments 

Please note that comments are public record.  

Note: If you have a disability and need accommodations to participate in meetings, please call 503.988.5123 or 711. Please give 48 hours notice to allow us to better serve you.