Library Development and Legislative Committee

Establishes plans for improvement of libraries in Oregon through study and recommendation of plans for the use of state and federal funds; exploration of other sources of funding, e.g., foundation grants. Establishes priorities for legislative action which may affect all types of libraries in Oregon.

Check out our Engage site, courtesy of ALA, for current information on legislation and advocacy issues.

OLA's Legislative Agenda is updated annually. We use this to guide our actions.

Contacting Congress?  Here are the staff contacts for each office.  These are the people that work with libraries and that know libraries. 

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Legislative Day Committee Members
Current Issues & Briefs Meeting Minutes
Issues & Briefs Archive  


Current Issues & Briefs

2016/17 ISSUES

 Legislative Day 2017

 February 21, 2017

 2015 Issues

Ongoing Issues

Issues & Briefs Archive

Issue briefs are archived.  Please contact the committee co-chairs if you are looking for one prior to the 2015 Legislative Session. 

Committee Members


  • Janet Webster, Oregon State University (2-year term as chair, 2015/2017)
  • Abigail Elder, Beaverton Public Library (2-year term as chair, 2015/2017)


  • Kate Lasky, Josephine Community Libraries (2018)
  • Nathan Peterson, Deschutes Public Library  (2018)
  • Rachel Bridgewater, Portland Community College (2019)
  • Brooke Robertshaw, Oregon State University (2019)
  • Ted Smith, Newport Public Library (2019)
  • Carol Dinges, Lebanon Public Library  (2017)
  • Korie Jones Buerkle, Newberg Public Library (2017)
  • Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library (2017)

Ex Officio Members:

  • Network Coordinator:  Nathan Peterson, Deschutes Public Library
  • OLA President: Elsa Loftis, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts
  • OLA President Elect: Buzzy Nielsen, Crook County Library
  • OLA Past President: Jane Corey, Multnomah Public Library
  • OLA Intellectual Freedom Chair: Ross Betzer, Multnomah Public Library and Krista Reynolds, Concordia University
  • State Librarian:  MaryKay Dahlgreen
  • State Law Librarian: Cathryn Bowie
  • OLA Lobbyist: Nan Heim  and Amand Dalton
  • OASL Representatives: Robin Rolfe, Portland Public Schools and Ruth Murray, Portland State University
  • ACRL Representative: John Schoppert, Columbia Gorge Community College

Emeritus Members:

  • Aletha Bonebrake, Baker County library user (emeritus)
  • Diedre Conkling, Lincoln County Library District (emeritus)
  • Sara Charlton, Tillamook County Library (emeritus, Legislative Day Coordinator)

Meeting Dates 2016/2017:  Salem  2:00 Pm 4:00 pm 

  • September 8 – State Library  Room 202
  • November 10  - State Library  Room 202
  • January 12 - State Library  Room 202
  • March 9 - State Library  Room 202
  • May 11 - State Library  Room 202


Meeting Minutes (will open as Word documents)