Library Development and Legislation Committee

OLA's Library Development and Legislation Committee (LDLC) is a standing committee that exists to:

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

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Current Legislative Issue Briefs, Testimonies, and Statements  Other Resources
Library Legislative Week 2021 Committee Members
Past Legislative Issues & Briefs Meeting Dates 2020-2021





Current Legislative Issue Briefs, Testimonies, and Statements

OLA Library Legislative Week 2021: March 1 - March 5, 2021

Past Legislative Issues & Briefs

2019 Issues
  • Issue Brief: Support Ready to Read funding as included in proposed State Library budget (SB 5518)
  • Issue Brief: Support updating statutory definition of "Public Library" (HB 2243)
  • Issue Brief: Support textbook affordability and Open Educational Resources for students (HB 2213 and HB 2214)

2016-2017 Issues

2015 Issues

Ongoing Issues

Other Resources

Check out OLA's 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 (coming soon!). These are the people that work with libraries and that know libraries.

2020-2021 Committee Members


  • Sue Ludington, Lane County Law Library (2022)

Voting Members:

  • Jeremy Skinner, Curry Public Library (2021)
  • Kathy Street, Oregon Trail Library District (2022)
  • Kim Olson-Charles, University of Western States (2022)
  • Margaret Alexander, University of Oregon (2022)
  • Star Khan, Driftwood Public Library (2022)
  • Jean Gritter, Greater Albany Public Schools (2023)
  • Jimmy Pearson, Astoria Public Library (2023)
  • Kristin Williams, Athena Public Library (2023)

Ex Officio Members:

  • OLA President: Kate Lasky, Josephine Community Library District
  • OLA Vice-President/President Elect: Arlene Weible, State Library of Oregon
  • OLA Past President: Elaine Hirsch, Lewis and Clark College
  • OLA Lobbyists: Amanda Dalton and Nicole Mann
  • State Librarian: Jennifer Patterson
  • State Law Librarian: Catherine Bowie
  • OASL representative: Kate Weber, Grants Pass School District
  • ACRL representative: Michele Burke, Chemeketa Community College
  • IFC representatives: Ellie Avis, Josephine Community Library District and Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Driftwood Public Library
  • State Library of Oregon, Library Support representatives: Buzzy Nielson and Darci Hanning

Emeritus Members:

  • Diedre Conkling, Lincoln County Library District patron
  • Sara Charlton, Tillamook County Library patron
  • Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library
  • Stephanie Lind, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
  • Susan Westin, State Library of Oregon

Meeting Dates 2020 - 2021

All virtual (Zoom), 3:00 - 5:00 pm (unless noted differently) 

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 20
  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Tuesday, May 18
  • Tuesday, July 20