Library Development and Legislation 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  


OLA/OASL Legislative Day 2019 at the State Capitol in Salem: Tuesday, February 12 8:00am - 4:00pm

ATTEND A BRIEF ADVOCACY TRAINING! Learn how to speak with legislators, led by Kate Lasky and Sara Charlton, at 8:00am  on Tuesday, Feb. 12th at the State Library of Oregon, 250 Winters St SE, Salem, Room 102 and 103.
Logistics: If you walk in the Winter Street entrance, make your way to the front of the building by following the little hall until it ends. Turn left at the dead end, and room 103 will soon be on your right, across from the elevator. If you walk in the Capitol Mall entrance (front of building), make a left and room 103 will be on your left, across from the elevator.

Allow plenty of time to find parking. Click the link below for instructions:

Current Issues & Briefs

2016-2017 Issues

 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


  • Stephanie Lind, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (1-year term as chair, 2018/2019, fulfill balance of Abigail Elder's term)


  • Kate Lasky, Josephine Community Libraries (2018)
  • Brooke Robertshaw, Oregon State University (2019)
  • Sue Ludington, Lane County Law Library (2019)
  • Tricia Snyder, Reynolds Middle School
  • Jeremy Skinner, Curry Public Library District
  • Sarah Rowland, Eastern Oregon University Library

Ex Officio Members:

  • Network Coordinator: vacant
  • OLA President: Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library
  • OLA President Elect: Elaine Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College Library
  • OLA Past President: Buzzy Nielsen, Crook County Library
  • OLA Intellectual Freedom Co-Chair: Krista Reynold, Concordia University Library
    OLA Intellectual Freedom Co-Chair: Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Lincoln City Public Library
  • State Librarian - Interim: Caren Agata
  • State Law Librarian: Cathryn Bowie
  • OLA Lobbyist: Amanda Dalton
  • OASL Representatives: Stuart Levy, Parkrose High School
  • ACRL Representative: Kim Olson-Charles, Concordia University College

Emeritus Members:

  • Aletha Bonebrake, Baker County Library District patron
  • Diedre Conkling, Lincoln County Library District patron
  • Janet Webster, Lincoln County Library District patron
  • Sara Charlton, Tillamook County Library (Legislative Day Coordinator)

Meeting Dates 2017-2018: State Library of Oregon. 250 Winter St. NE, Salem (unless noted differently),  2:00 - 4:00pm 

  • September 14 - Salem Public Library, Anderson Room
  • November 9  - State Library, Room 202
  • January 11 - State Library, Room 202
  • March 8 - State Library, Room 202
  • May 14 - State Library, Room 202 

Meeting Minutes