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Deschutes Public Library District Zone 3

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 )Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter in the district. ORS 451.410Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74]In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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    Martha Lawler
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  • Anne M Ness
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Libraries are being asked to act as internet hubs or to provide internet connections in regions where students do not have access to high speed internet, especially since schools have gone, in varying degrees, to remote learning. What kinds of services should libraries provide to their communities? What new services do you see libraries providing to their communities in the future?

How do you plan to involve residents of the district in decision making; how will you keep them informed of district activities?

What aspect of working for the district is most important to you?

Se está pidiendo a las bibliotecas que funcionen como centros de internet o que proporcionen conexiones de internet en regiones donde los estudiantes no tienen acceso a un internet de gran velocidad, especialmente desde que las escuelas han pasado, en distintos grados, al aprendizaje a distancia. ¿Qué tipos de servicios deberían proporcionar las bibliotecas a sus comunidades? ¿Qué nuevos servicios cree que podrían proporcionar las bibliotecas a sus comunidades en el futuro?

¿Cómo piensa involucrar a los residentes del distrito en la toma de decisiones, y cómo les mantendrá informados sobre las actividades del distrito?

¿Qué aspecto de trabajar para el distrito es el más importante para usted?

Town Where You Live La Pine, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons I have served on the Deschutes Public Library District Board of Directors since 2011. I am currently Board President.
County Deschutes County, OR
Term 2021-2025
Regarding education, library websites should provide access to on-line resources to assist teachers, parents and students with remote learning and homeschooling. Libraries should also consider checking out hotspots and laptops for home use in economically depressed or remote areas where high-speed internet service is either not affordable or not available.

It is critical that libraries address the “digital divide”. Accordingly, libraries should invest in high speed internet and provide wi-fi access not only in their buildings but also into their parking lots. Providing access to computers in library buildings should be a given. And as we move to a post-pandemic world, libraries should consider providing space to allow employees to work remotely or patients to have private telemedicine appointments with their doctors. Providing drive-up services is convenient and should be continued post-pandemic. These are just a few examples of how libraries can and should serve their communities.
The Deschutes Public Library District is embarking on an ambitious plan to expand services thanks to county voters passing a bond measure in November. During the run-up to the decision to go out for a bond, the District engaged in extensive community outreach to both library users and non-users. That input helped determine what was most important to county residents and will influence the District’s decisions as we move ahead with bond implementation. In addition to specialized outreach, the public is kept up-to-date on library issues by information posted on the library’s website and its social media platforms. E-newsletters are sent to subscribers on a regular basis. The public is also welcome to attend District Board meetings (currently via Zoom) with notice of upcoming meetings posted in all of our buildings and on the website.
The Deschutes Public Library District is an invaluable community resource and provides a wealth of information and resources, both physically and digitally, to both inform and entertain our patrons. It’s an honor to be associated with this organization. Our library system is considered one of the best in Oregon and has achieved national recognition as well.

We count among our patrons “have” and “have-nots” from all walks of life. It’s so very rewarding to me as a Board member to be able to play a part in addressing the “digital divide” and thereby hopefully “leveling the playing field” for our less privileged patrons.
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Campaign Phone (public) (971) 227-6611
Town Where You Live greater Sunriver area
Your Experience/Qualificatons 30 years in education Literacy volunteer Advocate for children in foster care School board member
County Deschutes
Term 4 years
Libraries are crucial to build and support the communities in which we live. People may go to the library to find information, but they find each other. Our libraries should provide safe, accessible spaces and programs for all people, including those who experience difficult life circumstances. Libraries should provide flexible spaces to encourage study, tutoring, community/nonprofit group gathering, and serve as resource hubs. I would like to see libraries working in partnership with the medical community, nonprofit organizations, and private industry to offer free programs to give people tools to access necessary services such as medical and mental health services, employment, and childcare.
I firmly believe in reaching out to local residents in decision making as they are important stakeholders in our libraries. I would work with library staff to offer programs/activities to bring the community into the library - book fairs, guest speakers, children’s game night, etc. I would hold informational sessions at least annually at the community library level to share information on new developments in programming or services, answer questions and address the needs of the community.
The most important aspect of serving on the Library District is my commitment to building vibrant communities that provide much needed technical, educational and social support for people of all ages and opportunities. I feel strongly that libraries are better able to build strong community connections when they are in close proximity to one’s home or school and where they are extension of our neighborhoods. That is why I support adequate funding for libraries at the community level, not just at a centralized location.
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