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Jackson County Library District Position 1

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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  • Alexandra (Ali) Aftreth
    (N)

  • Victoria Brown
    (N)

  • Sasha Cunningham
    (N)

Información Biográfica

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 Central Point, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons JCLD Medford Library Circulation Supervisor/Member of JCLS Circulation Committee - 7/1/2020 to present. JCLS/LS&S Medford Library Circulation Supervisor/Member of JCLS/LS&S Circulation Committee - 12/2017 to 6/30/2020. JCLS/LS&S Library Associate 2 - 5/2016 to 12/2017. Southern Oregon University Hannon Library Student Assistant - 9/2013 to 3/2015.
County Jackson
JCLD is a system that serves both rural and middle-sized communities, and must provide equitable services throughout all branches to meet diverse community needs. Physical articles will always be needed, but in order to be of best use to the most communities, libraries need to stay technologically efficient. JCLD already provides free wireless internet and computer/printing access at all 15 branches, which are immensely important resources, especially in rural areas. Outreach to schools and at-home-educators is also necessary to create an environment where our future generations are not only invested in their community library, but are familiar with all the resources available. Having lived in both big cities and rural areas, I know that you should never make assumptions about what any community wants or needs; instead, you need to create an environment where THEY can tell YOU what they need.
The Oregon Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.630) sets the tone for how the Board involves and informs residents to district decision making and activities. Board meeting agendas and minutes are already made available to the public on a JCLD website, and the meetings are on the JCLD event calendars. I believe that hardcopy announcements of district activities at the branches, as well as among other public announcement resources, are also necessary and helpful to those with less technological capabilities. It would also be extremely helpful if board meetings could continue in a Zoom or recorded format, for those residents who are unable to physically attend, as is their right. Perhaps even an extension of time allotted to residents to ask their questions or voice their concerns at district meetings.
The library district is one of the most important civil services that residents have at their disposal, allowing people of all ages and backgrounds to learn, make use of resources, and even just "be" for an hour or two at a time without the expectation of spending money, outside of regular taxes. It requires governance by those who are willing to involve themselves within various communities to assess the success of services and expenditures within such an expansive area. I have been proud to serve my community within the JCLD system for the last 6 years, based in Medford, giving me the opportunity to observe and learn various ways of reaching out to residents, accepting feedback, and formulating responses so everyone feels heard. I look forward to the opportunity to be able to look beyond one branch and bring a fresh perspective to the district, as well as an understanding of the less-obvious aspects of what can make the district truly thrive as an asset within the entire county.
JCLD es un sistema que sirve a comunidades rurales y de tamaño medio, y debe proporcionar servicios equitativos en todas las sucursales para satisfacer las diversas necesidades de la comunidad. Para ser de mejor uso para la mayoría de las comunidades, las bibliotecas deben permanecer tecnológicamente eficientes. JCLD ya ofrece Internet inalámbrico gratuito y acceso a computadoras / impresoras en las 15 sucursales, que son recursos inmensamente importantes, especialmente en las áreas rurales. También es necesario llegar a las escuelas y a los educadores en el hogar para crear un entorno en el que nuestras generaciones futuras no solo inviertan en su biblioteca comunitaria, sino que estén familiarizadas con todos los recursos disponibles. Habiendo vivido tanto en las grandes ciudades como en las zonas rurales, sé que nunca debes hacer suposiciones sobre lo que cualquier comunidad quiere o necesita; en su lugar, necesita crear un entorno en el que ELLOS puedan decirle lo que necesitan.
La Ley de Reuniones Públicas de Oregon (ORS 192.630) establece el tono de cómo la Junta involucra e informa a los residentes sobre la toma de decisiones y las actividades del distrito. Las agendas y actas de las reuniones de la junta directiva ya están disponibles para el público en un sitio web de JCLD, y las reuniones están en los calendarios de eventos de JCLD. Creo que los anuncios impresos de las actividades del distrito en las sucursales, así como entre otros recursos de anuncios públicos, también son necesarios y útiles para aquellos con menos capacidades tecnológicas. También sería de gran ayuda si las reuniones de la junta pudieran continuar en formato Zoom o grabado, para aquellos residentes que no pueden asistir físicamente, como es su derecho. Quizás incluso una extensión del tiempo asignado a los residentes para hacer sus preguntas o expresar sus inquietudes en las reuniones del distrito.
El distrito de bibliotecas es uno de los servicios civiles más importantes que los residentes tienen a su disposición, lo que permite a personas de todas las edades y orígenes hacer uso de los recursos, e incluso simplemente "estar" durante una o dos horas sin esperar gastar dinero, fuera de los impuestos regulares. Requiere gobernanza por parte de aquellos que estén dispuestos a involucrarse dentro de varias comunidades dentro de un área tan expansiva. Me enorgullece servir a mi comunidad dentro del sistema JCLD durante los últimos 6 años, con base en Medford, dándome la oportunidad de observar y aprender varias formas de llegar a los residentes, aceptar comentarios y formular respuestas para que todos se sientan escuchados. Espero la oportunidad de poder mirar más allá de una sucursal y aportar una nueva perspectiva al distrito, así como una comprensión de los aspectos menos obvios de lo que puede hacer que el distrito prospere realmente como un activo dentro de todo el condado.
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