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Libraries Provide – Countywide Oct 26, 2019 - EO Column

Umatilla County library staff team up for training

By Erin McCusker Oct 26, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 1, all of the public libraries in Umatilla County will be closed so that their staff members can attend a daylong, all-staff inservice provided by the Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD).

The UCSLD provides two inservice trainings for library staff each year — one in the spring and one in the fall. Many libraries can’t afford the cost of going to a conference or to a training for all of their staff members. With travel, lodging and meals in addition to the fees for the training, the cost can be prohibitive, especially for more than one staff member.

The UCSLD inservices provide new learning for all staff members. Additionally, they get to know their colleagues from the other libraries in the district, contributing to county-wide collaboration, exchange of ideas and co-envisioning ways to work together for the benefit of our library customers.

Training at the inservices covers all aspects of public library service: leadership, programming for adults and youth, working with unique populations, marketing, collection development, policies, budgets, customer service, planning for the future, partnering with community organizations and more. We are fortunate to have the coordinator of the Sage Library System, of which we are all members, come periodically to provide training on reporting, new processes and cataloging with our shared system.

Continuing education is extremely important for the staff members who help library visitors find and access the information they need. From the amount of data increasing quickly to the fact that so many people are connected to the internet, librarians are critical to help wade through and discern authoritative information from what should be ignored and deleted. They also help customers navigate through the ever-changing ocean of technology devices. In order to do this, they have to keep learning about what is new themselves.

The Nov. 1 inservice is a full day of learning. Our keynote presentation is on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, a vital focus of public library service. Other presentations include: the 2020 Census and how libraries can help in the process, the new law for statewide standards that define a public library, and interactive sessions with highlights from staff members’ training and conference attendance from the last year.

Additionally, the UCSLD will provide an inservice on Saturday, Nov. 16, for city library boards, city council members and city officials, friends of libraries groups and library directors. This inservice covers how the library district works with local libraries and the roles and responsibilities of providing excellent library service to our county residents and visitors.

Many libraries focus on ensuring continuing education for their customers and Umatilla County library staff members work hard to continue their learning as well.


Erin McCusker is the district director of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Read her column, Libraries Provide – Countywide!, the last weekend of the month. Contact McCusker at 541-276-6449 or

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Libraries Provide - Countywide! September 28, 2019 - EO Column

McCusker introduces new library director in Adams

By Erin McCusker Sep 28, 2019

This month, I am highlighting a Umatilla County Special Library District partner library, the Adams Public Library. Stephanie Partida is the new library director as of July. She brings a joyful energy to the job and is excited to implement her many ideas. She talked about the library and their wonderful, upcoming events.

Tell us about your library.

Although we are small, we offer many services for our community. We are happy to be a part of the Sage Library System so that our patrons have access to millions of books, DVDs, and audio books.

What services do you provide?

In addition to usual library services, the Adams Public Library also has the following items available: an AstroScan Telescope for night sky viewing, CD players to listen to audiobooks and Maryhill Museum passes. You can also bring your old VHS tapes into the library and use our Media Transfer Equipment to convert them to DVD.

What is the Adams Public Library’s vision of the future?

Our vision is to provide appropriate resources in support of the information and recreational needs of area residents, and thereby be a center for community enrichment and lifelong learning.

What are your current and upcoming events?

The library’s events are on our Facebook page. Ongoing events include storytimes on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and adult and youth craft nights.

October events at the Adams Public Library include:

• Read Down Your Fines all through October.

• Oct 4, 6 p.m. — Family Lego Night. Come enjoy a snack and build something creative.

• Oct. 26, 7 p.m. — Movie Night in the Library.

Here are some events at other libraries:

• Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. at the Athena Public Library — Weekly Crafternoon. Perfect for kindergarten and up but younger kids are welcome with a helper.

• Fridays, 10 a.m. at the Weston Public Library — Preschool Storytimes. For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and caregivers.

• Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the Athena Public Library. Starting in October, the weekly storytime is moving to Friday mornings for babies and children to 6 years old.

• Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Athena Fall Festival — Library Book Sale. There will be used books for sale and the proceeds go to support the weekly crafternoons and bi-monthly teen nights.

• Oct. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Athena Public Library. Adult Book Club. The monthly book club will be discussing “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

• Oct. 24, 5 p.m. at the Weston Public Library — Novel Readers Book Club.

• Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m. & Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weston Memorial Hall — Friends of Weston Library Used Book Sale. This is the annual book sale with proceeds going to support the library.

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Erin McCusker is the district director of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Read her column, Libraries Provide – Countywide!, the last weekend of the month. Contact McCusker at 541-276-6449 or

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The Umatilla County Special Library District works in partnership with our libraries to advance and make available excellent library services, programs and continuing education opportunities for all.


We believe libraries strengthen communities through individual, family, economic and community development. Libraries are integral parts of the infrastructure and critical to the livability and economic development of the region. The UCSLD is an essential partner with local governments to ensure the communities of Umatilla County have access to 21st century programs and services.


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