Library director receives Library Journal Movers and Shakers award for community building

Josephine Community Library Director Kate Lasky received the Library Journal 2019 “Movers and Shakers” award for community building among a cohort of 50 international award winners in the categories of change agents, advocates, educators, digital developers, and innovators. Since 2002, the Library Journal has honored librarians who have offered distinctive contributions to the field and…

Library district next steps

Guest Opinion in the June 13 edition of the Grants Pass Daily Courier by JCLI Executive Director Kate Lasky On May 17, 2007, our community’s libraries were closed due to lack of funding. Ten years later to the day, on May 17, 2017, we began planning a new chapter in the library’s story with the…

More hours and better materials

If you haven’t heard the news yet, I want to let you know that our library system will be on the May ballot for a tax funding measure, Measure 17-79. The Board of Directors of Josephine Community Libraries is advocating for this measure to create stable funding for our library system. Currently, our community’s public…

Library fundraising drive in homestretch

Yellow Envelope Drive still needs $26,364 to meet goal As of today, volunteers working to support the libraries in Josephine County raised $148,636. With just two weeks remaining in the year, they still need to bring in $26,364 to reach the goal of $175,000 to stabilize the library budget by December 31st. With no regular…

State of Oregon’s Public Libraries

2016 Report to the Oregon Library Association Library Development and Legislation Committee By Janet Webster and Kate Lasky Oregon has 137 public library entities listed in the Oregon State Library statistical database updated in late 2014. Branch libraries and other outlets bring the total number of library facilities in the state to 224. Oregon’s libraries…

Executive Director Kate Lasky wins Oregon Library Association award

Kate Lasky, executive director of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI), was honored Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Oregon Library Association (OLA) annual conference in Eugene with the coveted Olé Award. The award recognizes an Oregon public library employee who has displayed exceptional effort and excellence. The annual Olé Award was so named in recognition…