[Libs-Or] New State Librarian

Caren Agata caren.agata at state.or.us
Thu Apr 4 10:48:12 PDT 2019


We're proud to announce that Jennifer Patterson will take over as the next Oregon State Librarian pending Senate confirmation. Jennifer has managed in public and academic libraries since 2004 and comes to us with over 20 years of library experience. Prior to her current role as the Associate Dean of Learning Resources at Edmonds Community College, she was the Head of Access Services at the University of Washington Bothell, Customer Experience Manager at the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Washington, and Public Services Director at The Seattle Public Library. Jennifer recently obtained a second master's degree in Public Administration in December of 2018 from the University of Colorado Denver.

Having grown up in Colorado Jennifer has a passion for hiking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Jennifer has a natural draw and passion for Oregon having immediate family in Portland and having spent summers throughout junior high and high school in Oregon. She currently lives in Washington and has for the last 15 years with her spouse and her soon to be graduating high school senior! Jennifer mentioned she is absolutely thrilled and honored to accept the position. She looks forward to working with State Library staff, the Governor's Office, the Oregon Legislature, State Agencies, the State Library Board, the Oregon Library Association, and libraries and communities throughout the state.

Jennifer's first day with the Oregon State Library will be Monday May 13th, pending senate confirmation which takes place May 8.

Please help me welcome Jennifer to Oregon and taking on the role of the next Oregon State Librarian!

Berri Leslie
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Kate Brown

Caren Agata
Interim State Librarian
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