Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oregon Historical Society Library CLOSING

This is shocking news that cannot wait, since the closure is due to begin this Saturday. Researchers needing to access OHS collections before then should make plans immediately.

Due to budget cuts, the Oregon Historical Society Research Library will be closing on February 28, 2009. After that date, collections will no longer be available to the public. At this point, photo and film reproduction orders will still be taken.

If you'd like to make your voice heard, you can send your questions or comments to George Vogt, Executive Director of OHS, at george.vogt[at]ohs.org or 503-306-5203. Check the website at for any future news about the status of the library.

3 comments:

Rachel Schoening said...

Statement from OHS:

Because of declining revenue projections for 2009, the OHS Board of Trustees has directed management to reduce expenditures and lay off staff members to bring the budget into balance. The main causes of revenue decline are:

A 2009-10 state appropriation that is forecast to be 65% lower ($800,000 per year less) than last year's.
A probable take-back of $350,000 from the 2009 state appropriation
The loss of approximately $400,000 in annual endowmwent earnings
A drop in giving to the OHS annual appeal

All programs are affected, and managers are taking a %10 pay reduction as part of the overall reductions. In 2009, there will be no pay increases for staff or management.

The Trustees concentrated most of the staffing reductions in the research library in order to preserve public access to museum exhibits and educational programs and to continue web-based services, traveling exhibits, and school outreach programs across the state.

Public access to the library collections will be necessarily limited after mid-March, and the Society will post information, including hours and condition of access, on the website shortly. The Society will continue to provide access to photographic and film collections and will continue to partner with Oregon Public Broadcasting in the production of Oregon Experience.

WE URGE EVERYONE TO CONTACT HIS OR HER STATE LEGISLATORS WITH MESSAGES OF SUPPORT FOR THE OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S APPROPRIATION.

Duke Smith said...

OK. At first I thought the library was to be closed indefinitely as in maybe for keeps. The wording, " Oregon Historical Society Research Library will be closing on February 28, 2009. After that date, collections will no longer be available to the public," conveyed a permanent closure. In comments, it seems the library will be open, but with restricted hours. Anxiously awaiting more news.

Sara Piasecki said...

Duke, the OHS is getting a lot of feedback and the situation is still somewhat fluid. Be sure to check the library web site (http://www.ohs.org/research/library/) and, if you're willing, contact your legislators to urge them to support OHS.