Challenges and Innovations in Small and Rural Libraries: EDISJ Work in Rural Communities


The majority of Oregon’s libraries serve small and/or rural communities, and these libraries have a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Our small and rural libraries are often innovating ahead of our larger institutions, usually out of necessity, yet we rarely hear of their work. In this session, a panel of small and rural Oregon library directors will share their experiences and challenges in moving forward equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice work in small, rural, and conservative communities, and share successes in this work during the COVID pandemic.


  • Kristin Williams, Athena Public Library , Library Director
  • Amy Hutchinson, Lake County Library District, Library Director
  • Kathy Street, Oregon Trail Library District, Library Director

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