Join Clatsop Community College and Fort George Brewery for this month’s Ales & Ideas Lecture on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 at 7p.m. featuring a panel discussion addressing “Why Libraries, Why Now?”
Albert Einstein famously quipped, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” In today’s information-scape dominated by social media, fake news, and misinformation, our libraries have never been more important. This month’s Ales & Ideas panel discussion will feature local librarians Suzanne Myers Harold (Astoria Public Library), Libby Lawrence (Astoria Middle School Library), Dan McClure (Clatsop Community College Dora Badollet Library), Heather Martin (Providence Health System) as well as Astoria Public Library Advisory Board Chair Dr. Sue Stein, who will moderate the session. Learn about the latest developments in four area libraries, how libraries are connected, and special features of these local facilities. This First Thursday lecture will include an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. All are welcome.
Fort George lectures have returned to in-person events. Doors open at 6 p.m., with food, ales, and other beverages available; no purchase necessary. Minors are welcome at this FREE event.
Suzanne Myers Harold was born in Astoria and grew up in Tillamook. Prior to moving to Astoria, Suzanne worked at Multnomah County Library for 10 years in a number of positions: youth librarian at various branches, School Corps outreach librarian, Summer Reading Program Coordinator, and Adult Literacy Coordinator. She is active with the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and has served on a number of ALSC committees, including the 2010 Caldecott Award Selection Committee. She and her family moved to Astoria in 2013. She was hired as the youth services librarian at Astoria Public Library in 2017 and is currently interim Library Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian from Grinnell College in Iowa, and a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University.
Libby Lawrence runs the library at Astoria Middle School, where she has worked for five years. With a degree in Environmental Economics and a career in recreation, library work was a pivot. Without a degree in the field, she relied on mentors, research and trial and error to learn how to do her job. She works closely with students to build a collection that works for modern teens.
Heather Martin currently serves as the Director of Medical Libraries for Providence Health System where she has been a hospital librarian for the past 11 years and now works remotely from her home in Astoria after relocating from Portland in 2020. Heather is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, past-president of the Oregon Health Sciences Library Association, and former Library Advisory Board Member for the New England Journal of Medicine. She has published in a number of academic journals and was the 2019 recipient of the Medical Library Association Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship. Heather gained experience in a variety of special and academic libraries after receiving her BA in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto.
Dan McClure has worked in academic, public, and legal libraries in three states. He served as the Director of Library services at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland for eight years before moving to Astoria to become the Library Director at Clatsop Community College in 2017. He serves on the Astoria Public Library Advisory Board, and the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition. Dan reviews books for Library Journal, Choice and ARLIS/NA Reviews. He holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Susan M. Stein received her DHEd from A.T. Still University, and her MS in pharmaceutical sciences and BS in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Stein is the managing member of Susan M. Stein Consulting, LLC and Professor Emeritus at Pacific University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stein serves on multiple editorial and foundation boards, as an accreditation evaluator for ACPE and NWCCU, and locally, she is a member of AAUW, CAA, and serves on the Astoria Public Library Advisory Board.