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Ales and Ideas: Why Libraries? Why Now?

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one,” wrote author, film-writer, and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman. In today’s world of abundant misinformation, well-trained librarians have never been more important.  This month’ Ales & Ideas presents a Panel Discussion:  Why Libraries?  Why Now?  with local librarians Kelly Knudsen (Warrenton Community Library), Esther Moberg (Seaside Public Library), Dan McClure (Clatsop Community College Dora Badollet Library), Jimmy Pearson (Astoria Public Library) as well as Astoria Public Library Advisory Board Chair Sue Stein, who will moderate the session. Learn about the latest developments in three 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.  

Clatsop Community College is pleased to follow Fort George’s lead in returning to LIVE audiences for this year’s Thursday Night Talks. An audience cap of 50 will be enforced, to include physically distanced seating.  Face coverings are required, except while actively eating or drinking.  Doors open at 6pm, with food, ales, and other beverages available; no purchase necessary. Minors are welcome at this FREE event.  This event will also stream live on Facebook LIVE at 7pm.


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Esther Moberg has been the Library Director of the Seaside Public Library for 9 years, and has worked in public, k-12 school, and academic libraries for over 23 years. She got her start in libraries at the Astoria Public Library as a teenager and served as president of the Oregon Library Association in 2018. She is a Certified Public Library Administrator with the American Library Association and holds a Masters degree in Library Science.  Jimmy Pearson has been the director for the Astor Public Library since October 2016.  He is retired from the Army, loves all things books, and living in the Pacific Northwest.  Dan McClure has served as Library Director at Clatsop Community College since 2017. He has worked in academic, public, and law libraries in three states, and was Director of Library Services at Pacific Northwest College of Art from 2008 to 2016. Dan lives in Astoria with his wife Noelle and their two cats. He serves on the Astoria Public Library Advisory Board, the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, and as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  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.


February 3
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It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Desiree Noah, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Lower Library, Suite 103, dnoah@clatsopcc.edu 503-338- 2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Director of Student Access Services, Helen Fleming, is in Columbia Hall, Suite 115, hfleming@clatsopcc.edu 503-338-2474.


Persons having questions about or a request for classroom accommodations should contact Helen Fleming Director of Student Access Services, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Columbia 115, hfleming@clatsopcc.edu, Phone (503) 338-2474 or TDD (503) 338-2468. 

Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact Shaun Martin, Interim Physical Plant Director, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Alder Hall, smartin@clatsopcc.edu , Phone (503) 338-2393 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Declaración de no-discriminación

Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Desiree Noah, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en Library número 103  dnoah@clatsopcc.edu número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. Director de Servicios de acceso para estudiantes, Helen Fleming, se encuentra en Columbia Hall, numero 115, hfleming@clatsopcc.edu número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas

Las personas que tengan preguntas o una solicitud de adaptaciones en el aula deben comunicarse con Helen Fleming Directora de Servicios de Acceso para Estudiantes, en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Columbia 115, hfleming@clatsopcc.edu, teléfono (503) 338-2474 o TDD (503) 338-2468.

En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con Shaun Martin, Director de instalaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Alder Hall, smartin@clatsopcc.edu número teléfonico (503) 338-2393 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de notificar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.


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