Jane Salisbury has supervised Library Outreach Services at Multnomah County (OR) Library for the past twelve years, providing service to all kinds of non-traditional library patrons, including home-bound people, immigrants, older adults, inmates, and shelter residents. Jane has had many jobs at MCL over the past 25 years, including reference, youth, and outreach services. She is a lifelong Northwesterner, but has also lived in villages in Alaska and Zimbabwe. Jane was named a Lifelong Access Fellow by Libraries of the Future in 2006, and has presented nationally on innovative approaches to library service for baby boomers. She has overseen IMLS- and LSTA-funded projects at Multnomah County to involve and serve adults in midlife, as well as to bring library services to people who are homeless. She will be leaving MCL in the summer of 2016, but will continue to be engaged with public libraries in various ways.
Jane grew up in a small town at a time when the public library was a center for the whole community, and believes strongly in the historical role of the library as a social and intellectual center of community. She believes that role is alive and well, taking new forms in an age of new technology and diversity.