Jane Salisbury supervises Library Outreach Services at Multnomah County (OR) Library, 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.
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.