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Jennifer RobertsLibrary Advocate and Activist

Josephine Community Libraries

Jennifer Roberts is a library advocate and activist in Southern Oregon. In 2007, county commissioners shut all four branches of the library due to lack of funding, leaving 82,000 people without access to any library services whatsoever. In response, a group of committed citizens formed Josephine Community Libraries (JCLI), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. With heavy reliance on volunteers and a mixture of donations, sponsorships, and grants, JCLI has been operating the libraries since 2009. Sadly, voters in Josephine County voted down a library district in November 2014. However, JCLI remains committed to acting as a bridge to long-term public funding for the library and to providing responsive, innovative library services to our community. JCLI's story has been featured in Library Journal, The Oregonian, American Libraries Magazine, and iCNN. 

Roberts has acted as head of communications, interim executive director, and board president of JCLI, and she has served on the board since 2008. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an erstwhile writing teacher and full-time novelist living in Grants Pass, Oregon.


Portland 2015May 12 - 15, 2015