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Enriching Library Service During the Pandemic and Beyond


Program date: June 3, 2022

Air date: June 6, 2022

From the City Club of Eugene:

As community-serving institutions, public libraries had to pivot quickly as the pandemic changed needs and circumstances again and again. With each change, the Eugene Public Library had to find the safest way to maintain the circulation of its collections and the availability of resources. Thoughtful analysis of user responses generated new insights that strengthened library services as the crisis subsided. In this program, EPL leaders share how staff redesigned library operations, using new ideas and approaches to make better use of library resources.


Will O’Hearn has been director of the Eugene Public Library since 2019. He started working for his hometown library in Marengo, Illinois, storing books and eventually worked his way up to the position. of senior clerk. After college, he served as assistant traffic coordinator and then traffic supervisor for the College of Lake County, Illinois. Then he moved to the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado as a business librarian, then director of adult services. He has held professional positions at the Lincoln Library, Springfield and Grays Lake, IL. He earned a BS in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Angela Ocaña is manager of community services at the Eugene Public Library and was a board member of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. She won the 2016 CLA Young Adult Librarian of the Year award, the same year her Teen Pride program was picked on and challenged by some members of her community. She is an avid graphic novel reader and has spoken at comic book conventions across the country, fusing her passion for comics and the freedom to read. She was a member of the selection committee for the list of the best graphic novels for children and claims to be secretly a unicorn.

About the City Club of Eugene:

The mission of the City Club of Eugene is to build community vision through open inquiry. The Club explores a wide range of important local, state and national issues and helps formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Membership is open to all, and Club members directly influence public policy by discussing issues of interest with elected officials and other policy makers. The City Club’s mailing address is PO Box 12084, Eugene, OR 97440, and its website is cityclubofegene.org.

Video and broadcast

This program will be broadcast live and the videotape will be available on the City Club of Eugene Facebook page and You Tube channel, in addition to our website. It will air Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m., on KLCC 89.7 FM.

Contact: For more information, contact Silver A. Mogart, City Club of Eugene, Executive Director, (541) 485-7433, [email protected]