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In elementary school, I desperately wanted my mother to order books for me from those flyers Scholastic hands out to kids. She refused, citing the "perfectly good library down the street." I exacted revenge by becoming a card-carrying ALA accredited reference librarian. Ha! Take that!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cool Fish Library

Salmon Fry
Today I toured a library with certainly the most comprehensive library relating to steelhead, salmon and trout on the west coast, and probably in the entire country, StreamNet Library operated by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

This is a fascinating collection of both older hard copy items which are in the process of being digitized and electronic resources. Although the collection is non-circulating, it is completely open to the public. It isn't necessary to call Regional Librarian Lenora Oftedahl first, but it might be good idea, as she might have ideas about other materials that are in the less-accessible storage as staff continues to settle in to their new digs at 700 NE Multnomah, near Lloyd Center in Portland.

Funding for the StreamNet Library is provided by the Bonneville Power Administration, which is only fair, since it was their dams on the Columbia River that endangered native fishes and threatened Native cultures and communities.