The President in our Library!


We interrupt your regularly scheduled OCAC library blog post for an important announcement: our beloved Director, Elsa Loftis, has been voted the new president-elect of the Oregon Library Association! Elsa is very active on behalf of Oregon libraries and in OLA, and we of course feel that the association could not have made a finer choice.

Besides serving as Director of Library Services here at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Elsa has been a librarian at Everest College and Portland Community College. She has also worked as a website coordinator for NW Central (, which is a continuing education site for librarians in the Pacific Northwest, and acted as liaison to the Oregon Library Association’s Executive Board. She also served on the Advisory Board of Answerland (formerly L-Net), which is Oregon’s statewide virtual reference service.

She received her M.L.I.S. degree at the Pratt Institute in New York, NY in 2009. Before that, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in International Studies and Political Science. She also holds a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate from the INTESOL, in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Her professional interests include reference, instruction, and emerging technologies.

She loves to travel, and has lived abroad in Belgium, Denmark, Thailand, Italy and New Zealand. When she’s not in the library, she’s home with her husband, son and dog.

Elsa will serve as vice-president for a year before beginning her tenure as president of OLA. Congratulations, Elsa!



One thought on “The President in our Library!

  1. Reblogged this on The Lidless Librarian and commented:

    I’m re-blogging this nice write-up done about me by my coworker Liz Berntsen while I was out of the office. Being elected to serve OLA was exciting to say the very least. I have loved my time over the last few years on the OLA board, and am thrilled to continue on in such an active role! There are so many dedicated, creative, and interesting library workers in our state association, and it’s a genuine privilege to work with and serve them. The term starts so soon, can’t wait!

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