Library Council Membership

Members are knowledgeable and active, with good communication skills among their peers. They willingly and regularly participate in all activities of the Council, possessing a holistic approach to solving problems and being accountable to the entire statewide library community. These members may include, but are not limited to library employees, volunteers, trustees, advocates, foundation board members, consultants, or educators.

Member Responsibilities

  1. To participate actively, contribute to and evaluate the work of the Council.
  2. To advise the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on policies, procedures and evaluation of the LSTA program, and on library development.
  3. To determine broad policies and guidelines for the administration of federal funds for libraries and recommend them to the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State.
  4. To communicate with constituencies within the library community and to reflect the issues, concerns and viewpoints of the constituencies members represent.
  5. To maintain awareness of current issues and concerns in appropriate areas of expertise and of library issues and trends, particularly as they affect the state of Washington.
  6. To be knowledgeable about the development of libraries and library services within the state of Washington.
  7. To advocate on behalf of Washington Libraries and champion library initiatives.
  8. To assume other responsibilities that may, from time to time, be necessary for the effective operation of the Council.
  9. To respond to any requests made by the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State consistent with its purpose.

Membership List

Jennifer Ashby
Public Libraries Under 100,000
Term expires 12/2022
Asotin County Library
417 Sycamore St.
Clarkston, WA 99403
[email protected]
(509) 758-5454

Andrew Chanse
Underserved Populations
Term expires 12/2023
Spokane Public Library
906 W Main
Spokane, WA 99201
[email protected]
(509) 869-7067

Patricia Devine
Special Libraries
Term expires 12/2022
University of Washington
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195-7155
[email protected]
(206) 543-8275

Francisco Garcia-Ortiz
Cultural Diversity
Term expires 12/2022
Yakima Valley Libraries
102 North 3rd Street
Yakima, WA 98901
[email protected]
(509) 388-5222

Lynn Kanne
Academic Libraries 2–Year
Term expires 12/2022
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, 2BE2101
Seattle, WA 98122-2413
[email protected]
(206) 934-5421

Chris Martin
Term expires 12/2023
King County Library System
13133 227th Ave NE
Duvall, WA 98019
[email protected]
(206) 909-5963

Joy Neal
Rural Libraries
Term expires 12/2022
La Conner Regional Library
614 Morris St
La Conner, WA 98257
[email protected]
(360) 466-3352

Stephanie Ratko
Technology in Libraries
Term expires 12/2022
Pierce County Library
3005 112th St E
Tacoma, WA 98446
[email protected]
(253) 906-5894

Term expires 12/2020
Tumwater School District
PO Box 609 N
East Olympia, WA 98107
[email protected]
(360) 561-3848

Barbara Walters
Public Libraries Serving Over 100,000
Term expires 12/2022
North Central Regional Library
16 N Columbia St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
[email protected]
(509) 679-5550

Ex-Officio Members

University of Washington iSchool

Anind Dey
iSchool Dean
[email protected]
(206) 616-0985

iSchool, University of Washington
Suite 370, Mary Gates Hall
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840

Washington State Library

Sara Jones
State Librarian
(360) 704-5276



Mike Buschman
Library Development Manager & LSTA Coordinator
(360) 890-6924


Washington Secretary of State
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460

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