In 1991, the Board approved a mission change moving the Library
away from acting as a public library for the citizens of Oregon, and towards becoming a special
library that primarily met the information needs of state
Also in the 1993 Legislature a bill was passed to change an
existing program of state aid to public libraries to the
Children Services Improvement Grant program, funded at 25¢
per child per year. Yet another bill passed that
removed the statutory mandate that the State Library provide
public library services for Oregonians without a local public
Another request was made by the Department of Administrative
Services (DAS) to the 1993 Legislative Assembly for
$3,311,937 as part of the Capitol Construction Program for
1993-1995. In 1995 DAS began working with the State
Library Board and staff members to plan the renovation
project. By early 1998 DAS had settled on seven million
dollars to renovate the State Library, construction
began in September of 1998.
In 1997, the Children's Services Improvement Grant program
was renamed the Ready to Read Grant program; funding was
increased to 75¢ per child.
In 1999, the Information Resources Management Division of DAS
leased rooms on the third floor of the library for their
Statewide Technology Education Program Services (STEPS) to
serve state employees. Also in that year, Web-Braille,
downloadable Braille which can be printed or read with an
electronic Braille reader, was first offered to Talking Book
At the close of 2000, the State Library Building renovation
was completed. In addition to renovation of facilities
and office spaces, the Oregon Arts Commission Percent for
Arts program created original artwork by Oregon artists
Dennis Cunningham, Margot Thompson and Kim Stafford for the
various areas in the library.
In 2004, Talking Books started offering Unabridged, a service
which allows TBABS patrons to download digital audio books to
their hard drive, or transfer to MP3 players. the first such
service in the country.
2005 was a landmark year for the State Library which
celebrated its 100 year anniversary. That same year the
Talking Books program removed Braille from their collection
and began a partnership with the Utah State library to
provide Braille to its patrons.
Also in 2005, HB 2118 was signed which created the Oregon Documents
to collect and archive electronic Oregon
Documents. The Repository went live in July of
In 2007, the State Library was designated the Regional
Federal Depository Library. The State Library and the Oregon
State Poetry Association (OSPA) agreed upon a MOU concerning
a poetry collection housed at the State Library and a reading
room for the Poet Laureate of Oregon.
Also in 2007, the State Library partnered with the Oregon
Association of School Libraries to begin to develop a
statewide Battle of the Books competition to turn students on
to reading and to showcase the value of school librarians in
In 2009, Talking Book and Braille Services celebrated its
40th anniversary at the State Library, and in September of
that year the transition to the new digital talking books
began, replacing 4-track cassette books.
In 2010, Jim traveled for the first time to Oregon's sister
library in Fujian, China, to speak at the Fujian Library
Association Conference and to tour public and academic
libraries and meet with professional colleagues. He went with
three other Oregon librarians who were participating in the
Horner Library Exchange Project.
Jim Scheppke retired on December 31, 2011, after twenty years
as State Librarian.