SEASIDE — When Esther Moberg was 17 years old working as a page in the Astoria Library, the thought of becoming one of the most influential librarians in Oregon was not on her mind.
Starting in September, Moberg will take over as the president of the Oregon Library Association. She is the director of Seaside Public Library, and has been working in the library world for more than 14 years. The library association elected her at the end of May for a yearlong term.
As president, it will be Moberg’s job to advocate for the health and well-being of all academic, public, school and special libraries throughout Oregon, she said. She will often be at the same table as government officials and publishers and will organize conferences to help give Oregon’s libraries a unified voice.
“It’s such an honor. It says your peers respect you enough to give you this kind of responsibility,” Moberg said. “It’s all about giving back.”
She said she decided to run after the nominating committee reached out to her, recommending her as a viable candidate. Before this, she had been involved with the library association for about five years, serving on a variety of conference and award committees.
Love at young age
Her love for libraries started at a young age, she said. She was home-schooled, which meant going on multiple trips to the library for learning materials.
“I think I read through the entire children’s section of the Astoria Library,” Moberg laughed.
The former library director Bruce Berney offered her a job as a page because “he was seeing me in the library every week anyway,” she said.
Her experience in working with rural…