New Member Profile: Erin McCusker
Hello, Oregon Library Community! I am so happy to join you as the new District Director for the Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD) in Eastern Oregon. I began in July of 2017 and am currently in learning overdrive!
I started my professional library career in Idaho in the early 1990’s. Before that, I was a high school teacher with Weston-McEwen High School in Athena, Oregon. One of our sons was even born in Pendleton in 1990! Needless to say, working for UCSLD is like coming home.
In Idaho, I worked for the Boise Basin Library District and eventually became the director. It was a wonderful rural library district and I learned how important a community’s library is to its residents and visitors. After getting my MLS as a distance student of Emporia State University, I worked for the Idaho Commission for Libraries as a library development consultant. When my husband Neil transferred with the Forest Service to Flagstaff, Arizona, I started working at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, eventually becoming a branch manager. Our next chapter led us back to Pendleton, where a friend let me know about the UCSLD director position, and here I am!
Neil and I have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Andrew and Stuart. We also have two cats, Esmeralda and Allegheny, who are natural, and quite amusing, hunters. Our sons have flown the coop, and Neil and I have had the great good fortune to be able to travel. In 2014 we traveled to Greece and Italy, and in 2015, to Taiwan to visit Andrew where he works teaching English. In 2017 we continued our adventures to England, Wales, Scotland and Paris. We love meeting new people and learning of their culture and history.
We recently bought a home in Pendleton and moved in just before Thanksgiving of 2017. We love our new home and our new community: the Farmer’s Market, the Great Pacific, the Center for the Arts, BiMart, the Sacred Hoop of Pendleton. I found a Nia class when I first moved to Pendleton and love the fusion of dance, yoga and martial arts. Check it out.
In my spare time I read, bead, sew, and knit in my “cavern o’ creativity”, as well as garden in the warmer months. My husband and I like to walk along the Umatilla River, camp, snowshoe, and watch movies. We also love traveling to the ocean as often as we can. Oregon and Washington wines appeal to us greatly, and we love wandering around sampling the region’s agricultural splendors.
I love the vibrancy of the Oregon library community and joined OLA soon after being hired. I recently responded to the call for new members for the OLA Leadership Committee. In fact, I just booked my hotel room for the conference in Eugene! Looking forward to meeting you all!