Dotty Ormes Resume


Dorothy Ormes
Government Information Resources/Instruction Librarian

Hannon Library/Southern Oregon University
541-552-6850 /

photo of Dotty Ormes


East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas

Pacific Institute of the Alexander Technique
Chico, California

Dominican College
San Rafael, California

California Institute of the Arts
Newhall, California


Professional Experience

Government Information Resources/Instruction Librarian, Sept. 2011 - present
Hannon Library
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

Government Documents & Maps Librarian, Aug. 2008 - May 2011
New Mexico State University Libraries
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Supervised two staff members in the processing and cataloging of government materials. Provided professional in-person and online chat reference service. Provided targeted reference service in the Government Documents unit. Acted as library liaison for the NMSU Geography and Political Science Departments. Participated on various library committees. Created presentations for national and regional library and government documents conferences.

Instructor/Technical Services Librarian, Sept. 2005 - June 2008
Hannon Library
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

Created original and copy cataloging of resources. Provided metadata for digital collection. Teach instruction sessions for University Studies program. Provided professional reference service and Ask-a-Librarian service. Acted as library liaison for the SOU Theatre Department. Participated in Southern Oregon Digital Archives, Emergency Management, Library Art Gallery, and Reference/Instruction work groups. Co-ordinated exhibits of library costume display in collaboration with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and SOU Theatre Department. Co-ordinated Hannon Library Gallery Exhibits.

Information Technician, Oct. 2000 - Sept. 2005
Hannon Library
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

Provided professional reference service. Assisted patrons at circulation and government documents desks. Provided support services to librarians and patrons in reference and government documents departments. Provided e-mail reference through Ask-a-Librarian service. Supervised graduate assistant in map processing. Hired, trained, evaluated and supervised student assistants. Created weekly schedule for reference desk staffing. Cataloged government documents. Gathered and maintained reference statistics and serial updates for reference department. Maintained ongoing book sale. Participated in staff committees, working groups and in-service training.

Archive Assistant, Sept. 1999 - Sept. 2004
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, Oregon

Indexed and organized prompt boxes covering 1935 to present. Filed materials and updated index as needed.

Archive Practicum Instruction Assistant, Sept. 2003/04
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes park, Colorado
Sponsored by Emporia University School of Library and Information Management

Professional Storyteller, Sept. 1989 - present

Produce and perform storytelling events. Perform as featured teller and workshop presenter at festivals throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.

Artist-in-Residence/Southern Oregon Arts Council, Sept. 1997 -Sept. 2000

Owner - Freemotion of Ashland, June 1992 - Dec. 1999

Instructed individuals in the Alexander Technique to release tension in neck, back and shoulders and create ergonomically suitable work areas. Worked with students who experience repetitive strain injury, back and neck tension. Took referrals from chiropractors and other health professionals. Gave presentations and taught group workshops in the Alexander Technique. Instructed musicians and performers in both group and individual sessions.


Grant Writing

Southwest and Border Cultures Institute Mini-Grant for Government Documents Centennial Celebration. New Mexico State University (Grant received: May 2009) April 2010

Co-author of NEH preservation assessment grant, Southern Oregon University Library
(Grant received: August 2002) April 2002



Teacher, Storyteller and Presenter:

  • Hispanic Heroes, Border Shenanigans and Dr. Seuss? Federal Depository Library Annual Conference, Arlington VA. Oct. 19 - 21, 2010.

  • Slaves, Sidekicks and Healers: Women's Stories Collected by the WPA Soul of a People: Great Depression Road Show, Las Cruces, NM. Apr. 4, 2009.

  • Ugly Duckling to Swan: Government Documents for the Public User. Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, NM. March 29, 2010.

  • Government Documents Tell a Good Story. Federal Depository Library Annual Conference, Arlington VA. Oct. 18 - 20, 2009.

  • Ugly Duckling to Swan: Government Documents for the Public User. New Mexico Library Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Apr. 24, 2009.

  • Weaving History into Storytelling for the Middle School Audience. New Mexico Library Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Apr. 23, 2009.

  • Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival: featured teller, Portland, Oregon April 2008

  • Southern Oregon History Collection: Co-presenter, Digitizing Grows Community: OLA Annual Conference, Corvallis, Oregon April 2007

  • Borrowed Bard: Shakespeare's Debt to Oral Tradition: Storytelling presentation for Oregon Shakespeare Festival Noon Lecture/Concert Series August 2006

  • American Library Association Community Service Day, New Orleans: storytelling June 2006

  • Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA):Oregon Library Association Digital Smorgasboard, Salem, Oregon April 2006

  • Borrowed Bard: Southern Oregon University Hannon Library, Year of the Library Oct. 2005

  • Storytelling Series for Children: Jackson County Libraries, Oregon Aug. 2005

  • Keynote speaker/workshop presenter: Soroptimist's Regional Mtg. Oct. 2004
    Storytelling/Lecture for Masters level rhetoric class: Southern Oregon University Dec. 2001

  • Colloquium for music students: Southern Oregon University Jan. 1998

  • International Conference on the Alexander Technique/Jerusalem, Israel August 1996

  • Storytelling Classes: California State University, Chico Fall/Spring 1992-93

Membership in Library and Storytelling Affiliations:

American Library Association, 2007-11
Oregon Library Association, 2005-08, 2011-present
National Storytelling Network, 2007-11