Alumnus credits Willamette University for helping to shape his career

Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, ’88, was recently named Oregon state librarian by the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees. He will assume his duties Jan. 1.

 “I’m very excited about it,” said Hulschof-Schmidt, who’s worked for the agency for seven years. “It’s good timing for some new leadership at the state library and the Oregon library community, both.”

Hulshof-Schmidt was an English major at Willamette. He later earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Washington.

By attending Willamette, Hulshof-Schmidt said he learned how information pieces together.

“I am a firm believer in a liberal arts education,” he said. “I like to learn a little bit about a whole bunch of things and learn where to go to find the rest. … (Willamette) gave me a really good foundation for pursuing a master’s in library science and building up my career after that.”

Hulshof-Schmidt, outgoing program manager for the library’s Government Research Services Department, was among three finalists considered for the job. He is replacing Jim Scheppke, who is retiring at the end of the year after serving the library for 25 years, 20 as state librarian.

The Oregon State Library provides quality information services to the Oregon state government; reading materials to blind and print-disabled Oregonians; and leadership, grants and other assistance to improve library service for all Oregonians.