Check Your Shelf Podcast: Other Duties As Assigned

Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. Community Relations Librarian Amy Martin brings you inside the walls to get to know Your Library. The first season will feature six episodes diving into the different places, programs, and initiatives that make OPL truly special.

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Episode 4: Other Duties As Assigned - Notes

Many OPL staff have been serving as Disaster Services Workers since early May during the public health crisis. During times of emergency, City of Oakland employees can be assigned to support the crisis response - often performing tasks they normally don't do. In this episode, we talk to six OPL staff about their Disaster Service Work assignments: handing out food, calling seniors, supporting COVID-19 testing, and more. 

Food Distribution at Oakland Public Libraries


Testing Sites

Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Library Staff Featured in this Episode

Jamie Turbak, Director, Oakland Public Library
Pete Villaseñor, Manager, César E. Chávez Branch of the Oakland Public Library
Sabah Abdulla, Library Assistant, Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library
Brian Guenther, Manager, 81st Avenue Branch of the Oakland Public Library
Sandra Toscano, Manager, Brookfield Branch of the Oakland Public Library
Larry Whitaker, Library Aide, Elmhurst Branch of the Oakland Public Library
Claudia Barrientos, Library Aide, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Oakland Public Library