Luke Kralik is the new director and head librarian of the Dora Badollet Library on Clatsop Community College’s main campus.
Kralik, who started Aug. 3, replaces Candice Watkins, who recently became director of Tacoma Community College’s library. Kralik has served as library director and librarian at Tillamook Bay Community College since January 2011. He has also been a reference librarian at Tillamook County Library, school librarian at Sacred Heart School in Medford and a reference librarian at the Jackson County Library.
He holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from Southern Oregon University and a master’s of library science from Emporia State University in Kansas. Kralik, who maintains his interest in fine arts and painting, will relocate to Astoria with his wife and three daughters.
Kralik is responsible for all functions of the library and adjacent Learning Commons, including information literacy, collections services and open educational resource development, which he said is a key focus.
“Integration of (open educational resources) into the curriculum will be a great benefit to our students,” Kralik said. “They will have access to a wider range of resources at a much lower cost. OER can help eliminate the need for expensive textbooks.”
Kralik said he intends to devote time to getting a sense of need from students, faculty and the community, and is excited to be in a larger institution yet still be able to develop personal connections with library constituents.