Molly Raphael was appointed director of libraries for Multnomah County in the fall of 2003. Molly joins Multnomah County Library from the District of Columbia Public Library, where she served as director for almost six years. She began her library career at the District of Columbia Public Library in 1970 as an assistant children's librarian and held several leadership positions within that system prior to becoming its director.

A recognized leader in the library field, Molly has been an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) since 1974. In 2003, she completed a term on its Governing Board and is continuing on its legislative body. Molly's professional activities have also included serving as president of the District of Columbia Library Association and as co-founder of the ALA's library service for people with hearing impairments. She is a member of the Urban Libraries Council, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

Molly holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree in library science from Simmons College.
 
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