OLA History

The Oregon Library Association has had a long and illustrious history. some of that history, from our beginnings in 1940 up to 1990, was documented and bound into a volume called A Journey Through Time

OLA History compiled in 1955
Prepared by the Manual Committee:  Elizabeth Findly, Cora E. Mason and Pauline C. Howard, Chairman

OLA 50th Anniversary Slideshow  
The original slideshow, produced by Richard C. Forcier of Western Oregon State College, was presented at the Oregon Library Association conference held on March 29, 1990, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of OLA. The 35mm slides and audiocassette recording was digitized by Rachel Kenny in 2018, with help from the State Library of Oregon and the Digital Production Lab at Willamette University. 

Past Presidents

Our history since 1990 is documented annually by the president of OLA for that year. Each year is linked and noted below. For a list of presidents from 1940, see OLA QUARTERLY, vol.2 issue 3, page 21.   To help OLA stay current on the events that make OLA history, we request that each future president submit a summary of their year using the linked template. Please do your part to keep OLA archives active and accurate!

Click on president's name for more info about ola during that year.

Attention OLA Presidents

Please use the Template for Past President information to submit information regarding your year as president. Thank you!

OLA Strategic Plan 2016


OLA Archives