Oklahoma Library Association

Oklahoma Library Association
OLA Logo
Purpose"To strengthen the quality of libraries, library services and librarianship in Oklahoma."[1]
HeadquartersOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Stacy Schrank
Main organ
Oklahoma Librarian
WebsiteOLA Website

The Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) is a non-profit organization that promotes libraries and library services and provides professional development for library personnel in the state of Oklahoma. OLA is a chapter of both the American Library Association and the Mountain Plains Library Association.[2] OLA hosts workshops throughout the year and holds an Annual Conference.[3] OLA is the official sponsor of the Sequoyah Book Award, the Read Y'all celebrity poster literacy campaign, and the Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books.[4][5][6]


OLA was formed on May 16, 1907 by a small group of librarians from the University of Oklahoma and nearby normal schools as well as public libraries. The meeting was hosted by the now-defunct Carnegie Library in downtown Oklahoma City.[7] These librarians were interested in forming a statewide library association to ensure the "statewide extension of tax-supported library service" and "to explore a more economical way of transporting...books."[8]

Notable Members

External links


  1. ^ "About OLA". oklibs.org. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  2. ^ "Chapters". American Libraries. American Library Association. 3 (10): 1097–1098. 1972.
  3. ^ McElfresh, Laura (2012). "E-Books, E-Readers, E-Gad!". Technicalities. Library & Information Science Source. 32 (2): 4–7.
  4. ^ http://www.oklibs.org/?page=01Sequoyah
  5. ^ Oklahoman (July 12, 2007). "Oklahoma TV star featured on library association's poster". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.oklibs.org/?page=MildredLaughlin
  7. ^ Oklahoma Libraries 1900-1937; a History and Handbook. Oklahoma Library Commission. 1937. pp. 192–193.
  8. ^ Finchum, Tanya; Finchum, G. Allen (2011). "Not Gone with the Wind: Libraries in Oklahoma in the 1930s". Libraries & the Cultural Record. University of Texas Press. 46 (3): 276–294. doi:10.1353/lac.2011.0015.

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