2020 Marks OLC’s 125th Anniversary!

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Ohio Library Council, as we celebrate 125 years of service to our members and to the profession. We’ll be commemorating our history throughout the year, culminating in a celebration at our 2020 Convention and Expo this October in Columbus.

Founded in 1895 and originally named the Ohio Library Association, our professional organization was the idea of three determined librarians – William Howard Brett, Electra C. Doren and Linda A. Eastman. The first conference was held that same year in Cleveland. A timeline is listed on the OLC website.


It’s clear that OLC’s longevity and strength come from continuously developing new programs and services that benefit members. The creation of the Ohio Public Librarian Certification (CPL) and the Ohio Public Library Staff Certification (CPLS) are obvious examples, but OLC’s advancements extend across key areas such as advocacy, education, career development, and leadership. It’s inspiring that these innovations are due to the engagement and expertise of our vibrant public library community and dedicated volunteers. One hundred and twenty-five years later, the founding members would be proud to learn that the OLC is now one of the leading and most well-respected library associations in the country.


Please help celebrate this milestone and share your memories on social media using #OLC125Years. Thank you for helping make OLC the association it is today – here’s to 125 years and counting!