Since 1895

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Ohio Library Council, as we celebrate more than 125 years of service to our members and to the profession. 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.

1895 to present timeline

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. Nearly one hundred and thirty 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.

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Thank you for helping make OLC the association it is today!

Timeline (PDF)