The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) will reach a milestone in 2016– the 125th Anniversary of the professional organization. MLA was began in 1891 with William W. Folwell, serving as the first president. More than 100 other presidents and conferences have followed. The 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee, led by Co-Chairs Margaret Stone and Kathleen James, will plan opportunities to celebrate the work of the association and its members throughout 2016.
One undertaking will be the the first-ever MLA History Digital Project. MLA will work with the Minnesota Historical Society as MHS holds a majority of the MLA archives including founding documents, newsletters, conference programs back to 1896, and much more. MLA will also partner with the Minnesota Digital Library for digitization and access via Minnesota Reflections. Sara Ring serves as MLA History Digital Project Chair.