MN Association of Library Friends Elects Chris Olson to Board Presidency

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At its most recent meeting, the MALF Board of Directors unanimously voted to elect Chris Olson as its president; his term of office begins on January 1, 2011 and he will serve during a pivotal moment in MALF’s history.  

As a board member, Olson has served MALF in a variety of ways during the past 20 years (Terms from 1990 – 1994; 1997 – 2007; and 2009 --).  He has provided leadership to the organization as newsletter and website editor, membership manager and most recently in the futures planning process and as secretary pro tem.  Olson is well known in the Minnesota library community through his work as the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and for Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC). Olson also worked as the public information officer for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in northwestern Minnesota, where he served as a staff liaison to the Friends groups in that region.

He is a former president of the Minnesota Library Association and has served as a councilor for the American Library Association.   He also currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine University in the Masters of Library Science program.

2010 Evy Nordley Best Project by Friends Group Winner - The Friends of the Rochester Public Library

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MALF is proud to announce that The Friends of the Rochester Public Library (FORPL) was awarded $1,000 and the 2010 Evy Nordley Best Project by Friends Group plaque at the Minnesota Library Association's Annual Conference.  This  award recognizes the importance of Friends of the Library projects with impact.  "Threads of Our Community", submitted by FORPL is detailed (with photos), as are all of the submissions for this year's award.  MALF sincerely hopes that these effective projects help all of our members to generate ideas that support your local library!