Lexington, KY – The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) held its Annual Meeting at the Hilton Savannah Desoto in Savannah, Georgia during the week of October 27-31, 2013. COSLA celebrated its 40th anniversary and devoted time to organizational planning while discussing and taking action on issues of common concern and national interest.
2013 marked the 40th anniversary for COSLA which was first organized in November 1973 at a meeting in Washington, D.C. Former State Librarians Al Trezza (IL) and Joe Shubert (OH) conceived the idea of COSLA during an afternoon break at the meeting. They were standing under the stoop at the Capitol Hill Hotel (now disappeared into a parking lot) during a quiet rain. They identified officers and the general plan and then discussed the ideas with other state librarians later in the day and evening. In honor of the occasion, a celebratory reception and dinner for current members, past members and guests was held on the Savannah River Queen on Monday, October 28th in Savannah, Georgia. A program providing the history of COSLA as well as testimonials from many past members was enjoyed by everyone at the event. COSLA was pleased to have 25 past COSLA members join the celebration along with the 44 states represented at the meeting.
To read more, download this PDF press release from COSLA – COSLA Celebrates 40 Years of Success (pdf)