Monday, February 4, 2008

OLA Conference Archives: Historic Perspective

On the Internet, I hardly see the 100+ years history of the OLA and its conferences. Mere news story or a passing reference to the Ontario Library Association's 100th Anniversary Super Conference (COUNTDOWN TO THE EVENT OF THE CENTURY AND FOR THE CENTURY) is not my major concern.

This is not an allegation about lack of documenation or absence of primary sources to write this history. I am sure most of this archival information may be in the physical storage, i.e, main office's vault (irrespective of the case-history we are interested in, and that includes OLA, CLA, ALA, etc). Whereas, I am concerned about the fact that virtual archives, of any of these are very few and data is hard to find.

In short, does anybody know where on the Internet one may find complete historic information about all the OLA's growth and developement, as well as, more significantly about the conferences -- including, abstracts, presentations, handouts, announcements, news stories, awards, etc.?

Note: recent stuff is at the OLA Website* + Wayback Machine **

Ps. I am not the only soul hunting for this type of archival materials. See the most recent inquiry @
Library 2.0 Stuff

*THE SUPER CONFERENCE ARCHIVE 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

**Wayback machine has a few traces 1999 to 2003

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