history

Chapter History

A Brief History of the Pacific Northwest Chapter

In the fall of 1944, a group of librarians from the University of Washington began to organize a local chapter of SLA. At their first official meeting in April of 1945, the fledgling Puget Sound Chapter had forty-one members. Annual dues were five dollars. The first annual business meeting was held on May 23, 1946 by which time the membership had swelled to seventy-one representing librarians form Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

In 1963, the Chapter changed its name to the Pacific Northwest Chapter, and by 1965 the geographic boundaries included Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta. Oregon libraries organized their own chapter in 1973, and the Western Canada Chapter formed in 1980. Montana was aboard by 1976. Finally in 1984, when British Columbia joined Western Canada, the PNW Chapter reached its current size including the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

Over the years the membership continued to grow, but times were often rocky. Chapter presidents in 1951 and again in 1957 warned that the Chapter was in danger from lack of participation. By the late 1970's, Chapter membership had grown to around 300 and as many as 100 members attended meetings. With most members residing in Western Washington, occasional Saturday seminars, Annual Conferences, and join-meetings with other chapters, as well as the quarterly INTERFACE newsletter, helped to keep members in touch.

In 2015 the Oregon Chapter (ORSLA) brought up the possibility of merging back into the Pacific Northwest Chapter after separating from them in 1973. Talks between the Chapters were fruitful, and in the summer of 2016 the SLA Board voted to merge the two Chapters together under the name of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, which took effect at the beginning of 2017.


PNW Past Presidents
2019-2022 | Laura Grove
2018 | Ilse Allison
2017 | Laura Horan
2016 | Laura Grove 
2015 | Jennifer Robbins 
2014 | Elizabeth Doyle
2013 | Kathryn Nelson
2012 | Ken Wheaton
2011 | Emily Glenn
2010 | Chris Mulready
2009 | Vicki Valleroy
2008 | Julie Cook
2007 | Barbara Wetzel
2005-06 Julia Parker
2004-05 | Katherine Foster
2003-04 | Christina Byrne
2002-03 | Rebecca Withington
2001-02 | Chris Mulready
2000-01 | Nola Sterling
1999-2000 | Toni C. Emerson
1998-99 | Alison Keyes
1997-98 | Trish Camozzi-Ekberg
1996-97 | Sophia Smith
1995-96 | Lyn Sauter
1994-95 | Laura Lipton
1993-94 | Linda Martinez
1992-93 | Anne McBride
1991-92 | Charles Lord
1990-91 | Ann Robertson
1989-90 | Carol C. Green
1988-89 | Karin Williams
1987-88 | Roxanna Frost
1986-87 | Vivienne Burke
1985-86 | Dan Trefethen
1984-85 | Ruth L. Van Dyke
1983-84 | Natalie Yount
1982-83 | Erlinda Compton
1981-82 | Maureen Cartano
1980-81 | Enid Slivka
1979-80 | Diana Wilimovsky
1978-79 | Loretta Artman
1977-78 | Susan Ball
1976-77 | Corinne Campbell
1975-76 | Beverly Russell
1974-75 | Margaret Tjaden
1973-74 | Diana Carey
1972-73 | Jean Boucher
1971-72 | Jeanette Privat
1970-71 | Charlotte Beatty
1969-70 | Erna Trull
1968-69 | Doreen Taylor
1967-68 | Barbara Russo
1966-67 | Louise Montle
1965-66 | Betty Wagner
1964-65 | Helen Strickland
1963-64 | not listed
1962-63 | Jean Ashford
1961-62 | Florina Conklin
1960-61 | Agnes Hagan
1959-60 | James W. Chase
1958-59 | Jean MacDonald
1957-58 | Marguerite E. McLean
1956-57 | Harold D. Wilson
1955-56 | Erik Bromberg
1954-55 | Harry Bauer
1953-54 | Edith M. Fry
1952-53 | Lorraine Murphy
1951-52 | Lawrence Murphy
1950-51 | Eva Lou Robertson
1949-50 | Gertrude Freund
1948-49 | Ellen Lundeen
1947-48 | Bernard Lane
1946-47 | Harry Bauer
1945-46 | Gertrude Minsk, Winnifred Jones

ORSLA Past Presidents
2016 | Lisa Stringfield-Prescott
2015 | Kati Arzeta
2014 | Kati Arzeta
2013 | Susan Mecklem
2012 | Amy Maule
2011 | Kama Sue Siegel
2010 | Judy Anderson
2009 | Cindy Romaine
2008-09 | Michelle Bagley
2006-07 | Samara Wilson
2005-06 | Todd Hannon
2004-05 | Pam Osborne
2003-04 | Linda Absher
2002-03 | Rachel Berrington
2001-02 | Kathy Hemphill
2000-01 | Gerry Lukos
1999-2000 | Terry Brainerd Chadwick
1998-99 | Gretchen Leslie
1997-98 | Connie Hartup Shearer
1996-97 | Carol Jones
1995-96 | Cindy Romaine
1994-95 | LaJean Humphries
1993-94 | Dareth Murray
1992-93 | Andrea Drury
1991-92 | Bette Stewart
1990-91 | Mary O'Brien
1989-90 | Dan Kniesner
1988-89 | Yan Soucie
1987-88 | Faye Powell
1986-87 | Robert Lawrence
1985-86 | Linda K. Appel
1984-85 | Linda K. Appel
1983-84 | Susan Jackson
1982-83 | Marcia Buser-Molatore
1981-82 | Betty McCauley
1980-81 | Donna Shaver
1979-80 | Chris Brooks
1978-79 | Maureen Seaman
1977-78 | Heather Rosenwinkel
1976-77 | Barbara O'Neil
1975-76 | Julie Kawabata
1974-75 | Perry Morrison
1973-74 | Stan Ruckman