About Us

     The North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) is a professional association for librarians, library staff, and library supporters that represent school, public, academic, and special libraries located in North Dakota, United States. The purpose of this organization is to exercise professional leadership and to promote library services and librarianship. 
 
     NDLA was formed on January 18, 1906. Our first president was Frank L. Thompson and the first library conference was held at the Fargo Public Library, 1906. The association had humble beginnings – at the 1909 conference, there was only 18 members. Now, there are currently over 300 NDLA members (including academic, health, public, and school libraries). 
 
     Our organization has gone through many changes over the years, yet we continue to move forward promoting 21st century librarianship, library services, and professional leadership. 
 
Interested in who the NDLA past presidents have been? Past Presidents