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The Minnesota Library Association is saddened to share that Chris Olson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), died of natural causes on September 28, 2014. His funeral will be held on October 4 in Callaway, Mn. A memorial service is being planned in the Twin Cities later in October also.

Chris was part of the Minnesota library community for nearly 30 years. He worked Lake Agassi Regional Library System for several years before moving to St. Paul to serve as Executive Director of the College Libraries in Consortium, and then his current job as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA.) In addition, Chris was an active member of the broader library community. He was a former President of the MN Library Association and served on the board of the MN Association of Library Friends for 15 years, and was also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the St. Catherine University School of Library and Information Science. He was the recipient of many awards in recognition of his work and charitable efforts with Minnesota Libraries. Chris was a colleague and friend to many of us, and a strong supporter of Minnesota libraries. He will be missed.

 

 

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