Library director Larry Greenwood and his celebratory cake for the completion of the library.
Olson and Haugland at the dedication
Larry Greenwood and Brynhild Haugland at the dedication
Architects Edward Leonard and Joel Davy
A dedidcation ceremony for the Gordon B. Olson Library was held on Tuesday, September 15, 1992. Although the library opened in June, the dedication was postponed for a few months to correlate with the return of alumni during homecoming. Library director, Larry Greenwood stated, “We thought it would be nice to have it when many alumni were on campus.”
Many speakers were present for the ribbon cutting including Dr. Gordon B. Olson, Governor George Sinner, MSU President H. Erik Shaar, Board of Higher Education President E. Gene Martin, North Dakota University System Chancellor Douglas Treadway, Minot City Manager Robert Schempp, MSU Student Association President Scott Carlson, and MSU Faculty Senate President Paul Venzke. Dr. Olson shared his love of books and their importance. He said that the experience of the dedication was humbling and thanked everyone who participated in the finished product, from the legislators to the contractors.
Brynhild Haugland, former graduate of Minot State Teachers College and a long-time member of the North Dakota Legislature, also attended the ceremony as she had donated a large number of her personal papers from her 52 years in service to the state.
Over the next two years, the library would become a fully functioning, invaluable MSU resource. With a microcomputer lab and media center, over 9,400 non-print materials ranging from videos to slides, and use of the On-line Dakota Information Network (ODIN), the GBO library has been one of the latest and most significant additions to the MSU campus.