Medical and Scientific Libraries of Long Island (MEDLI) was founded by Brynhild U. Olah (b. February 8, 1907 in Ohio) in 1960. The stated purpose of this new organization was to provide reciprocal lending privileges to neighboring medical and scientific libraries. toward this end, Meadowbrook Hospital (now Nassau County Medical Center) compiled a list of all journal holding in nearby hospitals.

Bea was the director of the medical library at Nassau County Medical Center from October 21, 1957 to April 12, 1970 and was the first president of MEDLI from 1962 to 1964. The first meeting was held on April 13, 1962, with twenty attendees. At the April 6, 1965 meeting, the members voted to call the organization “MEDLI.”

All presidents’ names and terms of office can be found on our Presidents page.

A list of past programs is on our Programs page. If you are able to fill in any of the blanks, please send your information to the webmaster. Any other suggestions for historical information are welcome.