1900-1909

1905

Starting in 1905, ALA began to issue recommendations for the education of librarians ensuring the highest standards within the profession.  That year ALA recommended that two to three years of college be a pre-requisite to library education. 

1905

The ALA has produced a number of publications during its history.  The Booklist, a guide to current library materials, began publication in 1905. It continues to be published today. 

1905

The first bookmobile was established in 1905 at the Washington County Public Library (Md.). The original bookmobile was a wagon with horses which were driven by the library janitor. The was wagon had room for 200 books.  Mary L. Titcomb was the librarian who instigated this innovation. It was originally designed for service to children.

1906

The location of ALA headquarters has moved several times since the 1876 conference.  The first office was established 1906 at 34 Newbury Street, Boston.  It closed at the end of the following year.

1907

ALA Bulletin, now American Libraries, began very shortly after Booklist in 1907.

1908

ALA began holding an annual business meeting, which became the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

1909

 In 1909 the council was enlarged to include the Executive Board, all ex-Presidents of ALA, and fifty additional members--half chosen by the Council, half by the membership. This new enlarged council took over the business affairs of ALA.  This year also saw the appointment of the first salaried executive secretary: Charles Hadley.

1909

After the closure of the ALA headquarters in Boston, the first of the Chicago headquarters opened. The next headquarters were established in 1909 in space donated by the Chicago Public Library.  Headquarters were at that location until 1924.

The Chicago Cultural Center was the main public library building in Chicago at the time.