"The formation of the "Division of Public Libraries" of the American Library Association was approved by ALA Council in 1944, following petitions signed by nearly 1,200 members." Read more from the History of the Public Library Association
The Division of Public Libraries is now the Public Library Association.
"The original mission of the division was "to advance public library interests and to cooperate in the promotion of library service in general." (ALA Handbook, December 1, 1944)." Read More
List of past PLA presidents from 1944 to the present.