By 1970 the Black Caucus of the American Library Association was formed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. 

The website of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association provides a detailed history.



ALA passes the Standards for Accreditation. These standards ensure that all librarians receive the necessary education for their profession.


First National Legislative Day, sponsored by the Washington Office.

National Library Legislative Day is an annual event.

Scenes from National Legislative Day 2012


In 1976, ALA saw its first African-American president. Clara Stanton Jones was elected president that year.

"Jones’s 26-year career at DPL [Detroit Public Library] culminated in a promotion to the directorship in 1970, where she served until her retirement in 1978. A renowned mentor to young professionals, Jones was ALA’s first African-American president, serving from 1976 to 1977.


The Library Instruction Round Table was started in 1977 with the intent to bring together librarians who provide library instruction across all types of libraries -- academic, public, school, and special libraries.

Information on LIRT History Anniversary celebrations

List of past LIRT Leadership

List of past LIRT publications