1980s

1981

In 1981, ALA headquarters was expanded to provide more space for a growing organization. 50 E. Huron was connected to the adjacent building and the Huron plaza building was dedicated.

1982

"Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. As we commemorate 30 years of Banned Books Week and enter our 31st year of protecting readers' rights, ALA is pleased to unveil this timeline of significant banned and challenged books."  See more of the Banned Books Timeline

1983

ALA Council approves establishment of the Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT); name changed to Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table in 1989.

1988

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is @ your library® - it's your library card. September was first so designated in 1988, as a continuation of a national campaign launched the previous year.

1989

ALA Literacy Assembly established.