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.

"The Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Task Force (EMIE) of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) was elevated to the status of Round Table at the 1982 American Library Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The decision by the Committee on Organization (COO) was regarded by EMIE members attending ALA Philadelphia as a step towards upgrading future EMIE programs in cooperation with other agencies interested in library work, with and for the benefit of ethnic groups all over the country. The petition to COO had been presented by David Cohen, past EMIE coordinator, and was supported by the Council Committee on Minority Concerns and the Advisory Committee to the Office of Library Outreach Services. Approval by ALA Council came in January 1983." Read more from EMIERT