Diversity

1970

  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.

 

1976

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.

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.

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