Organizational Excellence

1957

"The Young Adult Services Division was formally established in June 1957, after a massive reorganization effort within ALA made substantive organizational changes, including the splitting of the Association of Young People's librarians (established in 1941) into the Children's Library Association and the Young Adult Services Division. Mildred Batchelder was the first Executive Secretary (1957--1965), serving both the Children's and Young Adult divisions from her ALA Office.

1958

The first National Library Week occured in 1958.

"First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

1962

ALA organizes "Library-21" a futuristic exhibit, at the Seattle World's Fair.

1964

ALA sponsors Library USA exhibit at the 1964 and 1965 New York World's Fair

1967

The Office for Intellectual Freedom established.

"Social movements are used to change existing social patterns. Causes may be promoted through the actions of individual librarians or by the work of social institutions like the American Library Association.

1973

First National Legislative Day, sponsored by the Washington Office.

National Library Legislative Day is an annual event.

Scenes from National Legislative Day 2012

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.

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

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.

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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