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  1. 1995

    Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 11:06 - About ALA

  2. 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. "The Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Task Force (EMIE) of t ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 13:41 - About ALA

  3. 1921

    Thomas Fountain Blue was the first African-American to head a public library system. In 1921, he became the first African-American to speak at an ALA program. "The Reverend Thomas F. Blue, the nation’s first African-American to head a public library, ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:29 - About ALA

  4. 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 reti ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:35 - About ALA

  5. 1998

    In 1998 the ALA Council voted commitment to five Key Action Areas as guiding principles for directing the Association’s energies and resources: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:36 - About ALA

  6. 1840

    The first library card catalog was created at Harvard in 1840. "Until the eighteenth century, when French revolutionaries took inventory of French libraries on the backs of confiscated playing cards, library catalogs were merely lists written or prin ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:41 - About ALA

  7. 1956

    1956 saw the first integrated annual conference in Miami Beach after years of avoiding the South as a meeting place due to racial segregation. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 14:24 - About ALA

  8. 1911

    Theresa West Elmendorf was elected the first woman ALA President: 19 years before women could vote in American elections.  ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:08 - About ALA

  9. 1921

    The first ALA round table met to encourage library patron diversity, "  ALA's Work with Negroes Round Table". The round table was began to examine the state of equitable access to library materials for African-Americans.  The round table co ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:29 - About ALA

  10. 1876

    Working with people of all races and sexes has been a goal since early in ALA history.  Thirteen of the original members present at the founding of ALA were women. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:43 - About ALA