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  1. 1958

    The first National Library Week occurred in 1958. Read more about National Library Week at National Library Week History which includes lists of both the National Library Week Honorary Chairpersons and the National Library Week Themes, from 1958 to the pr ...

    HDAVIES - 04/10/2015 - 18:43 - About ALA

  2. 1989

    ALA Literacy Assembly established. "To establish a focal point with ALA that will emphasize the Association’s continuing commitment to literacy beyond divisional and unit membership committees; to provide an opportunity for broad representation of th ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 14:18 - About ALA

  3. 1985

    The first School Library Month is held. "The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983. Thomas and her c ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 14:09 - About ALA

  4. 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

  5. 1972

    ALA passes the Standards for Accreditation. These standards ensure that all librarians receive the necessary education for their profession. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:07 - About ALA

  6. 2013

    ALA continues to accredit library schools today under the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies (PDF).  These education standards ensure that librarians meet the highest expectations of their profess ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:06 - About ALA

  7. 1999

    ALA convened the first Congress on Professional Education in 1999, focusing on initial preparation for librarianship. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:07 - About ALA

  8. 1951

    In 1951 the new Standards for Accreditation were approved by ALA Council, stating that that the professional program should encompass a minimum of five years of study beyond secondary school and should lead to a master's degree. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:07 - About ALA

  9. 1923

    By 1923 the Committee on Library Training recommended that ALA appoint a board or committee to review library training agencies and to define standards for evaluating or accrediting them. The Temporary Library Training Board was appointed. The same year, ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:07 - About ALA

  10. 1905

    Starting in 1905, ALA began to issue recommendations for the education of librarians ensuring the highest standards within the profession.  That year ALA recommended that two to three years of college be a pre-requisite to library education.  ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 12:07 - About ALA