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  1. 1931

    The Junior Members Round Table (now the New Members Round Table) began meeting as an informal group at the conference in New Haven, Conn. "(1).  Its primary purpose was to organize social meetings and to hold a Round Table devoted to issues of partic ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:28 - About ALA

  2. 1930

    First meeting of the Young People's Reading Round Table; now part of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). According to the International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science, this round table was founded as part of the Childre ...

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

  3. 1908

    ALA began holding an annual business meeting, which became the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The ALA Midwinter Meeting is convened for the primary purpose of expediting the business of the Association through sessions of its governing and administrative delegate ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:31 - 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. 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. ...

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

  7. 1909

    After the closure of the ALA headquarters in Boston, the first of the Chicago headquarters opened. The next headquarters were established in 1909 in space donated by the Chicago Public Library.  Headquarters were at that location until 1924. The Chicago C ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:37 - About ALA

  8. 1906

    The location of ALA headquarters has moved several times since the 1876 conference.  The first office was established 1906 at 34 Newbury Street, Boston.  It closed at the end of the following year. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:38 - About ALA

  9. 1907

    ALA Bulletin, now American Libraries, began very shortly after Booklist in 1907. "American Libraries, the flagship magazine of the American Library Association, is published bimonthly, six times a year, with four quarterly digital supplements,  by th ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:38 - About ALA

  10. 1905

    The ALA has produced a number of publications during its history.  The Booklist, a guide to current library materials, began publication in 1905. It continues to be published today.  "For over 100 years Booklist magazine has helped more readers find ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:38 - About ALA