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  1. 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

  2. 1955

    1955 saw the release of a report by Cresap, McCormick and Paget to the members on the management of the ALA. The report called for a change in the structure of the divisions to the present organization. As a result of this report, since 1957, there have b ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:39 - About ALA

  3. 1939

    The structure of ALA has changed overtime. The division structure started in 1939 with the Third Activities Committee. Some committees, working groups, and round tables already existed before the divisions. Library Bill of Rights is adopted the same year. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:39 - About ALA

  4. 1919

    In 1919, the Executive board becomes the governing board of ALA. ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:40 - About ALA

  5. 1909

     In 1909 the council was enlarged to include the Executive Board, all ex-Presidents of ALA, and fifty additional members--half chosen by the Council, half by the membership. This new enlarged council took over the business affairs of ALA.  This year also ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:40 - About ALA

  6. 1892

    The ALA Council was first established in 1892 by a revision of the ALA Constitution. The Council consisted of 10 members who were elected by the membership and given authority for the creation of policy and new sections.  ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:40 - About ALA

  7. 1840

    That same year as Harvard developed the card catalog, 1840,  the University of South Carolina opened the first separate academic library building. There had been university libraries before, but they were housed in multi-use buildings. The University of S ...

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

  8. 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

  9. 1848

    The first public library in the U.S. is contested, but there are three generally accepted answers.  The last contender for this title is the Boston Public Library. It was the first free municipal library in a large community and was founded in 1848, almos ...

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

  10. 1833

    The first free modern public library was opened in 1833. The Peterborough (N.H.) Town Libraries was the first institution funded by a municipality with the explicit purpose of establishing a free library open to all classes of the community.  ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:42 - About ALA